Congenital Syphilis Hotline Pilot

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Do you have an URGENT congenital syphilis case and need SAME DAY expert consultation?

January 1 – March 31, 2024

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2023 Hawai’i STI Clinical Update

October 17, 2023

9AM-5PM (HST)

Honolulu, HI / Virtual

1-day in-person and virtual training covering the following topics:

  • Syphilis in Pregnancy
  • Congenital Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea (GC)/Chlamydia (CT), including extragenital testing
  • Doxycycline Post-exposure prophylaxis (doxy-PEP), Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
  • Dermatologic manifestations of STIs – Urethritis/Vaginitis (including syndromic management)
  • Sexual assault and STIs

Presented by:

  • Kelly Johnson, MD,MPH, Medical Director, California Prevention Training Center
  • Tamara Ooms, RN, MSN, FNP, Program Manager, California Prevention Training Center
  • Rosalyn Plotzker, MD, MPH, Clinical Faculty, California Prevention Training Center
  • Alan Katz, MD, MPH, Staff Physician, Hawai’i State Department of Health
  • Moderator: Breena Gaskov, BS, Outreach Epidemiological Specialist, Hawai’i State Department of Health

Learning Objectives

  • Explain prenatal syphilis screening and treatment recommendations
  • Describe the clinical and public health approaches to GC/CT prevention
  • Summarize data from recent studies exploring the use of doxy PEP to prevent bacterial STIs
  • Compare potential strategies for doxy-PEP implementation in clinical settings
  • Recognize dermatologic signs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Delineate treatment approaches for syndromes suggestive of STIs

Examination and Interpretation of Wet Preparations of Vaginal Specimens

Thursday, November 2, 2023

2:00-5:00PM (PDT)

  • In-person laboratory course onsite at the UC San Francisco campus
  • Intended for practicing clinicians with prior wet mount experience and microscopy skills
  • Capacity limited to 8 persons

The course begins with a fifteen minute didactic presentation on applicable issues of CLIA regulation, quality control, and interpretation vaginal wet mount (VWM) for common causes of vaginitis This will be followed by a fifteen minute video that details through the microscope footage of findings on VWM including trichomads, yeast and clue cells associated with BV. The remaining two and one-half hours consists of experiential training, including laboratory practicum on examination of saline and KOH vaginal wet mounts (VWM). During this portion of the training, participants will have an opportunity for group discussion, explanation, and demonstration, as well as practice and return demonstration.

Learning Objectives

  • Practice proper preparation of saline and KOH specimens of vaginal fluid to increase viability of specimens for microscopic evaluation.
  • Perform proper use of the light microscope to improve examination of saline and KOH wet mount specimens.
  • Assess wet mount microscopy specimens to appropriately interpret findings that support diagnosis of vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniaisis.

Examination and Interpretation of Wet Preparations of Vaginal Specimens

Intended for Practicing Clinicians with Prior Wet Mount Experience

The course begins with a fifteen minute didactic presentation on applicable issues of CLIA regulation, quality control, and interpretation vaginal wet mount (VWM) for common causes of vaginitis. This will be followed by a fifteen minute video that details through the microscope footage of findings on VWM including trichomads, yeast and clue cells associated with BV. The remaining two and one-half hours consists of experiential training, including laboratory practicum on examination of saline and KOH vaginal wet mounts (VWM). During this portion of the training, participants will have an opportunity for group discussion, explanation, and demonstration, as well as practice and return demonstration.

Learning Objectives

  • Practice proper preparation of saline and KOH specimens of vaginal fluid to increase viability of specimens for microscopic evaluation.
  • Perform proper use of the light microscope to improve examination of saline and KOH wet mount specimens.
  • Assess wet mount microscopy specimens to appropriately interpret findings that support diagnosis of vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis

March 30, 2023 from 2:00PM – 5:00PM (PDT)
UCSF Parnassus Heights Campus: San Francisco, CA
Instructors: Sharon Adler, MD, MPH and Lee Fagen, NP

Family Planning

We provide technical assistance and training to family planning providers and promote comprehensive sexual health education and services for low-income Californians.

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What We Do

Our team of health educators, communicators, and education specialists provides a wide array of capacity-building tools and technical assistance training to health providers in the family planning realm, from online course development to communications strategies, to coordinating and moderating webinars. Currently, our team provides support to California’s Family Planning Access Care and Treatment (Family PACT) Program—an innovative approach to providing free, comprehensive family planning services to low-income individuals, including adolescents.

