Flu Season

The 2018-2019 flu season has begun!

Check out the Division of Public Health’s Bulletin – Special Flu Edition to learn more about the flu.

Numerous flu clinics are scheduled across Delaware.  To find them:

This Week’s Flu Clinics (Nov 12 – 18, 2018)

New Castle County

  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Hudson State Service Center | 501 Ogletown Road, Newark
  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Porter State Service Center | 509 W. 8th Street, Wilmington
  • Wednesday, Nov 14 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Latin American Community Center | 403 N. Van Buren Street, Wilmington

Kent County

  • Monday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) & Wednesday (9:00 am – 11:00 am) | Milford State Service Center | 253 NE Front Street, Milford (By Appointment Only)
  • Monday to Thursday | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm | Williams State Service Center | 805 River Road, Dover (By Appointment Only)

Sussex County

  • Fridays | 9:00 am – 11:30 am | Shipley State Service Center | 350 Virginia Avenue, Seaford (By Appointment Only)
  • Thursdays | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Adams State Service Center | 544 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown
  • Tuesday, Nov 13 | 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm | Greenwood Fire Department | 12611 Sussex Highway, Greenwood

November Awareness Month

November is …

Lung Cancer Awareness Month https://www.iaslc.org/lcam
The Week Of…

12 – 16: American Education Week – http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm

The Day Of…

Innovative Discoveries Series

Beyond ‘rants,’ ‘raves,’ and ‘reputation:’ Using patient comments to improve care

Improving patient experience is a goal of many health systems, but closed-ended survey questions do not give insight into the cause of patient concerns nor do they offer solutions. Patient comments (in the form of online reviews, responses to open-ended survey questions, or solicited narratives), in contrast, give a roadmap for improvement, but are challenging to use. This talk will examine the benefits and limitations of online patients comments, identify how various types of patients comments are currently being used to improve care and investigate strategies for using patient comments to inform quality improvement activities.

Presented By:

Tara Lagu, MD

Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School/Baystate Medical Center
Associate Director, the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science

Free!  Lunch will be served!

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

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Friday, November 16, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
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:

November 30, 2018: Statin use is associated with lower osteoarthritis occurrence in the Delaware population
December 14, 2018: Primary Care of Infants with In-utero Opioid Exposure

CCHS Global Health Residency Track

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES

Please join us for this month’s global health talk!
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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Main Auditorium (broadcast to Room 2 in the Brandywine Conference Center at Wilmington Hospital).

Reduction in Maternal Mortality Through Advances in Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage remains a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. This talk presents an overview of this major global health issue, and key innovations from around the world. For the past decade, a large global research group has been conducting research and sharing best practices worldwide. Funded by the NIH and foundations, these innovations have helped shape MCH and GH policy.  Our group will have recently presented several papers on this topic at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA).  We invite you to hear these updates, targeted at all levels of learners, professionals, and staff in the Christiana Care community.

Speaker:
Professor Shivaprasad Goudar
JN Medical College, India

Co-Hosts:
Dr. Matthew Hoffman
Dr. Omar Khan

REGISTER ONLINE

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.

All are welcome to attend this talk.  Global Health Curriculum residents are required to attend.  There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks

 

Lt. Governor to Lead Opioid Panel Discussion

The Junior League of Wilmington is hosting a panel discussion to discuss the effects of the Opioid Crisis in our community. “The Opioid Crisis and its Effect on Women and Children in Wilmington” Guest Speaker: Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long Panelists: Dr. Lynn Fahey, CEO, Brandywine Counseling and Community Services Alexandra …

Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long invites you to join the celebration as the state of Delaware kicks off the Lt. Governor’s Challenge — an ongoing opportunity for Delawareans to embrace healthier living, inspire their peers and be recognized for their achievements. More than a recognition program for health and wellness initiatives, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to drive change and to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity among communities in our state!

The Kickoff Celebration is a free public event, open to all individuals and groups in Delaware that are passionate about improving physical and emotional health through individual and communal activities.

When: Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: DE TURF Sports Complex | 4000 Bay Road | Frederica, DE 19946
Find the flyer here!

Kickoff Highlights

  • Remarks by the Lt. Governor!
  • Official reveal of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge vision and platform!
  • Preview of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge nomination and resource website!
  • Networking with state leaders in health and well-being!

