Clinician network created for bioterrorism info

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established partnerships with national clinician organizations for the purpose of timely communication of information on disease outbreaks and terrorism events.

This outreach effort to clinicians, Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA), is designed to:

  • Assist clinicians in offering optimal care to patients by providing them with the most current and reliable information available on emerging diseases and terrorist threats.
  • Provide information on infection control and protective measures for preventing spread of disease.
  • Provide a system through which clinicians can communicate their educational needs to the CDC and receive answers to questions related to emerging diseases and terrorism from subject matter experts.

The CDC communicates with these partners via monthly conference calls and weekly e-mail updates. Partner organizations, in turn, serve as networks for dissemination of CDC communications to their memberships.

Conference calls serve as a venue for clinician partners to question CDC experts and to provide input to the CDC about their needs and concerns.

In the event of an urgent or emergency situation, these communications with partners are more frequent.

For more information on COCA, go to www.bt.cdc.gov/coca/index.asp.