Hi, all, thanks, Melanie, for the posting.  But just to clarify: there is no National Emphasis Program in health care.  There was an NEP for nursing homes that ended two years ago.  There is general inspection guidance for in-patient healthcare settings in a compliance memo that I’ll be talking about (the outline and core of the talk) but it’s NOT an NEP


Michael Hodgson


From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces@mylist.net] On Behalf Of Swift, Melanie
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 11:38 AM
Subject: [MCOH-EH] Medical Center Occ Health PreConference Course Offered at AOHC


If you plan to attend the American Occupational Health Conference in Denver this month, consider signing up for the MCOH pre-conference course. This day-long course will cover the latest updates regarding BBP exposure testing and management, TB testing, respiratory disease exposure and immunization, violence, wellness, chemical and physical hazards, and OSHA’s emphasis program for health care facilities.


Registration available until April 14th, details below.




Melanie Swift, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Director, Vanderbilt Occupational Health Clinic

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


From: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine [mailto:educationinfo@acoem.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:13 AM
To: Swift, Melanie
Subject: AOHC Update -- Consider Adding Pre- or Post Conference Courses to Your AOHC Registration


AOHC Update -- Consider Adding Pre- or Post Conference Courses to Your AOHC Registration




Consider Adding Pre- or Post Conference Courses to Your AOHC Registration



Date: April 23 - 26, 2017

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado



Pre- and Post Conference Courses at AOHC

It's not too late to add pre- and post conference courses to your AOHC registration. The last day to register is April 14. Pre-conference courses will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 & 22, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition to the regular offerings, pre-conference courses will include 2 new sessions: 

  • Medical Center Occupational Health Basics
  • Business Leadership for Physicians: Necessary Knowledge Not Taught in Medical School 

Post-conference courses will be held Thursday, April 27, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Click here for a complete list of pre-and post conference courses. To add to your AOHC registration, click here or email ACOEM's registration coordinator Jane Hagen, or phone her at 847.818.1800 x374.



Visit the ACOEM Member Hub -- You Could Win Free

Registration to AOHC 2018 -- NOLA!

Be sure to stop by the ACOEM Member Hub during AOHC. Get your membership questions answered, learn how to be an ACOEM Fellow, and purchase an item from our bookstore. Not yet a member of the College? Ask us about our fantastic conference-only membership deals! Everyone gets a Scratch and Win card! If your card is not a winner, enter the Second Chance Drawing -- all at the ACOEM Member Hub.



Register to Attend Your ACOEM Special Interest Section Meeting

ACOEM's in-person Special Interest Section meetings are held annually in conjunction with the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) and are excellent opportunities to network with your colleagues. 

The deadline to register for Special Interest Section Meetings during AOHC is Thursday, April 6. You MUST register in order to attend! 

Not a member of a Special Interest Section? There are 19 to choose from! Join a section today. For questions regarding section membership, please contact Dana Kelly in Member Services: dkelly@acoem.org. For the latest schedule of Ancillary Events, please click here.



Watch the video: the place to go for answers to all of your tech questions!

Tech Bar is Back for #AOHC2017

Stop by the Tech Bar -- our tech experts can answer your questions about how to use and effectively integrate technology into your professional world. Bring your devices and learn how you can:

  • Be more productive on your smart devices
  • Create and share thought leadership content
  • Increase engagement with other professionals

New this year -- the Tech Bar will feature a complimentary LinkedIn Corner and Headshot Lounge -- stop by to have your professional profile reviewed and a professional headshot taken. Your photo will be emailed to you soon after and will be the perfect update to your refreshed LinkedIn page.

The Tech Bar will be open Sunday, April 23, from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Monday and Tuesday, April 24 & 25, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; and Wednesday, April 26, from 7:00 am to noon. The Headshot Lounge will be open all day Monday and Tuesday, and is located adjacent to the Exhibit Hall.



The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Alert! Some nights at the host hotel are already sold out. Please book your room now. As nights sell out at the Sheraton, we are adding overflow options. Please check the website for overflow hotel options.



Last week, ACOEM announced that The Sappington Lecture will be given by former ACOEM President Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, at this year's AOHC on Sunday, April 23, during the opening General Session taking place from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Dr. Loeppke will speak on "Leveraging the Power of Prevention in the Global Quest for Better Health & Safety." We caught up with him recently to learn more about this topic.

Q: Prevention is certainly important in medicine, but why do you feel it is particularly important for those who practice Occupational and Environmental Medicine? 

A: Yes, prevention is important, and should be advanced by all clinicians. But in our specialty, we are in the unique position to not only provide health care and preventive medicine for individual patients, but also help manage the health of populations by providing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention services through workplace wellness, health and safety programs. We also recognize that chronic disease is rampant in the workforce and that the health of the worker impacts their work just as the work can impact their health-producing an inextricable link between the health of the workforce and the productivity of the workforce. Therefore, with every step toward prevention we take, we are advancing two goals: improving the quality of life for individuals, and at the same time tangibly impacting the economic vitality of nations. This ability to leverage our efforts for wider impact is what, I think, helps make OEM such a rewarding specialty.


2017 Sappington Lecturer Dr. Ron Loeppke




Read more of our Q&A with Dr. Loeppke


AOHC -- Come Early, Stay Late

Colorado is a big, beautiful place and the Rockies offer multiple options for all kinds of tastes. With so many areas and activities to choose from, deciding what to do can be difficult, especially if you're on a tight schedule. Whether you're up for adrenalin-filled adventures or some serious spa time, culinary delights or wide fairways, here are some of the state's top resorts that combine amazing facilities with top-shelf dining, nightlife, and majestic mountain scenery. Exclusive deals, discounts and packages are offered for Denver visitors.

  • Breckenridge
  • Vail
  • Winter Park

For more information on things to do before or after AOHC, click here.



Thank You AOHC 2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors!

The exhibit hall is nearly sold out -- just three booths are left. For information on exhibit or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melanie Stanton mstanton@acoem.org.



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