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COCA Email Updates: February 11 - February 25, 2013

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Available for download:February 25, 2013, COCA Email Update

COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Conference Exhibits and Presentations:

American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2013 Meeting and Exposition

Date:March 1 – March 4, 2013

Location:Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California

Visit us at Booth 749 to learn how COCA provides two-way communication between clinicians and CDC about emerging health threats, pandemics, natural disasters, and terrorism. COCA is a valuable resource that provides clinicians with a variety of products and services including: email updates on emerging health threats; training and conference announcements; direct email access for questions and feedback; and free CE opportunities. See the APhA Meeting and Exposition webpage above to plan your visit and locate Booth 749.

Public Health Preparedness Summit

Date:March 12 – 15 2013

Location:Atlanta, GA

Please join COCA at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit where COCA will be presenting during the Interactive Session, “Physicians’ Views of Emergency Preparedness, Training, and Communicationon Friday, March 15 from 8:30 - 10:00 AM. During this session results from a national poll of physicians’ views on preparedness provides insights for enhancing partnerships between public health and healthcare. Study results, including key preparedness gaps, will be discussed along with federal efforts to address national healthcare preparedness and emergency communication needs.

Recent COCA Call/Webinar:

Emergency Preparedness: Understanding Physicians’ Concerns and Readiness to Respond

Date:Tuesday, February 12, 2013

During this COCA call, a Harvard School of Public Health researcher shared findings from their physician preparedness poll, and representatives from two professional associations discussed policy, practice, and operational tools and resources to assist physicians in All-Hazard emergency preparedness.

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

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 5, Issue: 7 – (CDC)
Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

NEW:Public Health Matters Blog: Do 1 Thing February: Water – February 20 (CDC)
Whether you live in the country or the city, your water supply relies on electricity. If the water purification system in your area is compromised, whether due to severe flooding, power outages, or other problems, the water supply becomes unsafe to drink. As a result, you need to know how to find a source of safe drinking water or how to treat water for use.

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

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

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips – February 19 (CDC)
Returning Home After a Winter Storm? Follow these tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a disaster.

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 19, Number 3 – March 2013
Highlights in this issue include:

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by the CDC. Electronically Subscribe

February 22, 2013 / Vol. 62 / No. 7Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Weekly Flu ViewFebruary 16 (CDC)
This is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Planning and Preparedness: Health Professionals and Seasonal Flu – (HHS)
Health care providers play an important role during flu season. The following guidance and information will assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – February 25 (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

CDC Press Release: Opioids drive continued increase in drug overdose deaths – February 20 (CDC)
Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are published today in a research letter, “Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (HHS/USFDA)
Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries.

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