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Get Smart: Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Through Community Action

October 21, 2008. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, a panel of speakers from the CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program discuss how public health practitioners can take action against antibiotic resistance at the community level.

Quick Facts

Topics: Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem that can result in treatment failure, higher morbidity and mortality, and increased health care costs. The CDC has a campaign called "Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work" to address the factors that contribute to inappropriate antimicrobial use. The goals of the program are to promote appropriate prescribing among providers, decrease public demand for antibiotics, and promote adherence. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Lauri Hicks, DO, Darcia Johnson, Alison Patti, MPH, CHES, and Karen Werner, PhD, CHES, from the Get Smart program discuss how public health practitioners can take action at the community level.

Air date: October 21, 2008

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the factors that influence antimicrobial resistance.
  • Explain why it is important to educate both providers and patients about appropriate antimicrobial use.
  • Discuss the steps that can be taken in the community to prevent inappropriate antibiotic use.

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Clinicians, particularly primary or infectious diseases providers

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Lauri Hicks, DO, is a medical epidemiologist in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC.  Dr. Hicks completed her internal medicine residency and chief medicine residency at the University of Connecticut. This was followed by a 2-year position as an EIS officer in the Respiratory Diseases Branch and, more recently, a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Brown University. Dr. Hicks returned to CDC to lead Legionella surveillance activities, coordinate respiratory outbreak response for Legionella and other respiratory pathogens, and serve as the Medical Director for CDC’s Get Smart program.

Darcia D. Johnson has been a program officer with the Get Smart campaign since 2004. In this capacity she serves as a liaison between public and private sector partners and CDC/Get Smart. She organizes mechanisms for distributing the campaign’s message to diverse audiences and works with varied media outlets to promote campaign activities such as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.

Alison Patti, MPH, CHES, is a Health Communication Specialist with the Division of Bacterial Diseases and Program Manager for the Get Smart campaign. She coordinates the design and implementation of campaign activities and helps establish partnerships with external and internal stakeholders. Since 2001, she has provided support and consultation to CDC staff and state program staff in the planning, implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions.

Karen Werner, PhD, CHES, is the program evaluation officer of the Get Smart campaign. She provides evaluation support for the CDC funded health department programs and conducts evaluations of campaign activities. Prior to her position at CDC, Karen was awarded a fellowship from the Department of Human Studies, where she taught undergraduate health education classes and assisted faculty on a variety of health promotion interventions.

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