The following pre-conference workshops will be offered on Tuesday, June 10. Unless otherwise noted there is no registration fee.  A minimum number of pre-registrants may be required for a course to go forward.   You may sign up for these courses during registration.

Basic Life Support (BLS)
Two courses will be offered, 8:00 am -- 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

This course is designed for healthcare providers to learn how to save a life. The course provides information for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluation during cardio-pulmonary emergencies. In this course, you’ll learn how to: recognize the signals of heart attack and take appropriate actions, perform one and two rescuer CPR, gain early access to Emergency Medical Services (EMS), recognize and respond to sudden unexpected death, assist a choking adult, child or infant victim and perform adult, child and infant CPR.

Branch Leadership 
8:00 am -- 3:00 pm (lunch provided)

Reserved for representatives of local COA branches to gather and discuss best practices for COA membership retention and recruitment, volunteer activities, professional development, etc.

Environmental Health Officers Session: 
8:00 am -- 4:30 pm (lunch on own)

Participants will identify and apply best practices to address food safety issues faced in the event of a disaster.   Food safety issues and concerns that will be covered include situational assessments, inspectional concerns, salvage and other mitigation strategies related to food retail and processing facilities. This face-to-face course includes interactive lectures, small group discussions, and practical exercises to reinforce the course objectives and content.

Leadership Session
8:00 am -- 4:00 pm (lunch provided)

This session promotes a culture of leadership within the USPHS and other organizations. Speakers will include senior leaders from within the USPHS and faculty from the University of North Carolina Public Health Leadership Program. This year’s agenda includes keynote addresses, inter-active exercises, a panel of senior leaders, small group discussions, and break-out sessions that focus on the different leadership growth needs of junior and senior officers.  Participants will be asked to interview senior leaders within their organizations in preparation for discussions.

Nurse Skills Training
8:00 am -- 12:00 pm

This session is designed to address skillsets required by nurses, as well as other healthcare professionals, during an emergency deployment situation. There will be five basic training skills offered by nursing experts from various federal agencies: 1) electronic health record (EHR), 2) federal medical station cache content/set up, 3) basic triage – emergency management, 4) basic nurse care (IV insertion & medication administration), and 5) mental health care. Each participant will receive didactic as well as hands-on practicum training of each skill. In addition to the skills training, this year we will also make available two Direct Access stations providing actual hands-on experience with trouble shooting/entry/updating information for readiness purposes.

Living Life on Purpose: Investing in Your Own Health
8:00 am -- 4:00 pm (lunch on own)

What would you do if you had more energy?  Where would you invest that energy?  How do you get more energy?  This "Health Athlete" workshop, designed for busy health professionals who want to re-focus and re-energize their personal and professional lives, answers these questions and more. Take this opportunity to take stock, learn strategies to achieve a healthier lifestyle and live your life on purpose. Drawing upon the latest cognitive-behavioral strategies, this full-day interactive workshop provides evidence-based information and guides participants through a powerful set of exercises to renew one's commitment to their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Comments from past participants:
“I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate and engage in this workshop. The things I learned I will use in my professional and personal life. I highly recommend this program to others. Thank you!”

“What a wonderful opportunity for me to sort out my thinking, goals, and feelings. You created a wonderful balance of theory, reflective time and movement.”

A comprehensive workbook (there is a $75 registration fee to cover the cost of the book which is required for workshop attendance) will be provided along with 13 weeks of email newsletter follow up.  



Related Events

Surgeon General's 5K Run/Walk and APFT: Wednesday, June 11

Retirement Seminar: Friday, June 13

Call for Abstracts

The call for oral abstracts is closed.  Decisions will be announced at the end of February. 

The call for posters will be announced shortly.

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