CCHS Grand Rounds

Leslie and Edward Goldenberg, MD
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Lectureship

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 8:00 – 9:00 am

Speaker:
Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)

Addiction Resources in Delaware

Over 20 million Americans had a substance abuse disorder in 2015.  It is the leading cause of accidental death in the United states, and over 20,000 of those overdose deaths are related to prescription pain relievers (American Society of Addiction Medicine).

Addiction is everywhere, even in Delaware.

SO IS HELP. 

Visit HelpIsHereDE.com

New Castle County: 800-652-2929

Kent & Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation

While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.  For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding.

January 16, 2018 
1:00 pm ET
Learn More Here.

Presented By:

Dan Sosin, MD, MPH
Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC
“Preparing for the Unthinkable”

CAPT Michael Noska, MS
Radiation Safety Officer and Senior Advisor for Health Physics
Chair, Advisory Team for Environment, Food and Health (A Team)
Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
“Using Data and Decision Aids to Drive Response Efforts”

Robert Whitcomb, PhD
Chief, Radiation Studies Branch
Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects
National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
“Public Health Resources to Meet Critical Components of Preparedness”

Betsy Kagey, PhD
Academic and Special Projects Liaison
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Division of Health Protection, Georgia Department of Health
“Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

2016 Year In Review

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Year In Review via the following link.   Its intent is to update you on activities during the prior year, and to engage you in upcoming projects and activities.  We focus on key areas: our programs, our collaborations, our interns, and our publication – the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
As always, we deeply appreciate your engagement in, and support of, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association.
Please reach out to us with any feedback and suggestions you may have.

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

January Awareness

January is…

Cervical Health Awareness Month – http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/
National Birth Defects Prevention Month – http://www.nbdpn.org/national_birth_defects_prevent.php
National Glaucoma Awareness Month – http://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php
National Stalking Awareness Month – http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org/about
Thyroid Awareness Month – http://www.thyroid.org/january-thyroid-awareness/
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month – https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/health-awareness/national-winter-sports-tbi-awareness-month-join-the-campaign.html

The Week of…

January 7-13: National Folic Acid Awareness Week – http://www.nbdpn.org/faaw.php
January 22-28: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week – https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week

The Day of…

Jan 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday
Jan 18: Women’s Healthy Weight Day – https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/womens-healthy-weight-day/
Jan 30: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Awareness Day – http://stopcte.org/events/

Innovative Discoveries Series

Health Plan Research Networks: How Health Plan Data Can Close Gaps in Data for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Presented By:

Kevin Haynes, PharmD, MSCE
Director of Clinical Epidemiology, HealthCore, Inc

Free!  Lunch will be served!

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

 

Friday, January 19, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Ammon Center, Back Auditorium
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

January 26, 2018: Implementation Science and Surgery
February 9, 2018: Disparities in the African American Community and Renal Transplant Surgery

Global Health Grand Rounds @Christiana Care

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES

The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine & Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Clinica de Migrantes

 

We will be having a viewing of the documentary Clinica de Migrantes on Wednesday 1/17/2018 at 5:30 pm.  This documentary follows the story of patients and providers at a clinic in Philadelphia serving undocumented, underserved immigrants.  The documentary is 40 minutes and we will have discussion to follow.

Read more about the documentary here.

REGISTER ONLINE

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14

The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks

 

Patient-Centered Engagement Project around Chronic Kidney Disease

Delaware-CKD.org

The Academy/DPHA is partnering with the Christiana Care Value Institute to engage patients (and their support networks) who have Chronic Kidney Disease, End-stage Renal Failure, Nephrotic Syndrome, and who have had kidney transplants. More than 20 million people over the age of 20 in the U.S. have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because CKD patients have multiple comorbid conditions, they see numerous healthcare providers. Poor communication between physicians as well as different electronic health records systems can create fragmented patient care, resulting in suboptimal clinical outcomes. Development of a CKD registry in Delaware will join electronic health records of multiple sources to improve coordination of care. A team of patients, clinicians, and researchers are collaborating to gather information and facilitate Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) based on the CKD registry.