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Public Health Learning (July 2017)

Related Categories: Workforce Development

Topic: TRAIN

Author: Samantha Draper

Date: 7/26/2017

Public Health Learning 
July 2017
Preparing the workforce to improve the  health of our communities

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States, which is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. In this issue, you will find training, resources, and learning opportunities for you and your colleagues to help manage this crisis in your community.


Chronic Pain Training Plan Now Available on TRAIN

Opioid abuse has increasingly become a serious public health issue over the past few years, with over 12 million people misusing prescription opioids in 2015. Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O) clinical experts, led by Roger Chou and Melissa B. Weimer, who have extensive knowledge in treating chronic pain, have developed a comprehensive core curriculum for primary care providers who want to have in-depth knowledge in this subject area. The curriculum gives up-to-date and evidence-based information on best opioid prescribing practices.

The PCSS-O curriculum, which provides clinicians with a solid base for treating chronic pain, is now on TRAIN as a nationally available training plan. It is the most comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum developed thus far for the treatment of chronic pain. 


Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 5H79TI025595-03 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Opioid Resources

  1. The Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Playbook for Opioid Prescribing from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is beneficial for all prescribers, especially those who prescribe extended-release/long-acting opioid analgesics. This activity is free and walks users through six educational modules that include video clips and gamification style self-assessments, and offers up to three AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

  2. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers strategies for health care providers, communities, and local governments to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

  3. The Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction Research Report Series from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) simplifies the research findings on effective prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction to improve individual and public health.

  4. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a recognized leader in the planning and presentation of educational events in the addiction field. Find live webinars, web-based trainings, and educational resources on opioid addiction.
Training Spotlight:

Save time looking for opioid-related training content by using the TRAIN Learning Network hot topic search. The list of courses is constantly growing. 



Opioid Events / Webinars

July 27, 2017. 1pm-2pm CDT.
Sponsor: The Network for Public Health Law.

August 2, 2017. 1pm-2pm EDT.
Sponsor: National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center for Excellence.

Additional Events / Webinars

Sponsor: Health Resources & Services Administration

How Local Public Health is Tackling the Opioid Crisis (Archived Webinar)
More than 300 colleagues joined the Public Health Foundation (PHF) for the How Local Public Health is Tackling the Opioid Crisis webinar in August 2016, co-hosted by PHF and the Bio-Defense Network. Watch the webinar archive to explore practical, opioid-related resources from PHF and listen to staff from two local health departments who discuss their pharmaceutical stewardship programs and substance use outreach services.

Tips for Using the New TRAIN Platform

  • Course Catalog: Within the course catalog section of TRAIN, you can quickly search for content. Use the keyword box combined with filters found on the left side of the page to narrow down your search based on the format, subject, competency, credit availability or any other criteria. Search results can be sorted in the top right corner of the page.

  • Saved Searches: Saving your search will make it easy to find content that is important to you. When logged into your TRAIN account, after you search, use the bookmark icon to the right of the keyword box to save your search. To access your saved search, use the list button to the right of the bookmark button. You can choose to receive email updates when any course has been added with the criteria matching your saved search. 

  • Tutorials: For more information on searching TRAIN and using the new system visit our tutorials page.


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