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CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) has developed partnerships with national clinician organizations to facilitate communication regarding disease outbreaks and terrorism events. CDC communicates with its clinician partners via monthly conference calls and weekly e-mail updates.

COCA Digest: November 6, 2017

Posted on November 7, 2017 | 11:00 am

Upcoming COCA Call: December 7, 2017: 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 the call, clinicians will learn 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.

Posted on November 7, 2017 | 11:00 am

COCA Learn: November 3, 2017

Posted on November 7, 2017 | 11:00 am

Upcoming COCA Call: November 7, 2017: What’s New for the 2017-2018 Flu Season: Recommendations for Children

Influenza remains a serious threat to child morbidity and mortality. More than 100 flu-associated deaths in children during the 2016–2017 influenza season were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clinicians play a critical role in taking action to immunize children, children’s family members, caregivers, and themselves. The early use of antiviral drugs in children can reduce the duration of symptoms, and prevent serious complications of influenza. However, immunization remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness and its complications. During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will highlight critical information about this year’s flu season, and discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children.

Posted on October 30, 2017 | 12:00 pm

New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 408 - Advice for Providers Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas, Including Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies and global health partners in response to recent hurricanes. CDC is aware of media reports and anecdotal accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food, and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases exist. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians assessing patients currently in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Additionally, this Advisory provides guidance to state and territorial health departments on enhanced disease reporting.

Posted on October 24, 2017 | 2:30 pm

Upcoming COCA Call: October 26, 2017: Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

Primary care providers are essential for promoting children’s mental health and well-being throughout the recovery process following hurricanes. Disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria can cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Additionally, disasters often impact healthcare providers to at least the same degree they impact others in the community, and being with suffering children and families can be distressing for providers. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn to identify common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and the importance of professional self-care and strategies to address this need.

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Upcoming COCA Call: November 2, 2017: The Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic viruses–those which are transmitted between animals and people, represent an important group of pathogens that are responsible for a growing number of significant epidemics. SARS coronavirus, Ebola, Nipah virus, avian influenza, and perhaps most importantly, HIV, are all recently emergent zoonotic viruses that originated in wild animal populations and have caused significant morbidity and mortality in human, and in some cases, animal populations. Zoonotic viruses can have profound health and economic impacts globally, even when occurring in relatively isolated regions, thereby making them a significant challenge for the global health community. The majority of viral pandemics are triggered by human activities such as deforestation, agricultural expansion and intensification, urbanization, hunting, travel, and wildlife trade. To be able to minimize the impact of emerging viral zoonoses requires an understanding of the viral diversity within key wildlife reservoirs, the types of human behaviors that increase exposure to an infection with zoonotic viruses, and the ability to rapidly identify the etiologic agent behind clusters of human or domestic animal disease so that effective interventions can be implemented. During this COCA Call, participants will gain a broad understanding of how spillover and disease emergence occurs. This COCA Call will use Nipah virus and Ebola virus as case studies and discuss effective interventions that reduce the risk of spillover of both known and unknown pathogens from wildlife. We will also discuss efforts that are currently underway to enhance the global community’s capacity to detect and respond to the emergence of novel zoonoses.

Posted on October 23, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Upcoming COCA Call: October 12, 2017: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a critical role in protecting older adults (age 65 years and older) against influenza (flu). Despite concerted efforts to promote annual influenza vaccination in older adults, persistent knowledge gaps exist regarding the burden of disease and the risk of flu and related complications for this vulnerable population. According to recent research, the phenomenon known as immunosenescence leaves older adults less responsive to standard influenza vaccines. HCPs play a critical role in strongly recommending and ensuring flu vaccination for older adults. During this COCA Call, presenters will share easy-to-use education materials available to support HCPs in discussing flu prevention with older adult patients.

Posted on September 28, 2017 | 2:00 pm

New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 407 - Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51 Brucella Contracted from Consumption of Raw Milk

The Texas Department of State Health Services, with assistance from CDC, is investigating Brucella RB51 exposures and illnesses that may be connected to the purchase and consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas. Symptoms of brucellosis can include: fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache, fatigue, muscle & joint pain, and potentially more serious complications (e.g., swelling of heart, liver, or spleen, neurologic symptoms).

Posted on September 13, 2017 | 1:30 pm

New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 406 - Hurricane Harvey—Clinical Guidance for Carbon

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. During a significant power outage, persons using alternative fuel or power sources such as generators or gasoline powered engine tools such as pressure washers might be exposed to toxic CO levels if the fuel or power sources are placed inside or too close to the exterior of the building causing CO to build up in the structure. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians evaluating persons affected by the storm to maintain a high index of suspicion for CO poisoning.

Posted on September 9, 2017 | 10:30 pm

New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 405 - Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and Local Health Departments, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities and to provide guidance to healthcare providers of the increase in reported cases. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, to primary care providers, and to microbiology laboratories. Healthcare providers should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. Testing for Cyclospora is not routinely done in most U.S. laboratories, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities.

Posted on August 7, 2017 | 3:00 pm

Upcoming COCA Call: July 27: Zika Virus: Updates to Clinical Guidance and Recommendations for Pregnant Women and Infants

CDC has updated its interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus to include separate recommendations for pregnant women with symptoms and pregnant women without symptoms. In addition, CDC recently released its latest findings from the Zika pregnancy and infant registries on pregnancy outcomes for pregnant women with Zika virus infection in the U.S. territories and has new updates for healthcare providers on pediatric ophthalmologic findings in infants with possible congenital Zika virus exposure. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the recent updates to CDC’s interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus; hear about the latest findings on pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. territories, based on the Zika pregnancy and infant registries; and receive new information on pediatric ophthalmologic findings to assist in caring for patients based on currently available data.

Posted on July 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm

SAMHSA

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA Shares Latest Behavioral Health Data, Including Opioid Misuse

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SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides the latest estimates on substance use and mental health.

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Posted on October 12, 2017 | 4:25 am

SAMHSA Celebrates Recovery Month

Recovery Month Press Conference Speakers

Every September, as a part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA celebrates people who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and those who provide treatment and recovery services.

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Posted on October 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Dr. McCance-Katz Appointed Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz

Dr. McCance-Katz is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. This position was created under the 21st Century Cures Act and will support behavioral health priorities including the opioid epidemic.

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Posted on August 28, 2017 | 12:15 pm

Enhancing Trauma-Informed Approaches in Behavioral Healthcare

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SAMHSA seeks to integrate and enhance trauma-informed approaches in behavioral healthcare.

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Posted on August 11, 2017 | 3:30 am

Learning Center Brings Research to Practice

SAMHSA launched a redesigned NREPP Learning Center to support the use of research to improve behavioral health.

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Posted on August 7, 2017 | 6:30 am

Pain Management and Opioid Use with Veterans and Service Members

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SAMHSA is working with the VA and DoD to enhance informed prescribing practices and prevent misuse with veterans and military service members that can result in overdose or death.

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Posted on June 12, 2017 | 5:00 am

“Making Each Day Count” for Prevention Week

Prevention Week Logo

This week individuals, communities, and organizations focused on "making each day count" - this year's theme for Prevention Week.

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Posted on May 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Spotlights on Six Trauma-Informed Resilient Communities

Series highlights efforts underway to stimulate collaborations that address trauma.

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Posted on May 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Transitioning from Prison to Community

Guidelines give behavioral health providers recommended supportive approaches to help people transition from prison successfully.

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Posted on April 6, 2017 | 10:00 am


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