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Upcoming COCA Call


Multidrug-resistant Candida auris: Update on Current U.S. Epidemiology, Clinical Profile, Management, and Control Strategies

Candida aurisDate: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Candida auris (C. auris) is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for 3 main reasons:

  1. It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning multiple antifungal drugs are less or not at all effective in treating C. auris.
  2. It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management.
  3. It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. It is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread.

Most C. auris cases in the United States have been detected in the New York City area, New Jersey, and the Chicago area. Clusters of cases have also recently been described in Florida, Texas, and California. C. auris cases in the United States are originally a result of inadvertent introduction into the United States from a patient who had received healthcare in a country where C. auris has been reported. Most cases now are a result of local spread after such an introduction.


During this COCA Call, CDC presenters will

  • Provide an update on the current status of C. auris
  • Explain why it is a public health threat
  • Review current U.S. epidemiology and resistance patterns to antifungal drugs
  • Discuss clinical considerations when treating patients for C. auris
  • Lay out steps for identifying and controlling C. auris

If you are unable to attend this live COCA Call, the webinar will be available on-demand a few days after the call takes place. Free continuing education (CE) will be available until July 2021. 

Recent COCA Call


Most Measles Cases in 25 Years: Is This the End of Measles Elimination in the United States?
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During this COCA Call, clinicians learned what is making 2019 a historic year for measles, and what they can do to help identify cases and stop measles transmission.

Free CE
will be available for this call until June 2021.

On-Demand COCA Calls - Free CE


COCA Calls offer the most up-to-date information and guidance for clinicians about key emergency preparedness and response topics and emerging public health threats. If you were unable to attend a live call, archived COCA Calls are available on-demand. Free CE is available for most COCA Calls.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources


Emergency Preparedness and Response

This page features scheduled and on-demand access to information on emergency preparedness and response training resources that CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners offer—be sure to check out these valuable resources.

COCA partners, do you have a training course that is related to emergency preparedness and response? If so, let us know by sending an email to and we will include your course!

Conference and Training Opportunities


A paper with the words training written across the topThe Conference and Training Opportunities webpage is updated to include conferences from June–December 2019. This page features scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners.


June COCA Partner Spotlight


COCA Partner BadgeCOCA is pleased to feature the National Medical Association (NMA) in our June COCA Partner Spotlight! NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies.

NMA's mission is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.

NMA is hosting their Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly July 27-31, 2019 in Honolulu, HI. To learn more about NMA, visit their website and like them on Facebook.

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. 

Other Training Opportunities


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Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course

Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) Online Training Course

This educational offering is to provide a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework, referred to as the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system, which includes specific recommendations and tools for all phases of a response, including the pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases.

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  1. List and describe the steps in the ERHMS process.
  2. Describe pre-deployment activities, including rostering, training, and pre-deployment health screening.
  3. Describe how to perform monitoring and ongoing assessment of responders during emergent events.
  4. Describe how to capture data to identify which responders would benefit from medical referral and long-term health surveillance.
  5. Select and implement strategies to prevent or detect disease in the target population.

Free CE for this training is available until July 17, 2019. 


CDC Grand Rounds

Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse upcoming and previous presentations. Free CE is available for most topics.




Looking for training on other public health topics? CDC TRAIN, CDC's online learning system, provides access to more than 1,000 courses that CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed. CDC has approved and verified courses offered by CDC providers. 



CDC Learning Connection
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CDC Learning Connection’s June Courses:
Opioids and Epidemiology

The CDC Learning Connection features quality public health learning opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. Through monthly website features, social media, and an e-newsletter, the CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about public health trainings, including many that offer free CE.

Start your summer by taking one of the CDC Learning Connection’s featured courses! 

  • Did you know a validated instrument such as the PEG Assessment Scale can help you quickly assess and monitor patients with chronic pain? Learn additional best practices with the Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids training series. Earn free CE .
  • How do we know if something causes a disease or improves health? Learn seven guidelines that can help you determine causality with the Cause and Effect in Epidemiology training from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on public health trainings from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners. 


Clinician’s Corner Featuring David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAPWelcome to the Clinician’s Corner! 

Each month we feature a CDC clinician, a clinician who has collaborated with COCA, or someone who has presented on a COCA Call. This month, we’re featuring David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP.

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, located at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in the University of Southern California. He is Professor of the Practice in Social Work and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

For more than 30 years, he has provided consultation and training to schools on supporting students and staff at times of crisis and loss in the aftermath of numerous school crisis events and disasters in the United States and abroad. He has also provided training on school and community shootings and stabbings; flooding from Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Hurricane Sandy in New York City and New Jersey, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Alabama; wildfires; and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China.

He coordinated the training for school crisis response teams for the New York City Department of Education after the events of September 11, 2001. Dr. Schonfeld frequently speaks on the topics of crisis and loss and has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. He has conducted school-based research involving children’s understanding of and adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to promote adjustment and risk prevention.

Dr. Schonfeld is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council and the National Biodefense Science Board/National Preparedness and Response Science Board. He served as a Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission in CT; and as President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 2006-2007.

Listen to Dr. Schonfeld speak during a COCA Call about primary care providers’ role in supporting children, families, and professional self-care following hurricanes and other disasters . Free CE is available until November 26, 2019. 



2019 "Pink Book Wednesdays" Webinar Series
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CDC is offering a weekly one-hour series of 15 webinars that will provide an overview of vaccination principles, general recommendations, immunization strategies, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.

Each webinar will explore a chapter from the 13th edition of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (the Pink Book) and also include updated information from recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meetings and votes.

The webinars started on June 5, 2019, and will air live most Wednesdays from 12–1 p.m. ET through September 25, 2019. Please visit the Pink Book webinar web page for the schedule and additional information. Continuing Education (CE) will be available for each event. 




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