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Who's on First? Handoff Strategies in the Children's Hospital
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT
Phone: 888-299-7210
Participant Passcode: 855263
Registration Link:
The "handoff" of a pediatric patient from one person, department, or agency to the next can be a risky moment, especially during a disaster situation. Critical information can be lost or altered to the detriment of the patient and the clinicians in charge of their care. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established best practices and tools to help clinicians every step of the way. In this webinar, pediatrician experts from the Section on Emergency Medicine and Committee on Hospital Care will present on the AAP clinical report "Standardization of Inpatient Handoff Communications", a new policy statement, "Handoffs: Transitions of Care for Children in the Emergency Department", and two new tools: the 'Handoff Evaluation Tool' and the 'Briefing Checklist Tool'. Submit questions ahead of time to or live during the Q&A portion of the webinar. 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available.​

Disaster Health Education Symposium: Advancing the State of the Art
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 7:30am - 6:00pm ET
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland
Registration: There is no registration fee to attend this symposium. Click here to register.

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine will be hosting the Disaster Health Education Symposium: Advancing the State of the Art on September 7, 2017, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. This symposium will provide a forum with a specific focus on education and training in disaster medicine and public health. The symposium will:

  1. Highlight approaches, science, and practice for education and training in disaster medicine and public health.
  2. Present a forum for collaboration and networking among disaster medicine and public health professionals.
  3. Explore the implications of the latest practice and research for disaster medicine and public health learning and performance.
  4. Identify key areas for future research.

The symposium will include an oral and poster abstract competition. Submissions are due by June 30, 2017. Please visit the abstract submission Web site for more details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria Klimczak at (240) 833-4438 or

American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference
Date: September 16-19, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference registration opens April 26, 2017. Below are details about sessions and events that focus on disaster medicine:

  • Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:30am CT– 5:30pm CT
    Peds 21- Pediatricians Leading Change in Physician Health and Wellness
    Presenters: Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP; David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP; Janet Serwint, MD, FAAP; Carol Bernstein
    Physician wellness is a key force impacting the future of pediatrics. Burnout occurs across the spectrum of the pediatric professional career, from trainee to retiree, with nearly half of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians reporting symptoms of burnout. In caring for ourselves, we cultivate our ability to care for children. Join the AAP National Convention and Exhibition pre-conference session, "Pediatricians Leading Change in Physician Health and Wellness". Discover the relationship between burnout, job satisfaction, and quality care. You will leave this session with the skills to implement individual, practice, and organizational wellness strategies on a daily basis and during a disaster.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:30am CT – 10:00am CT
    Zika: The Evolving Story – The Latest & What You Need to Know
    Presenters: James Bale, Jr, MD, FAAP; Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, FAAP
    This session will familiarize pediatricians with the epidemiology, presentation, and diagnostic approach for newborns and infants with a history and/or signs of Zika virus syndrome. The current guidance regarding laboratory testing of infants with possible congenital Zika as well as outpatient management for infants with laboratory evidence of Zika infection with or without abnormalities consistent with Congenital Zika Syndrome will be discussed. Participants will learn about the role of public health in outbreak situations and professional resources available regarding Zika.​
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:30am CT-8:15am CT
    Disaster Preparedness 101
    Presenter: Shana Godfred-Cato, DO, FAAP
    Participants will be provided with an overview of who responds to disasters and what their role is. The presenters will discuss different types of disasters including natural, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. The role of trainees and physicians in disasters will also be discussed. Disaster preparedness techniques for patients and families at home and work/school will be shared.

    **This session repeats on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 9:30am CT-10:15am ​CT.​"​

Global Health & Disasters Course
Date: October 9-20, 2017
Location: Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado in Aurora
Registration: Register early to lock in your participation!
This international health course is a two-week training offered once a year as part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Global Health Track. The first week of the course is the Global Health section (October 9-13, 2017) and the second week of the course is the Disasters section (October 16-19, 2017). This course prepares its participants for international experiences and future global health work. The interactive training incorporates readings, lectures, small group problem based learning exercises, technical skill sessions, and a disaster simulation exercise. Have questions? Please contact Molly Moss, Program Assistant, Center for Global Health, at

2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo
Date: November 4-8, 2017
Location: Georgia World Congress Center
The 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo is taking place November 4-8, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. The APHA Annual Meeting is the largest public health meeting in the world. During the four-day meeting, more than 4,000 scientific abstracts will be presented, offering opportunities learn about new research and practice, conduct hands-on assessments of the latest tools and services, network with industry experts and colleagues, and professional horizons. Registration and housing opens June 1, 2017. See additional information about registration fees and travel information. Click here for information on continuing education.  

2017 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference
Date: November 28-30, 2017
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
The National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC) is taking place November 28-30, 2017, in San Diego, CA. The conference is intended for health care, public health, emergency medical services, emergency management, health care coalitions, and other professionals to share best practices, training models, plans, tools, and other resources that promote and advance development of health care coalitions and describe effective coalition work in preparedness and response. Registration for the conference is TBD. If you would like to submit your abstract for a chance to present at the 2017 NHCPC, click here. Abstracts are due June 29, 2017.

Columbia Regional Learning Center

The Columbia Regional Learning Center (CRLC) provides free, online certificate training courses, webinars, and lectures designed for individuals working in health systems. All of the CRLC's certificate courses are developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Preparedness and Response Competencies and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities. See the List of Courses.