Who We Are

The ability to plan if, when, and how many children to have is fundamental to the health of teens, adults, and society as a whole. Currently youth, Latinx, and Black communities experience higher rates of unplanned pregnancy, negative experiences in birthing, and barriers to contraceptive and pregnancy options. In some regions of the U.S., abortion may be legal, but it is inaccessible. Fear of stigma dissuades some individuals from seeking family planning services and prenatal care. We work to make all family planning options available to people of all genders so they can control their lives and destinies.

We operate within a reproductive rights framework that recognizes “…the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence” (World Health Organization).

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Minor Consent and Confidentiality for Sexual Health Services in California

Wed, October 25, 2023 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

This presentation will provide an overview of the laws that impact minors and their access to confidential sexual health and family planning services in California. It will review important exceptions to confidentiality, including mandated child abuse reporting and share some examples of best practices for implementation in difficult situations. Participants will learn about resources to support implementation of minor consent laws and be given an opportunity to test their own knowledge through case studies.

Objectives:
1. Identify when minors in California may consent to their own sexual health care under federal and state law
2. Determine the confidentiality and information sharing obligations that apply when minors seek sexual health care services
3. Describe approaches to implement the basic tenets of inclusive, respectful, and empowering health care provision in line with consent and confidentiality
4. Identify resources for keeping up-to-date with law and best practices related to consent and confidentiality for adolescent health services in California

1.5 CME Credits at no cost available to those who attend the LIVE event.

Learn more and register

Check back here for upcoming trainings!

Learning Resources

Explore these and other online learning opportunities from the rest of the CAPTC’s programs in our Online Learning database.

Webinar

Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices into Reproductive Health Services
August 30, 2023 Description: Exposure to abuse, neglect, discrimination, violence, and other adverse experiences can greatly impact a person’s health for the long term and the way they interact with the healthcare system especially when it comes to family planning services. Because of the potentially long-lasting negative impact of trauma on physical and mental health, […]

Webinar

Reproductive and Sexual Health Considerations for Transgender and Nonbinary People
Reproductive and Sexual Health Considerations for Transgender and Nonbinary People December 16, 2022 Description This webinar is presented by Gayge Maggio, FNP-BC, AAHIVS and will focus on the reproductive and sexual health needs/considerations of transgender and gender non-conforming people. There will be a focus on learning to approach sexual health in a culturally sensitive, non-judgmental […]

Webinar

Person-Centered Contraception Counseling for Family PACT Clients
October 19, 2022 Description Quality contraceptive care is more than just knowing the facts about all available birth control methods. In order for clients to select methods and get what they want from their birth control, it is crucial to provide contraceptive counseling that helps people identify their preferences in the context of their lives, […]

Webinar

Talking with Family PACT Clients About HPV Immunization
August 17, 2022 Description: Since the first HPV vaccines were introduced in 2006, rates of cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers have decreased in immunized populations. Family PACT will add HPV immunization as a benefit in July 2022 and will utilize guidelines developed by the CDC Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP). This webinar will […]

Clinical Tools and Guidelines

Clinical Practice Alert: Syphilis Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Clinical Practice Alert: Syphilis Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Rates of syphilis have been rising in the US, including in California, which has resulted in a corresponding rise in the rates of congenital syphilis (CS). Fifteen percent of women of childbearing age diagnosed with syphilis are pregnant. These trends mirror a sharp increase in all stages […]

Webinar

Putting New Family PACT Benefits to Work in Patient Care
May 11, 2022 Over the last year, the Family PACT Program has added several new benefits. These include three new contraceptive methods, a diagnostic test for Mycoplasma genitalium, and modifications in STI treatments based on the 2021 CDC STI Treatment Guidelines. In this webinar, a description of the new benefits will be provided and the […]

Webinar

Talking with Family Planning Clients About COVID-19 Vaccination
November 18, 2021 This webinar event is a collaboration between The California Department of Health Care Services Office of Family Planning, the California Prevention Training Center, the California Department of Public Health, and “#ThisIsOurShot” Program. Please join two OBGYNs, Dr. LaTanya Hines and Dr. Michael Policar, for a webinar training on how to effectively communicate […]

Webinar

2021 Implementing the CDC STI Treatment Guidelines: A Conversation for Family PACT Providers
The long-awaited 2021 CDC Sexually Transmitted Infections Treatment Guidelines were published in MMWR on July 22, 2021. This webinar will focus on significant changes from the 2015 CDC STD Treatment Guidelines, including updated guidelines for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital herpes, Mycoplasma genitalium, and vaginal trichomoniasis. To assist health care […]

Webinar

Update in Evaluation and Management Office Visit Coding for Family PACT Services
The CPT rules for the use of problem-oriented E/M office visit codes changed significantly on January 1, 2021. Since then, office visits are coded based on levels of medical decision-making or “total time” and the prior rules for using the “three key components” no longer apply. Consequently, Family PACT E/M coding policies were updated in […]

Patient-Facing Resources and Fact Sheets

Birth Control Methods
Information on birth control methods and Family PACT coverage for current and prospective Family PACT clients.

