COCA Learn: January 5, 2018

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Recent COCA Calls


The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections

Over the last three decades, several tick species have increased in number and distribution worldwide. The reasons for these changes are multifactorial and include shifts in climate, habitat, wildlife hosts, and human land use patterns. The expansion in tick populations has directly led to an increased risk of infection for both people and animals with established tick-borne agents and newly identified pathogens, creating a true One Health crisis. During this call, clinicians discussed specific examples of changes in the distribution of ticks and tick-borne infections in North America and the recommended strategies to limit transmission and disease in the face of increasing risk.

Archived COCA Calls are also available. Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

    COCA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage contains information on scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

      Conference and Training Opportunities

        The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from January 2018–June 2018. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences sponsored by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

          January COCA Partner Spotlight

          COCA is pleased to feature the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in our January COCA Partner Spotlight.

          SHEA’s mission is to promote the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic resistance and to advance the fields of healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship. SHEA represents physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise and passion in healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. Partnerships with professional healthcare associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.  

          Learn more about SHEA from their website and follow them on Facebook.

          Training Opportunities

          You Call the Shots (YCTS)

          • YCTS is a self-paced series of individual training modules on vaccine recommendations and practices, with links to resource materials and self-tests to assess learning. 

          Current Issues in Immunization Webinars

          • These webinars are live, one-hour presentations combining an online visual presentation with simultaneous audio via telephone conference call and a live question-and-answer session. Each presentation provides clinicians with up-to-date information on various immunization topics. Specific topic(s) are announced before each session.

          Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Pink Book Webinar Series

          • This online series of 15 webinars provides an overview of vaccination principles, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.

          Vaccine Administration e-Learn

          • Appropriate vaccine administration is a critical component of a successful immunization program. This training addresses knowledge gaps in proper vaccine administration. The course highlights common vaccine administration mistakes and trains providers to avoid administration errors by applying the “Rights of Medication Administration” to each encounter when administering vaccines.

          Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Workshop

          • National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) offers training opportunities to increase the competency of healthcare and public health workers and the capability of healthcare facilities to deliver safe, efficient, and effective patient care. Two new workshops are offered January 3031 in Atlanta, GA and March 2728 in Omaha, NE. The workshops will provide information and tools on the many aspects of managing and maintaining readiness of a facility responsible for assessing and/or treating patients with a special pathogen. There are 120 seats available at each course. The workshop is beneficial to both healthcare workers and public health professionals. There is no tuition cost for this program, and continuing education (CE) credits are available.

          After a Hurricane - Video Trainings

          • There are many hazards to face after a hurricane has passed. Dr. Fernando Stein, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), shares important post-hurricane safety information in this series of videos produced in a collaboration with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The videos are in English and Spanish. Please watch the videos and share with your colleagues and patients.

          Invasive Cancer Incidence & Cancers Associated with Obesity

          • CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Medscape launched new continuing medical education (CME) trainings. The latest activities trainings are on the U.S. cancer incidence and cancers associated with obesity. If you don’t have a Medscape account, you can register for free or login without a password and get unlimited access to all continuing education activities and other Medscape features.

          SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP)

          You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention—Train the Trainer

          • Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, ACIP recommendations, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines. Please visit this page to access the training, and this page to access related HPV resources for clinicians.

          CDC TRAIN

          • CDC TRAIN provides access to more than 1,000 courses developed by the CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.

          Grand Rounds

          • Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. The January session of Public Health Grand Rounds, “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation.” While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. Join us for this session of Grand Round to learn what public health programs have done on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation. Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts. View this session live by accessing the Grand Rounds site on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. (ET), or at a later date when the session is posted to the On-Demand page.  

          Opioids, Gynecologic Cancer, Drug Safety, & Fall Prevention Trainings 

          Kickoff 2018 by completing a featured training on the CDC Learning Connection:

          • Hot Training Topic: Access the latest opioid-related trainings from CDC and other organizations on TRAIN.
          • January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Complete CDC’s “Inside Knowledge” curriculum to learn about cervical and other gynecologic cancers, and earn free CE.
          • Take “FDA’s Role in Public Health” training to learn about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) critical role in the drug regulatory process. Free CE is available.
          • Each year, more than one in four older adults experience a fall. Learn how to screen older adult patients for falls and offer evidence-based interventions in CDC’s “STEADI: Older Adult Fall Prevention” training. Earn free CE.
          • Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on similar public health learning opportunities from CDC, funded partners, and other federal agencies.

          Clinician's Corner Featuring Ingrid Rabe, MBChB, MMed

          Ingrid Rabe

          Welcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month we will feature a CDC clinician or a clinician who has collaborated with COCA or presented on a COCA call. This month, we’re featuring Dr. Ingrid Rabe, MBChB, MMed.

          Dr. Rabe is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Vector-Borne Disease at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has 5 years of subject matter expertise in applied epidemiology in arboviral disease surveillance.

          She has been working on the Zika response as a medical epidemiologist in the Arboviral Diseases Branch of the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. As part of the Arboviral Diseases Branch, she has worked closely with state and local health departments on evaluating data and refining guidance for Zika virus diagnostic testing. Dr. Rabe also continues to work on surveillance and response to other arboviral disease threats domestically and internationally. Her recent publications include an Interim Guidance for Interpretation of Zika Virus Antibody Test Results; Ability to Serologically Confirm Recent Zika Virus Infection nn Areas with Varying Past Incidence Of Dengue Virus Infection; and Zika Virus: Common Questions and Answers.

          In 2016, Dr. Rabe collaborated with COCA to discuss what clinicians needs to know about the Zika virus disease. Be sure to watch the COCA Call and get free Continuing Education (CE).

          COCA Tips

            Here are some COCA tips to our subscribed clinicians:

            • HAN 409: Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment of Patients with Influenza—On December 28, 2017, CDC released a Health Advisory. The advisory provided: 1) a notice about increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications; 2) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations; 3) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season; and 4) background information for patients about influenza treatment.
            • Clinicians, if you work directly with patients or handle material that could spread infection, you should get appropriate vaccines to reduce the chance that you will get or spread vaccine-preventable diseases. Protect yourself, your patients, and your family members by making sure you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccines for healthcare professionals.
            • Many TB patients report feeling isolated and stigmatized through their treatment. You can view and share these TB Personal Stories with patients to motivate and encourage completion of treatment.