Virtual Rural Health Symposium

HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations Region VI will host an hour-long webinar, open to the public, to identify current health trends in rural communities and discuss new approaches to improving health outcomes. 

Please click on this link, Virtual Rural Health Symposium, to enter the webinar on Thursday, March 30 from 11:30 am – 12:35 pm ET. 

For more information and to receive instructions for dialing in, contact Joseph Walker at

2017 Military Health System (MHS) Speaker Series: “Promising Practices in Surveillance and Global Health Medicine,”


The 2017 Military Health System (MHS) Speaker Series, “Promising Practices in Surveillance and Global Health Medicine,” event is 8:15 a.m.-1:40 p.m. (ET), March 29, 2017, sponsored by the Defense Health Agency and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The 2017 MHS Speaker Series is intended to drive performance higher by sharing knowledge and best practices across the enterprise. Attendees will be able to apply the information learned during the speaker series to the work they do that relates to the military health care environment.

MHS series sessions are web-based, live courses offering continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) credit. Their purpose is to (1) educate MHS personnel on how their (individual) contributions help to successfully improve readiness, health care, and management of costs; and (2) provide specific training and leverage peer networking with military, civilian and private sector experts so attendees can return to their workplace and apply the lessons learned.

Event and Registration Information

The live event registration will open on March 15, 2017, and continue through 6 p.m. (ET) on March 29, 2017. Earn up to 3.0 hours of CE/CME credits when you participate and complete all courses within the series. Register and participate at


“The World Health Organization and the Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGap): Moving Forward on a Global Agenda” (Jacqueline Garrick, M.S.W., Silver Spring, Maryland)

  • Identify key intervention elements for the World Health Organization Mental Health Gap Action Program
  • Recognize the skills needed to address mental health in rural and remote areas with specific at risk populations
  • Implement resources from the World Health Organization for World Health Day focused on depression

“Kinks in the Cold Chain: Practical Strategies to Prevent Vaccine Storage and Handling Loss” (Celia Dowers, B.S., PMP, Health System Specialist, Immunization Healthcare Branch Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia)

  • Describe historical events and vaccine loss trends within the Defense Department
  • Explain Defense Department vaccine storage and handling guidelines to improve vaccine storage and handling practices
  • Identify useful resources and tools to assist immunization clinics and other health care facilities to properly store and handle vaccines

“Regional Support to the Military Health System during a Vaccine Shortage”
(Maj. Erik F. DeFreitas, Pharm.D., M.A., M.P.H., BCOP, Chief, Immunization Healthcare Operations, Immunization Healthcare Branch, Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency Falls Church, Virginia)

  • Describe the trend in U.S. drug/vaccine shortages
  • Differentiate reasons for drug/vaccine shortages
  • Analyze U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in drug/vaccine shortages
  • Identify how the Immunization Healthcare Branch assists the MHS with vaccine shortages

“Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: An Example of Defense Department Global Health Engagement” (Richard Shaffer, Ph.D., Director, DoD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, Lead DoD Deputy Director, President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, Defense Health Agency, San Diego, California)

  • Define the role of Global Health Engagement in U.S. Defense Department Stability Operations
  • Identify the goals and broad successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Department Defense role in the initiative
  • Describe the attributes of HIV infection in military populations in regions of the world

Enroll and begin earning CEs/CMEs today!

The MHS Speaker Series is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, medical coders, health care executives, social workers, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, case managers, psychologists, speech language professionals, counselors, dentists, dental technicians, kinesiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals who support/care for U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families. Continuing education credits offered vary with each event.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email:



HRSA-CDC WEBINAR SERIES: Theory and Application of Evidence-based Population Health Interventions

Webinar Access:
(registration not required)

Dial-In: 888-810-9156
Passcode: 1379144


The session will provide an overview of the CDC’s 6/18 Initiative, a collaboration that accelerates evidence into action by targeting six common and costly health conditions.

Tobacco use,  high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes.

Also, a preventive medicine resident will give an example from the field on school asthma care coordination.


Antonio Neri, MD, MPH
Director, CDC Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship Program


Christa Singleton, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor
Office of the Associate Director of Policy


Almea Matanock, MD, MSCR (c)
CDC Preventive Medicine Resident
New Mexico Department of Health and the University of New Mexico


By the end of this session learners will be able to:

Identify resources for evidence-based public health interventions


Understand the term “population health” and what the approach means to the future of health care in the United States.


Identify facilitators and barriers to implementation of select interventions.


For more information, contact Irene Sandvold at or 301-443-2295 and Antonio Neri at


Frailty in Older Adults

Geriatric Scholars Community – Discussion Forum


This Discussion Forum may be accessed through the Chronic Disease course online at or directly at:

Dr. Ko will facilitate a participant-driven discussion based on the article “Frailty in older adults: Insights and interventions” written by Drs. Sara Espinoza and Jeremy Walston.

Please read the article – click here – prior to the Discussion Forum. You will be able to ask questions and share your thoughts with Dr. Ko and other colleagues participating in the Discussion Forum.

Live facilitation will take place between 12:00pm to 1:00pm CST.  The Discussion Forum will remain open for all participants afterwards.

Dr. Fred Ko is a geriatrician scientist. He is an Assistant Professor in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Staff Physician at the GRECC, James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Dr. Ko received his medical degree at the George Washington University, where he also completed residency training in Internal Medicine. He completed fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Ko also received master of science degrees in physiology from UCLA and in clinical research from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine.

For any questions regarding this forum, you may contact Eugenia Dorisca at

Geriatric Scholars Community Team



DSHS Grand Rounds Spring Semester 2017


Please join this FREE lecture series!


Please visit the DSHS Grand Rounds webpage for more information:


Grand Rounds Home will direct you to a map of the location, times, dates, and topics.


Grand Rounds Registration Options explains viewing options, registration options, and required steps to receive a certificate for attending.


Presentations has lecture descriptions, dates, and CE credits/contact hours information for each lecture.


2017 Spring Semester dates and topics:

April 5 Maternal and Child Health Surveillance in Texas: Recent Trends
April 12 The Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic: How It Happened and Solutions
April 19 Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Community 101
April 26 Food Access and Insecurity
May 3 Type 2 Diabetes Research


If you have questions, email