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Release Date: June 21, 2019

Expiry Date: Jun 20, 2021

AOHP PNW 2019 Symposium- Caring for Healthcare Workers


Member: $80

Non-Member: $140


The AOHP Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNW) hosted a day-long educational symposium on June 21, 2019, on the campus of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. The theme for the event – Caring for Healthcare Workers – featured a variety of topics important to today’s occupational health professionals. Members of AOHP are encouraged to access the archived webinars of the following presentations and panel discussions from the symposium:


  • Tuberculosis Screening in Healthcare Workers - Heidi Behm, RN, MPH
  • Putting Total Worker Health® into Practice - Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Management - Carolyn Chu, MD, MSc, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Panelists: Minot Cleveland, MD; Tim Crump, MSN, FNP; and Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH                            

  • Drug Diversion in the Workplace - John Furman, PhD, MSN, CIC, COHN-S
  • Preparing Workers for International Travel - Paul Bollinger, MPH; and Andrea Dayot, RN, BSN, CTH




Tuberculosis Screening in Healthcare Workers

Heidi Behm, RN, MPH


Differences exist between tuberculosis (TB) skin tests and interferon gamma release assays (TSPOT and Quantiferon Plus), all of which can be used for the diagnosis of latent TB infection (LTBI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines explain how to determine which test to use, along with how to implement the guidelines within a healthcare worker TB screening program. The presentation reviews interpretation of a positive test result and recommended actions to take, including the preferred treatment regimens for LTBI and resources for coordinating treatment with primary care providers. A preview of upcoming changes to CDC’s Guidelines on healthcare worker testing and LTBI treatment is included, along with  implications for the healthcare setting.



Putting Total Worker Health® into Practice

Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH


Total Worker Health (TWH) is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TWH is a holistic approach to worker well-being. It acknowledges risk factors related to work that contribute to health problems previously considered unrelated to work. The TWH approach seeks to improve well-being in the American workforce for the benefit of workers, employers, and the nation by protecting safety and enhancing health and productivity. Sharing the basic concepts related to TWH and reviewing case studies showing how organizations are implementing TWH empower attendees with resources to help their organizations move forward.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Management

Carolyn Chu, MD, MSc, FAAFP, AAHIVS  

Panelists: Minot Cleveland, MD; Tim Crump, MSN, FNP; and Dr. Matthew Keifer, MD, MPH    


Exposures to human blood and other potentially infectious fluids can transmit infections including HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Initiation of prompt post-exposure prophylaxis medications significantly reduces risk of acquiring HIV and hepatitis B. Currently, no medications are approved for hepatitis C post-exposure prophylaxis, but updated CDC guidance does recommend early monitoring for healthcare professionals who may have been exposed to hepatitis C. Although the risk of occupational HCV transmission is very low, highly effective and well-tolerated medications are currently available for the treatment of employees who acquire hepatitis C as a result of occupational exposures. Additionally, HIV and hepatitis C-associated stigma persist in the United States.  Occupational health providers should be aware of how to respond to heightened concerns regarding these infections in a culturally sensitive and inclusive manner.




Drug Diversion in the Workplace

John Furman, PhD, MSN, CIC, COHN-S


Research indicates that healthcare workers have the same or a slightly higher rate of substance use disorder as the general population (10%-15%), with a slightly higher rate of prescription drug misuse. Substance misuse is one of the most common complaints received by state boards of nursing. The American Nursing Association estimates that 6%-8% of nurses have misused drugs to the extent that is sufficient to impair professional performance. Workplace drug diversion is the most common scenario for identification of healthcare workers with substance use disorder and referral for treatment and regulatory monitoring. Substance use disorder is a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease that can be successfully treated, and most states provide for confidential referral to an approved substance use disorder monitoring program in lieu of discipline. This encourages reporting, early entry into treatment, and enhanced public safety.


Preparing Workers for International Travel

Paul Bollinger, MPH and Andrea Dayot, RN, BSN, CTH


International travelers – and their employers – need to understand their roles and responsibilities with regard to personal safety and security practices, as well as travel health and wellness concepts. Employers are responsible to leverage available resources in developing institutional policies and procedures to prepare their staff members who travel internationally. Knowing the potential health risks to travelers, and understanding the importance of pre-travel care in mitigating these risks, helps employers to prepare their employees physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Requirements for Completion

Successful completion of this activity includes submitting an accurate registration, making necessary payment, and reviewing all activity slides and the webinar presentation. Completion of the evaluation form is required.


Type of Activity



Statement of Credit upon Completion

This archived webinar included 5 educational sessions.

  • Tuberculosis Screening in Healthcare Workers
  • Putting Total Worker Health into Practice
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Management
  • Drug Diversion in the Workplace
  • Preparing Workers for International Travel


Attendees may elect to participate in any of the educational session. In order to receive contact hour for any one or more of the sessions, you must:

  • Attend the session in its entirety; and
  • In order to receive CNE for this event, attendance and completion of the evaluation is required. The attendee should claim only those hours of educational sessions actually attended. Partial credit will not be granted for any session.
  • Attendees participating in this webinar will be awarded max of 5 contact hours.


Upon successful completion of the evaluation, a link to the statement of completion will be provided at the end of the evaluation. This activity will expire on Jun 20, 2021. After this date, contact hours will not be earned.


Disclosures:  AOHP does not guarantee, warrant, certify, verify and/or authorize the content of this seminar, and/or any subsequent use of the information presented at this webinar. This webinar is not a clinical/medical service but is intended for educational purposes only. Planners of this educational activity have no real or apparent financial, professional or personal conflict of interest to disclose. Faculty/presenter disclosure is stated following each presenter’s bio-sketch. AOHP has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest before the delivery of this educational activity.


Commercial or Sponsor support: N/A

CE Contact Hours: This activity awards max five (5) contact hours


Accreditation Statement

The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.


ANCC Provider Number P0341


Joint Providership

This event is presented in Joint Providership with the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Health Care (AOHP) and the AOHP PNW Chapter.  National AOHP is responsible for awarding ANCC contact hours.


Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial, professional or personal relationship.


The planners and presenter(s)/author(s) of these CNE activities have disclosed no relevant financial, professional or personal relationships with any commercial companies about this activity.


Non-Endorsement of Products

The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare's accredited provider status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement of any product, service or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

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