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CDC’s MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new free continuing education (CE) activity. This activity includes the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for use of the hepatitis A vaccine for persons experiencing homelessness. The ACIP recommendations reported in MMWR are the basis of the activity.


This activity is for public health officials, emergency medicine clinicians, family medicine practitioners, infectious disease physicians, internists, nurses, pediatricians, pharmacists, and other physicians who care for homeless patients who might benefit from vaccination against hepatitis A.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to

  1. Describe the specific ACIP recommendation for use of the hepatitis A vaccine for persons experiencing homelessness and the implications for public health practice;
  2. Determine clinical considerations for use of the hepatitis A vaccine for persons experiencing homelessness, according to the ACIP recommendations; and
  3. Explain the rationale for use of the hepatitis A vaccine for persons experiencing homelessness, according to the ACIP recommendations.

Access this free MMWR/Medscape CE activity here. If you are not a registered user on Medscape, register for free or log in without a password and get unlimited access to all CE activities and other Medscape features.


For more information on upcoming trainings and conferences organized or sponsored by federal agencies or COCA partner organizations, which include non-federal organizations, visit this page. It has been updated to include conferences from August-December 2019.



Public Health 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 CDC Training on Antibotic Stewardshipt

Discover CDC Learning Connection’s featured trainings for August! 

Policy Analysis and Antibiotic Stewardship

  • Policy has been a useful tool in many public health achievements. Take CDC’s Introduction to Policy Analysis in Public Health course to learn techniques for analyzing public health policy options. 
  • Antibiotic resistance is an urgent public health threat. Learn strategies to optimize antibiotic use and combat antibiotic resistance with the CDC’s Antibiotic Stewardship Training Course. Earn free CE.  

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. 


Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

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 view these valuable resources.

COCA partners, do you have a training course that is related to emergency preparedness and response? If so, send an email to and we will include your course.


COCA Partner Spotlight 

National Association of Community Health Centers

COCA is pleased to feature the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) in our August COCA Partner Spotlight

The NACHC was founded in 1971 to promote efficient, high quality, comprehensive health that is accessible, culturally and linguistically competent, community directed, and patient centered for all. 

NACHC serves as the leading national advocacy organization in support of community-based health centers and the expansion of health care access for the medically undeserved and uninsured. They conduct research and analysis that informs both the public and private sectors about the work of health centers. NACHC also p
rovides training, leadership development and technical assistance to health center staff and boards to support and strengthen health center operations and governance.


NACHC also works closely with chartered State and Regional Primary Care Associations (PCAs) to fulfill their shared health care mission and support the growth and development of community-based health center programs. Read more about NACHC in your state or region.

To learn more about NACHC, visit their website and like them on Facebook

Partnerships with professional associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.


Clinician's Corner Featuring Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Dr. Susan LittleWelcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month, we feature a CDC clinician, a clinician who has collaborated with COCA, or a presenter from a COCA Call. This month we’re excited to feature Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM.

Dr. Little is a Regents Professor and the Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in veterinary parasitology at Oklahoma State University where she teaches veterinary students and oversees a research program focused on ticks and tick-borne infections. She has been active in research on ticks and tick-borne infections in North America for more than 20 years and has received numerous awards for teaching and research. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.

Dr. Little received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University after which she pursued her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She then completed her PhD from the University of Georgia.

Listen to Dr. Little present during a COCA Call: The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections. Free CE is available until January 2020.


On-Demand COCA Calls 

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, you may view it on-demand. Free CE is available for most COCA Calls.




Epidemiology and prevention of vaccine-preventable diseasesPink Book Webinar Series 

This online series of 15 webinars provides an overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Each one-hour webinar explores a chapter from the 13th edition of “Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases,” also known widely as “The Pink Book.”

Continuing education will be available for each event.


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