Below are the planned pre-conference and sessions for 2017.  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 10 in order to ensure that it will go forward.

Sunday, June 4

Retirement Seminar (8:00 am -4:00 pm)  Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration.

Advance Cardiac Life Support (8:00 am - 5:00 pm and continues on Monday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm) Cost: $75 (includes textbook)  Sign-up during registration.  CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 24


The American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Course is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early ACLS management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics

ACLS students will need to take pre-test and pay for workbook(provider manual) in addition to $75 fee
ACLS includes a Precourse Self-Assessment that is required for entry into the course. A score of 70% or higher is necessary to pass and print your report.

Book (provider manual) ordering options: 

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.

Monday, June 5

Mentoring in the Commissioned Corps: Tools and Strategies for Success (Leadership Training) (7:30 am - 4:00 pm) Cost: $25 (includes lunch) Sign-up during registration.

This year's Leadership Workshop will provide practical mentoring  tools and strategies for leaders in the Commissioned Corps.

At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

- Use practical tools and strategies to be an effective mentor and mentee.
- Describe best practices to ensure an effective mentor-mentee relationship.
- Explain each category’s vision for mentoring and effective mentoring strategies from category CPOs and PAC representatives.
- Recognize the difference between mentoring and coaching.

Tuesday, June 6

COA Branch Leadership (8:00 am - 1:00 pm, includes lunch)  Sign-up during registration.

Deployment Clinical Skills Training (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)  Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration.

The 2017 pre-conference workshop on Deployment, Readiness and Clinical Skills will address requested skill-sets required by healthcare professionals during emergency deployment.  The following clinical and deployment skills training sessions will be offered by officers from various agencies.
1. Basic Triage- Emergency Management ( Nursing and Medical Providers)
2. Basic Nursing Care (Peripheral Intravenous  Insertion (PIV) & Medication Administration)
3. Emergency Wound Care
4. Basic Personal Protective Equipment and updates
5. Pre-deployment preparation, Deployment Resilience ,Readiness-Basics and Go Bag
6. Electronic Medical Record (EMR)/ navigating through the EMR
7. Pharmacy-medication updates and changes
8. Dietitian or  Nutritionist taking care of your patient and yourself (Healthy eating)
9. Behavior Health Specialist- gearing up for deployment  (both physical,  and emotional   stressors, patients,  family, Service member in an austere environment)
10. Deployment roles and responsibilities – focus on the current team deployment roles (e.g. Planning, PIO, Operations, Liaison officer, Logistics, Safety,).
11. After Action Reports – what is the purpose, process and planning for improvement?

Participants will be given the opportunity to rotate to at least 4 of 12 stations. Each station will last 50 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between for restaging. 

At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

- Demonstrate clinical skills utilized during active duty mobilized deployment
- Practice hand-on clinical skills utilized during deployments
- Appraise the importance of theory and clinical skills competency during deployment situations
- Conduct Self-evaluation of knowledge and skills based on presenter’s presentation.
- List the various roles of the Incident Command Structure and describe how these roles effectively interact to manage a deployment setting.
- List key elements of focus in After Action Reports (AAR) and discuss how officers can use an AAR to incorporate improvements for future deployments.
- Name various channels through which commissioned officers can be deployed through the federal public health and medical response.
- Describe the elements of personal and professional preparation for deployment. 
- Identify elements that enforce resilience and accountability while on deployment.

Clear Communications for Public Health Service Officers- A Skills Building Workshop (8:00 pm - 12:00 pm)  Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration.

This workshop will provide practical advice and interactive exercises to help officers develop their skills in communicating scientific and health-related content to diverse audiences.

At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

- List three key principles of effective scientific writing.
- Explain the major science and communications criteria for review and publication of scientific content.
- Demonstrate preferred oral communications practices for formal (e.g., scientific) and informal (e.g., media) presentations
- Identify the single overriding health communications objective (SOHCO) from a variety of different types of written and oral content.

USPHS Patient Movement and JPATS (Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System) Training and Overview (8:00 am -- 12:00 pm) Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration.

Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 is coordinated by the Secretary of HHS principally through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). ESF #8 resources can be activated through the Stafford Act or the Public Health Service Act. ESF #8 is responsible for transporting seriously ill or injured patients, and medical needs populations from casualty collection points in the impacted area to designated reception facilities. ESF #8 coordinates the Federal response in support of emergency triage and prehospital treatment, patient tracking, and distribution. ESF #8 may request DOD, VA, and DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide support for evacuating seriously ill or injured patients. Support may include providing transportation assets, operating and staffing NDMS Federal Coordination Centers, and processing and tracking patient movements from collection points to their final destination reception facilities.
The Joint Patient Assessment and Tracking System (JPATS) is a “Web App” that is part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Disaster Medical Information Suite (DMIS) that is used and designed to track every patient moved by the federal government from start to finish. It can run on any web browser and is simple to use in the field. This presentation will cover Service Access Teams (SATs), their role in support of ESF #8(Emergency Support Function #8) – Public Health and Medical Services, and hands-on training using the JPATS in a simulated disaster response.

At the conclusion of this session the attendee will be able to:

-Describe the vital roles HHS/ASPR/Service Access Teams (SAT Teams), DOD, and VA plays in patient movement/transport in a disaster response
- Explain the JPATS (Joint patient Assessment and Tracking System (JPATS).
- Outline the different components in Patient movement utilizing a table-top exercise type discussion and hands on training on the HHS JPATS web suite

Career Development, Leadership and Promotion Readiness Preparation (8:00 am - 12:00 pm).  Cost: $25  Sign-up during registration

A panel of Commissioned Corps Liaison Officers from the various operating divisions will discuss the career development, promotion, and mentoring of USPHS Officers and the mutual efforts between individual USPHS CC Officer and OPDIV Liaisons.

At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

- Describe how to obtain guidance/proactive tips on steps to improve performance in the current assignment, and/or develop qualifications for future assignments.
- Explore with their agency liaison how to manage the career of USPHS Officers.
- Use core competencies to develop and individual leadership & mentoring development framework.

National CLAS Standards (8:00 am -- 12:00 pm).  Cost:: $25.  Sign-up during registration.

USPHS-RX for Change: Tobacco Cessation Intervention Training Program (8:00 am -- 12:00 pm).  Cost: $25.  Sign-up during registration.  

This session will equip participants with the tools necessary to make effective tobacco cessation interventions and will motivate them to use skills obtained during the session with co-workers, family members, friends and the public that use commercial tobacco products. 

At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

- Describe risks associated with tobacco use and benefits associated with tobacco cessation.
- Identify and utilize the Five A model for tobacco cessation intervention.
- Define the stages of change within the Transtheoretical Model.
- Demonstrate motivational interviewing techniques during live skills evaluation.
- Identify non-pharmacologic and FDA approved therapies for tobacco cessation.
-  Recognize drug interactions with smoking and warnings/precautions with tobacco cessation therapies




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