Week Ahead is using the summer slowdown in Washington, D.C., and the end of earnings season to bring you some public service announcements.
Aug. 13: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting a webinar titled, “Implementing Genomics in a Direct-to-Consumer World: Opportunities for Education and Communication.” The agency hopes to help viewers learn how to better design and disseminate evidence-based information for providers to help consumers. “Despite enthusiasm to use genetic and genomic testing among a growing number of clinicians and patients, there are significant gaps in the knowledge and skills necessary to assess risk and communicate about the utility, risks and limitations of genetic and genomic testing. Compounding this problem is lack of evidence about the effectiveness of existing genetic education materials,” the CDC noted in the webinar's marketing material. You can check it out at cdc.gov/genomics/events.
Aug. 13: Ever wonder what role Medicaid and CHIP play in responding to public health crises and disasters? Now is your chance to find out. The Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Learning Collaborative and the National Association of Medicaid Directors are teaming up for a webinar that will offer insights into “disaster-related legal authorities; describe examples of strategies that states and territories may leverage to respond to specific disaster-related problems; and walk-through a series of NAMD-developed operational checklists that support states and territories pre, during and post disasters.” The webinar will also offer lessons learned from hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Go here for details: goo.gl/Br8pLP
Aug. 14: Here's one that may encourage more of us to bike commute: the Transportation Research Board, part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, is hosting a webinar on emergency preparedness against infectious diseases on public transit. “This webinar will examine legal issues that transit agencies may face when an infectious disease epidemic arises,” the board noted. Register here: webinar.mytrb.org/Webinars