Pre-Conference

Below are the planned pre-conference and post-conference sessions for 2016.  Many of these courses you must sign up for during conference registration but in some cases they are walk-in.  Please note which is the case for the course (s) you wish to attend.  A minimum of 20 pre-registered attendees are required for paid courses by April 13 in order to ensure that it will go forward.

Click here to watch a great webinar with PHS officers who explain the various pre-conference sessions.

Sunday, May 15

Resilient Leadership for Individuals, Teams, and Communities. (7:30 am - 4:45 pm) Cost: $25 (includes lunch) Sign-up during registration.
The 2016 all-day workshop will focus on critical leadership skills with a strong emphasis on resiliency.  Through keynote addresses, interactive exercises, panel discussions, and small group discussions participants will enhance their development of key leadership skills that are critical for the PHS.
Agenda

Retirement Seminar (8:00 am -4:00 pm)  Cost: $25 Sign-up during registration.
Contemplating retirement from the Corps?  Come learn everything you need to know in this full-day course.

Advance Cardiac Life Support (8:00 pm - 5:00 pm and continues on Monday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm) Cost: $75  Sign-up during registration.
The course will enable participants to understand the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care; understand airway management; and understand related pharmacology.

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS Standards) in Health and Health Care for Emergency Responders (8:00 am -- 5:00 pm, concluding Monday 8:00 am -- 12:00 pm)  Sign-up during registration.
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) works to improve the health of minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate these disparities. One strategy that OMH considers critical in the effort to eliminate health disparities is the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, or CLAS. First published in 2000 and revised in 2013, the National CLAS Standards provide a framework for health and health care organizations to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities.

Objectives:
1.    Provide effective, equitable, understandable and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs
2.    Advance and sustain organizational governance and leadership that promotes CLAS and health equity through policy, practices and allocated resources.
3.    Establish culturally and linguistically appropriate goals, policies and management accountability, and infuse them throughout the organizations’ planning and operations.

RX for Change: Tobacco Cessation Intervention for Clinicians (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)  Sign-up during registration.
This training will focus on providing tobacco cessation intervention at every patient encounter and will cover behavior counseling and pharmacotherapy as it pertains to tobacco cessation and treatment. The training aims to enhance the health care provider’s knowledge concerning the Five A Model used for tobacco cessation interventions, and equip the health care provider to provide comprehensive tobacco cessation counseling services.  At the end of the presentation, the participant will need to successfully complete a written exam, a skills demonstration and sign a tobacco free pledge in order receive a certificate.

Empower Yourself to Optimal Health through Self-Care Modalities to Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit (4:30 pm - 7:30 pm).  No charge.  Walk-in onsite.
Optimize your health by calming your mind, relaxing your body and renewing your spirit. Believe the body is self-healing and self-regulating. A relaxed body and mind gives us a foundation for healing and makes us more resilient. Be empowered through meditation/mindfulness modalities to include a meditative exercise program. Learn manual medicine techniques to rebalance and restore your body to optimal health. Enjoy the discipline of Reiki Self Care to be present in the moment; promoting relaxation and balance.

Monday, May 16

RX for Change: Basic Tobacco Intervention Program (Ask-Advise-Refer) (offered twice: 8:00 am -- 10:00 am and 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)  Sign-up during registration.

Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of disease in the United States. PHS officers have  an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. There are lots of resources out there for people to stop smoking. However, personal interaction will go a long way to encourage and inspire patients to attempt to quit.   Some officers cite time and fear of alienating patients as barriers to delivering interventions. However, brief intervention models provide time-efficient delivery mechanisms for the busy professional. Even minimal counseling—less than 3 minutes—makes a difference. This program is an abbreviated version of the Five A’s tobacco cessation intervention training for busy clinician or individual with no expertise (non-clinician). This training can be applied to any tobacco user within a clinical setting or the community, and is a skill that all public health officers should have. At the end of the presentation, the participant will need to successfully complete a written exam, a skills demonstration and sign a tobacco free pledge in order receive a certificate.

COA Branch Leadership (8:00 am - 1:00 pm, includes lunch)  Sign-up during registration.
The course will provide orientation for COA Branch leadership to learn about best practices for Branch operations with respect to educational programs, community service programs, mentoring programs, officer readiness programs and networking activities.

Clinical Skills Update (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)  Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration.
The goal of the Clinical Skills Update is to increase understanding, skills acquisition and enhanced practice of all licensed clinicians (Federal Civil Service and USPHS Officers) participating in deployment activities. Topics include Immunizations (assessment and administration), Peripheral Venous Catheter (PVC) or Peripheral Venous Access Catheter (PVAC) insertion, Basic Triage – Emergency Management, Protective Personnel Equipment (PPE), Emergency Wound Care Dressing Change/Management, Annual Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and Basic Readiness/Go Bag.  All conference participants are welcome to register.  Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be provided for those attendees accredited under ACCME, ADA CERP, ANCC and ACPE.

JPATS Tour: 9:00 am -- 2:00 pm departing from hotel (lunch included)  Sign-up during registration.
This tour provides an overview of the aeromedical services provided in support of the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service.  Come tour the Oklahoma City flight operation site of the largest transports of prisoners in the world.  JPATS consists of a fleet of aircraft and transports prisoners in federal custody between federal judicial districts to hearings, court appearances, and to detention facilities. 

Getting Your Point Across: Writing and Speaking for Professional Growth (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm)  Cost:$25  Sign-up during registration.
The course will focus on scientific communication skill-building for officers interested in professional advancement through pursuit of advanced degrees and/or professional publications or presentations.

Epidemiology Session (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm).  No charge.  Walk-in onsite.
The Epidemiology Session will include oral presentations on a broad range of topics, including epidemiologic research, outbreak investigations, surveillance evaluations, and studies that underpin initiation of novel public health programs. Study presentations fall under the Symposium theme: “Gimme Five: Building a Better Tomorrow through Prevention Today,” in line with the Surgeon General’s top priorities for better health (tobacco free living, mental and emotional well-being, healthy eating, active lifestyle, and violence prevention).  

Presentations will include:

The use of enhanced food surveillance sampling and whole genome sequencing in foodborne outbreak investigations and for regulatory purposes

Public Health Implications of Chemical Suicide Incidents in the United States

Synthetic Cannabinoid Epidemiology: An Overview

Empower Yourself to Optimal Health through Self-Care Modalities to Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit (8:00 am - 11:00 am).  No charge.  Walk-in onsite.

Optimize your health by calming your mind, relaxing your body and renewing your spirit. Believe the body is self-healing and self-regulating. A relaxed body and mind gives us a foundation for healing and makes us more resilient. Be empowered through meditation/mindfulness modalities to include a meditative exercise program. Learn manual medicine techniques to rebalance and restore your body to optimal health. Enjoy the discipline of Reiki Self Care to be present in the moment; promoting relaxation and balance.

Basic Life Support CPR Renewal Course (offered from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm).  No charge.  Walk-in onsite. 
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. Students must bring current BLS card and book to class.  CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 24 Students. Disclaimer: Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.

Friday, May 20

Basic Life Support CPR Renewal Course (offered from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm) No charge.  Walk-in onsite. 
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. Students must bring current BLS card and book to class.  CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 24 Students. Disclaimer: Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.

Space A Travel Workshop (9:00 am - 11:00 am)  No charge.  Walk-in onsite
A fun and interactive session to educate eligible active duty officers and retirees concerning Space Available Travel CONUS and OCONUS, including having interactive dialogue

 

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