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COCA Email Updates: May 21 - June 4, 2012

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Available for download:June 4, 2012 COCA Email Update

COCA News and Announcements

Recent COCA Call/Webinar

Improving Disaster Planning in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies – May 8 (CDC)

Additional COCA Conference Calls
Free CE credit/contact hours (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most COCA calls.

New Name for the COCA E-mail Distribution Listserv
COCA E-mail distribution list has a new name, COCA subscribers now receive COCA Updates, Conference and TrainingAnnouncements, CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Messages, Clinical Reminders, and COCA Call Announcements through the new listserv. COCA no longer distributes E-mails through CDC-Clinician Terrorism Training Listserv or CDC-Clinician Terrorism Update Listserv.

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) 2012 Annual Institute

Date:June 7- 9, 2012

Location:Portland, OR

ACHNE provides a meeting ground for those committed to excellence in community and public health nursing education, research, and practice. The purpose of the 2012 Annual Institute is to provide community/public health nurse educators innovative, effective, evidenced-based strategies to meet twenty-first century public health priorities. COCA will be presenting a poster at the Annual Institute titled “Preparing Public Health Nurses to Respond to Health Threats through Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity.”

CDC News and Announcements

"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to highlight prevention activities. The series features research and program activity from CDC. Please access, use, and share this information broadly with your colleagues and partners.

CDC Science Clips: Volume 4, Issue: 21 – May 31 (CDC)
Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. This week’s Science Clips features scientific articles related to the growing threat of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea, and what actions public health, clinicians, and at-risk people can take.

Public Health Preparedness

CDC Releases Older Adult Preparedness Portal – May 28 (CDC)
CDC releases a cross-sector preparedness guide and Web portal designed to help states, communities, and partners plan for and protect vulnerable older adults in all hazards emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – (CDC)
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources Page for Clinicians – (CDC)
A resource for scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response trainings offered by federal agencies and COCA partners.

CDC Public Health Matters Blog – (CDC)
CDC shares stories on preparing for and responding to public health events.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Hurricane Preparedness Week – May 31 (HHS)
May 27 to June 2 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a time to plan what actions we should take as individuals and communities to reduce the impact of a hurricane disaster. The effects of these storms can be devastating and can have long-lasting consequences, including loss of life and property. Regardless of whether the hurricane season is forecasted to be above or below average you can be a force of nature by having a personal hurricane plan in place now.

Hurricane Readiness – May 28 (CDC)
You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family.

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Wildfires – (CDC)
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Know whether you are at risk and protect yourself.

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

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June 1, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 21Download .pdf document of this issue

May 25, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 20Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases


Weekly Flu View – Jun 01 (CDC)
During week 21 (May 20 – 26, 2012), influenza activity declined nationally and in most regions and in most areas of the United States.

National Influenza Vaccination Week – May 22 (CDC)
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. NIVW will be held December 2-8, 2012. Check back soon for information about NIVW 2012.

NIVDP Influential News, Special Edition, 5/2012, PDF – May 15 (CDC)
This edition recognizes grassroots leaders within the African American community, unstoppable in spreading the word about influenza vaccination.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – May 24 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issuedwhen long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – Jun 01 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries, visit

Benzocaine and Babies: Not a Good Mix – May 31 (FDA)
When a baby is teething, many a mom or dad reaches for a pain remedy containing benzocaine to help soothe sore gums. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic and can be found in such over-the-counter (OTC) products as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, and Orabase. But the use of benzocaine gels and liquids for mouth and gum pain can lead to a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia. And children under 2 years old appear to be at particular risk.

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry – May 30 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) and Veterinary Services to investigate an outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to chicks and ducklings from a single mail-order hatchery in Ohio.

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