Disease Intervention

We train the disease intervention workforce to support individuals with communicable infections and those that may be at risk of infection.

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What We Do

We create innovative curricula and online training modules for disease intervention professionals so that they can effectively conduct contact tracing, partner services, and emergency response. Our team has traditionally provided capacity building around DIS skills focused on HIV/STIs as part of the National Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NNDITC). We are currently leading large-scale efforts to build capacity for COVID-19 disease intervention. Past projects have addressed other communicable infections such as tuberculosis.

Who We Are

Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) work in health departments, community health centers, and other similar locations to perform contact tracing, partner services, and emergency response. At the heart of this work is building trust, developing rapport, and providing support to the public. Our staff has decades of experience as contact tracers and outreach workers. We understand that effective contact tracing, counseling, case analysis, and community engagement are rooted in empathy and compassion.

Learning Resources

Enjoy this selection of trainings from CDC Train. You can also check out these and other online learning opportunities from the rest of the CAPTC’s programs on our Online Learning page

Online Course

Self-Disclosure
Many clients in prevention and care settings would like to tell others of their status regarding HIV/STI or other health conditions

Online Course

Introduction to Public Health Detailing
CDC Train’s Introduction to Public Health Detailing course educates and informs DIS on how to perform comprehensive, high-quality public health detailing to medical and healthcare professionals.

Online Course

Introduction to Telephone Interviewing for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Telephone Interviewing for DIS course will introduce partner services providers (i.e., DIS) to the basic principles and best practices for conducting telephone interviews

Online Course

Introduction to Trauma Informed Care for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care for DIS course is designed to introduce Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) to the principles and strategies of trauma-informed care, so they are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to support clients who have experienced trauma.

Online Course

Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
CDC Train’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to provide inclusive and affirming services to your patients.

Online Course

Partner Services
CDC Train’s Passport to Partner Services online modules are for providers who conduct all aspects of Partner Services (PS), and they are designed for PS professionals of all experience levels.

Online Course

Integrating PrEP into Partner Services
CDC Train’s Integrating PrEP into Partner Services course is designed to give Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) the tools they need to offer HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to their clients by reviewing what PrEP is, how it differs from post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and how to assess whether a patient is eligible.

Online Course

Introduction to Field Safety for DIS
CDC Train’s Introduction to Field Safety for DIS module will introduce partner services providers (i.e., DIS) to the basic principles and best practices for safely conducting field visits.

STI Clinical Training

We support healthcare providers in the Western United States (AZ, CA, HI, NM, and NV) to promote health equity and improve clinical outcomes for those affected by sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

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What We Do

We provide virtual training events, technical assistance, clinical tools, and STI clinical consultation via the STD Clinical Consultation Network to support providers in addressing the rise of STIs in their communities. We focus on complex issues in patient care including: evolving PrEP modalities, congenital syphilis management and prevention, and complications of gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Who We Are

The CAPTC Clinical Program has been funded for over 30 years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is part of the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC). Our faculty consists of physicians and nurses who are subject matter experts in the field of sexual health with extensive academic, clinical, and public health experience in STI control and response.

CAPTC also has a long-standing partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) STD Control Branch to deliver training on STI diagnosis and treatment to priority counties experiencing high rates of STIs. CDPH and CAPTC regularly collaborate on issuing statewide guidance related to STI screening/treatment and creating co-branded job aids and educational materials for providers throughout the state.

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Upcoming Trainings

Services Offered

Clinicians: Got a Tough STI Question?

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This service is intended for licensed healthcare professionals and STI public health program staff. We do not provide direct medical care, treatment planning or medical treatment services to individuals.

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STI Clinical Resources

Access the latest STI guidelines and best practices for STI management geared towards practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health professionals caring for patients with or at risk for STIs.

Online Learning and Trainings

Explore these and other online learning opportunities from the rest of the CAPTC’s programs in our Online Learning database.

Archived Webinars for Viewing

Search the list below of our previously recorded webinars, which can be viewed on-demand.

Live Webinars

Learn more about our upcoming live webinars.

In-Person Trainings

View the in-person trainings catalog and course descriptions below.*

*All In-Person Trainings are on hold due to COVID-19, please check this page for updates.

Clinical STI Trainings

Webinar

2024 STI Clinical Update: San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH)
Thursday, March 14, 2024 9:00AM-1:00PM (PDT) 3.75 CME units at no cost This half-day, hybrid event will provide important updates in the field of sexual health to help providers strengthen the delivery of STI prevention and care. Hear from local experts on STI epidemiology in San Francisco, updates on Doxy-PEP implementation, recognizing dermatologic manifestations of STIs, and a lively case panel.