Please RSVP by October 23 to info@ltgovernorschallenge.org

Delaware Journal of Public Health Covered in the APHA Nation’s Health Newspaper

We are honored to have been interviewed and included in the July issue of The Nation’s Health, in an article titled:

Affiliate journals advance health research, collaboration: Field practice garnering publication

Executive Director and publisher, Tim Gibbs, and Deputy Editor, Liz Healy, are quoted in the article which you can read here:

http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/48/5/17.1.full?ijkey=4ftC0maqDf1PA&keytype=ref&siteid=nathealth

The Nation’s Health is the monthly newspaper of the American Public Health Association, a source of news from and for the public health field. The newspaper covers issues of interest to public health professionals, including news on federal, state and local public health policy; developments and trends in public health science and practice; global health issues; research findings; and coverage of state and local health departments.

 

Mini Med 2018 On YouTube!

Did you miss 2018’s Mini Medical School? Watch it on YouTube!

The 2018 Mini Medical School program, a collaboration between the Delaware Academy of Medicine and Christiana Care Health System, concluded in April, with six lectures and hundreds of eager-to-learn attendees. For the first time in the annual program’s history, the lectures have been captured on video and are now available for viewing on YouTube.

Watch here!

A Moment With Our New President, Dr. Omar Khan

For someone who has no idea how to answer the question ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’, it is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of 88 years.  That’s the length of time the Delaware Academy of Medicine has been around. I joined not because of this history, but because of what the foundation established by this history meant for the future.  I joined when my friend and colleague Dr. Arun Malhotra collared me in the parking lot of the Academy office (part of the Christiana Hospital campus) and suggested I do so.  Not being a joiner by nature, I still agreed to be part of this group which my smart and dynamic colleague belonged to. I discovered there other smart, dynamic colleagues, keenly interested in quite an unusual question: how to continuously be relevant to the membership, to the community, to Delaware- even if it meant challenging and reinventing one’s mission.

Over the last 10 years I have had the privilege of learning from the finest leaders from medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, social sciences, and indeed all disciplines connected with the health sciences.  Your Delaware Academy of Medicine has grown to encompass the broadest possible mission of serving health by also becoming the Delaware Public Health Association (DPHA).  We have formed partnerships with all those interested in the same as us: serving and improving the health of our community.

I am incredibly grateful to the leadership of Dr. Dan Meara, a scholar, gentleman and friend.  His steady leadership and wisdom over the last few years have been instrumental in maintaining our strength.  Our incredible Board- which is really 2 Boards, that of the Academy of Medicine, and the Advisory Council of the DPHA- deserve our heartfelt thanks for volunteering on behalf of the Delaware community to keep our work on track.

The staff of the Academy are a well-kept secret, which I intend to make less well-kept during my tenure. They are an exceptional team, comprising Tim Gibbs (Executive Director), Kate Smith, Elizabeth Lenz, Elizabeth Healy- all of whom put together our diverse programming from Mini Medical School to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; plan, edit, and published the acclaimed and popular Delaware Journal of Public Health; administer student loans for medical and dental students; host a continual stream of student interns; optimize our partner relationships; keep us on sound financial footing – and oh yes, spend most waking minutes thinking about new and innovative ways to do what we do.  It’s an always-exhilarating (occasionally exhausting J) place to work.

And that is just the local work. Add to that our leadership role in the American Public Health Association, partnership with the National Academy of Medicine and Fogarty International Center of the NIH; and extensive national involvement in various national organizations on the part of our Board and Advisory Council Members. We truly Think Locally and Act Globally.

Some of the best moments in caring for others is getting to know one’s colleagues.  As the practice environment has changed, as have we.  Fewer community physicians come to the hospital, yet the health systems are now more engaged in the health of communities. I see incredible possibilities for collaboration ahead- for delivering increasing value to our patients and communities. And it remains rooted in the power of relationships- the unique Delaware way of accomplishing important tasks through the personal touch.

Over the next couple of years, I hope to get to know as many of you as possible, and I hope you will do likewise.  Our team is embedded in the fabric of all you do and those you serve.  My bio is here, and closeby you will find profiles of all our Board Members.

This space is intended as a place for dialogue – for con khan-versation.  Having suffered through countless ‘Wrath of Khan’ jokes since 1982, I figured it’s my turn.   So, talk to us. Tell us what you like, what you’d like us to be, where you’d like us to go. What would you like us to do the next 88 years?  Keep it interesting, fun, constructive.  That’s the plan.  Let’s drive!