March 2017 Military Health System Speaker Series Continuing Education Opportunity

The 2017 Military Health System (MHS) Speaker Series, “Promising Practices in Surveillance and Global Health Medicine,” event is 8:15 a.m.-1:40 p.m. (ET), March 29, 2017, sponsored by the Defense Health Agency and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The 2017 MHS Speaker Series is intended to drive performance higher by sharing knowledge and best practices across the enterprise. Attendees will be able to apply the information learned during the speaker series to the work they do that relates to the military health care environment.

MHS series sessions are web-based, live courses offering continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) credit. Their purpose is to (1) educate MHS personnel on how their (individual) contributions help to successfully improve readiness, health care, and management of costs; and (2) provide specific training and leverage peer networking with military, civilian and private sector experts so attendees can return to their workplace and apply the lessons learned.

Event and Registration Information

The live event registration will open on March 15, 2017, and continue through 6 p.m. (ET) on March 29, 2017. Earn up to 3.0 hours of CE/CME credits when you participate and complete all courses within the series. Register and participate at


“The World Health Organization and the Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGap): Moving Forward on a Global Agenda” (Jacqueline Garrick, M.S.W., Silver Spring, Maryland)

  • Identify key intervention elements for the World Health Organization Mental Health Gap Action Program
  • Recognize the skills needed to address mental health in rural and remote areas with specific at risk populations
  • Implement resources from the World Health Organization for World Health Day focused on depression

“Kinks in the Cold Chain: Practical Strategies to Prevent Vaccine Storage and Handling Loss” (Celia Dowers, B.S., PMP, Health System Specialist, Immunization Healthcare Branch Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia)

  • Describe historical events and vaccine loss trends within the Defense Department
  • Explain Defense Department vaccine storage and handling guidelines to improve vaccine storage and handling practices
  • Identify useful resources and tools to assist immunization clinics and other health care facilities to properly store and handle vaccines

“Regional Support to the Military Health System during a Vaccine Shortage”
(Maj. Erik F. DeFreitas, Pharm.D., M.A., M.P.H., BCOP, Chief, Immunization Healthcare Operations, Immunization Healthcare Branch, Public Health Division, Defense Health Agency Falls Church, Virginia)

  • Describe the trend in U.S. drug/vaccine shortages
  • Differentiate reasons for drug/vaccine shortages
  • Analyze U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in drug/vaccine shortages
  • Identify how the Immunization Healthcare Branch assists the MHS with vaccine shortages

“Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: An Example of Defense Department Global Health Engagement” (Richard Shaffer, Ph.D., Director, DoD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, Lead DoD Deputy Director, President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, Defense Health Agency, San Diego, California)

  • Define the role of Global Health Engagement in U.S. Defense Department Stability Operations
  • Identify the goals and broad successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Department Defense role in the initiative
  • Describe the attributes of HIV infection in military populations in regions of the world

Enroll and begin earning CEs/CMEs today!

The MHS Speaker Series is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, medical coders, health care executives, social workers, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, case managers, psychologists, speech language professionals, counselors, dentists, dental technicians, kinesiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals who support/care for U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families. Continuing education credits offered vary with each event.

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