Webinar

STI Clinical Update Webinar – Introduction to Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis: A Phoenix IHS and CAPTC Event
STI Clinical Update Webinar – Introduction to Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis: A Phoenix IHS and CAPTC Event January 11, 2024 8:30AM-12:00PM (MST) Presented by CAPTC Clinical Faculty Recording available 2 weeks after the webinar. Please note: CME not available for viewing the webinar recording. Presenters: Learning Objectives: Describe the varied clinical manifestations of syphilis in […]

Webinar

STI Clinical Update Humboldt County-Addressing the Rise of Syphilis: A Review of Clinical Management of Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis for Health Care Providers 
Presented by Drs. Kathleen Jacobson and Wyatt Hanft December 5, 2023 Learning Objectives: Apply California’s expanded syphilis screening recommendations. Describe the stages of syphilis and the recommended treatment and follow up for people with syphilis. Compare the traditional and reverse algorithm for syphilis screening.

In-Person Training

Examination and Interpretation of Wet Preparations of Vaginal Specimens
Examination and Interpretation of Wet Preparations of Vaginal Specimens Thursday, November 2, 2023 2:00-5:00PM (PDT) The course begins with a fifteen minute didactic presentation on applicable issues of CLIA regulation, quality control, and interpretation vaginal wet mount (VWM) for common causes of vaginitis This will be followed by a fifteen minute video that details through […]

Webinar

California Mpox Update for Healthcare Providers – October 2023
CDPH continues to see statewide Mpox activity, including a large cluster in Los Angeles County. This webinar, presented by the California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC), features CDPH’s Mpox Clinical and Epidemiology teams, who will provide a clinical update and epidemiological overview of Mpox, and discuss new research findings relevant to primary care and other healthcare providers, including data on transmission, vaccine equity, and vaccine effectiveness. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Webinar

STI Clinical Update Webinar #EverythingChlamydia
Monday, July 31, 2023 from 12:00PM-1:15PM (PDT) Presented by Drs. Kurtis Mohr and Rosalyn Plotzker Chlamydia is an STI that can manage to damage our body in oh so many places. Watch this webinar to learn Everything about this “cloaked” assailant: from stats & numbers, to pathophys’, fevers, chills, and burning whiz! Plus screening, treatment & prevention, of course!

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Structural Interventions

On hold due to COVID-19. Will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

The course demonstrates the intersectional link between HIV, Social Determinants of Health (SDH), and Structural Interventions (SIs). It provides a structured framework and necessary tools to address the SDH and structural barriers impacting the communities they serve.

The conditions in which people are born, live, learn, play and age greatly influence the health of individuals and communities. By critically examining the role of neighborhood conditions, education, income/wealth, and the socio-political climate, this training will strengthen participants’ understanding of the social determinants of health and their roles in shaping health outcomes of diverse populations.

Examples of programmatic, structural, and policy interventions will be discussed to illustrate how public health departments, advocates, and policymakers can effectively address HIV-related SDHand advance equity for populations and communities that have experienced persistent barriers to good health and high rates of HIV infections.

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Cultural Humility

On hold due to COVID-19. Will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

As individuals, we have our own cultural and life experiences which impact how we view the world, how we make decisions, and how we view others. As providers, it is critical that we are aware of our own personal views and how they may contrast with the beliefs, cultures, and goals of those we serve. These differences can adversely affect our ability to understand the needs of our clients, reach them effectively, and engage them in care and prevention services.

This training provides an overview of the concept and principles of cultural humility, which include lifelong learning and critical self-reflection, recognizing and challenging power imbalances, and institutional accountability. Practicing the principles of cultural humility can improve our ability to meet the diverse needs of the multicultural communities we serve.

This training is appropriate for anyone (direct service provider to policymaker) who is interested in working to address health disparities in their service area.

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Understanding Boundaries

On hold due to COVID-19. Will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Personal and professional boundaries are an integral part of any provider-client relationship. This is particularly true for those in the medical and social service delivery fields. Boundaries represent invisible structures imposed by legal, ethical, and/or professional standards. The ability to set and maintain boundaries is critical to ensure effective and successful interactions with clients as well as colleagues.

This training explores the importance of personal and professional boundaries. We look at the ways in which maintaining good boundaries improves client relationships and builds self-sufficiency. We define what constitutes personal versus professional, and legal versus ethical boundaries. Through didactic learning and experiential exercises, participants work to identify the most appropriate actions in situations that may arise when working with clients or colleagues.

This training is appropriate for any organization that has experienced challenges with boundaries or would like to proactively develop a boundary-aware culture.

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