COCA Training and Conference Announcement - December 2, 2016

COCA Training and Conferences

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

Upcoming COCA Calls

Risk Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Opioid Overdoses
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 2:00–3:00
During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about steps they can take when concerning information is discovered through prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) checks or urine drug testing (UDT). Presenters will review how to evaluate factors that increase risk for opioid overdose and how to determine when co-prescribing naloxone would be beneficial. In addition, a case study of a 46-year-old man with chronic low back pain, on high-dose opioid, will be presented to illustrate how PDMP and UDT results and medical evaluation can be used for opioid treatment decision-making.

Gearing up for the Travel Season: How Clinicians Can Ensure Their Patients are Packed with Knowledge on Zika Prevention
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 2:00–3:00
During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about current CDC travel recommendations, how to determine which patients should receive Zika testing after traveling to an area with Zika, and the recommendations for patients before and after travel to help them protect themselves and others from Zika.

Recent COCA Calls

Updated CDC Zika Laboratory Testing Guidance
During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed the updated recommendations in CDC’s Guidance for U.S. Laboratories Testing for Zika Virus Infection and their role in testing specimens collected from patients. In addition, subject matter experts from CDC, the American Society for Microbiology, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories discussed changes to the CDC Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR (rRT-PCR) Assay Emergency Use Authorization, examined the use of non-CDC developed assays, and reviewed recommendations for plaque reduction neutralization testing in Puerto Rico. 

Assessment and Evidence-based Treatments for Opiod use Disorder
During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed OUD diagnosis criteria, evidence-based treatment options, and patient education techniques. Presenters used actual case studies to illustrate how clinicians can use recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to select OUD evidence-based treatment options such as medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine or methadone in combination with behavioral therapies. 

Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls. For more information about free CE, visit

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.

December 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 National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) in the COCA Partner Spotlight. NEHA’s mission is to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment to all.

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.

Public Health Law: A Tool to Address Emerging Health Concerns
Tuesday, December 13, 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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