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Primary Care Providers’ Role in Supporting Children, Families, and Professional Self-Care Following Hurricanes and Other Disasters

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Date:Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Primary care providers are essential for promoting children’s mental health and well-being throughout the recovery process following hurricanes. Disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria can cause short and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Additionally, disasters often impact healthcare providers to at least the same degree they impact others in the community, and being with suffering children and families can be distressing for providers. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn to identify common adjustment difficulties in children, practical strategies to promote effective coping skills in children and their parents, and the importance of professional self-care and strategies to address this need.

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Describe the importance of psychological first aid and basic supportive services in promoting adjustment after a disaster.
  • Outline the common symptoms and trajectories of adjustment reactions in children and adolescents.
  • Identify strategies to support children, adolescents, and families in healing and recovery after a disaster or crisis situation.
  • Discuss the importance of professional self-care clinicians can use to promote wellness for themselves and colleagues.

The findings and conclusions in this presentation are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Robyn A. Cree, Ph.D.
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
Child Development and Disability Branch
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
University of Southern California

Robin H. Gurwitch, Ph.D
Professor, Center for Child and Family Health
Duke University Medical Center

  • Audio conference call on 10/26/17: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • Web-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 10/26/2017
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Continuing Education

  • Activity number: WC2286(SC)
  • Origination-expiration: October 26, 2017 – November 26, 2017
  • Activity number: WD2286(SC)
  • Origination-expiration: November 26, 2017 – November 26, 2019

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.

Accreditation Statements


CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to total 1 Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

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CPE:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
This program is a designated event for pharmacists to receive) 0.1 CEUs in pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number is 0387-0000-17-241-L04-P and enduring 0387-0000-17-241-H04-P course category.
This activity has been designated as Knowledge-Based.

Once credit is claimed, an unofficial statement of credit is immediately available on TCEOnline. Official credit will be uploaded within 60 days on the NABP/CPE Monitor.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credit for this program.

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance please contact NBPHE at

AAVSB/RACE:This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.0 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with continuing education requirements, CDC, our planners, our presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.
The presentation will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.
CDC did not accept commercial support for this activity.


  1. Go to the CDC Training & Continuing Education Online System.
  2. Log in as a participant. If this is your first visit, you will need to register and establish a login name and password.
  3. Click on “Search and Register”
  4. Under “keyword search” find the course you are interested in by entering:
    • “WC2286” for calls hosted in last 30 days
    • “WD2286” for calls hosted past 30 days
  5. Select your course
  6. CE certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of your online evaluation.


  • Download the PowerPoint or webinar.
  • Complete the on-line evaluation within a year (and follow the instructions above.)
  • CE certificates can be printed immediately upon completion of your online evaluation.