COCA Training and Conference Announcement

September 2, 2016

COCA Training and Conferences

The COCA Training and Conferences webpage has been updated to include conferences from September 2016 – February 2017. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences sponsored by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.

Recent COCA Calls

Zika Update: Clinical Laboratory Testing and Care of Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection
During this COCA Call, presenters discussed the updated interim clinical guidelines, which include evaluation and management recommendations. This information can help pediatric healthcare providers better understand the appropriate tests and clinical approaches for evaluating and managing infants, born to mothers in the United States and its territories, with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection. 

Dosing and Titrating Opioids
During this COCA Call, presenters discussed the association between opioid dosage and opioid therapy benefits and harms. In addition, presenters used a case study of a patient with severe back pain on oxycodone to guide clinicians through safe opioid prescribing practices.

Updated Interim Zika Clinical Guidance for Pregnant Women and Data on Contraceptive Use to Decrease Zika-affected Pregnancies
During this COCA Call, presenters discussed the updated CDC interim guidance for caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure and strategies for increasing access to contraceptive methods and services to minimize the number of pregnancies affected by Zika.

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.

September COCA Partner Spotlight

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. This month, COCA is pleased to feature the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) in the COCA Partner Spotlight. ENA advocates for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice.

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

The Public Health Grand Rounds is a series created to further strengthen CDC’s common scientific culture and foster discussion and debate on major public health issues.

  • Point-of-Care Newborn Screening: The Challenges for Public Health

  Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET 

Registration is not required. Watch live and archived broadcasts.

CDC Learning Connection

The CDC Learning Connection is your source for information about public health training developed by CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies. Through website features, social media, and an e-newsletter, CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about training opportunities, including many that offer free continuing education (CE).

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