Monkeypox Explained: Causes, Incidence, Pain/Symptom Management, At Risk Populations and Outcomes
Monkeypox (MP) has been declared a public health emergency in the United States due to a growing number of cases there and abroad. A sudden surge in cases in the month prior to this recording sparked a number of questions surrounding the nature of the disease, how it is transmitted, and available prophylactic options. This activity will provide participants with the latest information on the status of the MP outbreak, including its origin, at-risk populations, efficacy of available vaccines, pain and symptom management, risks of delayed diagnosis and mortality. Emerging research on MP prevention and treatment interventions will also be discussed.
This activity is provided by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealth Group.
No commercial support was received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals who have an interest in learning about MP.
At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the nature of the MP virus including origin, symptoms, methods of transmission, incubation period and outcomes.
- Identify the incidence and populations at risk for MP.
- Discuss the efficacy of available vaccines and the populations that qualify for vaccination.
- Understand MP screening and preventative methods, pain and symptom management, risks of delayed diagnosis and mortality.
- Explore emerging research on MP prevention and treatment interventions.
Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH
Chief Public Health Officer
Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, CTropMed, CTH
Chief, Division of Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine
About the presenters
Ethan M. Berke, MD, MPH is the Chief Public Health Officer at United Health Group. In this role, he oversees the public health and prevention efforts for the organization, including infectious disease, emergency preparedness, chronic illness prevention, and health disparities. He and his colleagues pioneered self-collected COVID nasal testing, demonstrated the utility of pooled COVID testing in schools and businesses, is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, and regularly contributes to public health policy through work with federal and local agencies. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer, Population Health Solutions and Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Optum.
Prior to joining United Health Group, Dr. Berke served as Medical Director of Clinical Design and Innovation for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System (D-HHS), an academic health system in New Hampshire.
Throughout his career, he has worked to innovate health care delivery and public health. At Dartmouth he was the Principal Investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Prevention Research Center. He regularly contributes to the national health policy discussion pertaining to social determinants of health, health transformation, and consumerism in health and has contributed to health legislation. He is internationally known for his work in mobile health (mHealth) and remote medical sensing, and has researched the built environment to better understand how habitat and behavior affect individual and public health.
Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, CTropMed, CTH is a physician-scientist, educator, researcher, clinician and author who is board certified in Infectious Disease with expertise in global health, tropical medicine, parasitology, and virology including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Dr. Griffin is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Optum (formerly ProHEALTH New York). He is a clinical instructor of medicine in the Department of Medicine–Division of Infectious Diseases at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a researcher at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, President of Parasites Without Borders, Inc., the Senior Fellow for Infectious Disease – UnitedHealth Group and a provider of clinical inpatient and outpatient infectious disease care at Optum. Dr. Griffin is a speaker and educator who has lectured throughout the world on global health topics for the University of Glasgow, the Peace Corp, the University of Minnesota, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Floating Doctors and Remote Care Education, as well as for other groups in Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and India. He is one of the co-hosts of the popular 5-star rated podcasts This Week in Parasitism and This Week in Virology and one of the authors of Parasitic Diseases, which is currently in its 7th edition with thousands of copies distributed in over 100 countries around the world.
Sarah Chart, RN
Optum Health Education
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The activity faculty and planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and UnitedHealth Group. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 0.75 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hour ([0.075] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 0.75 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-22-162-H01-P/T
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Optum Health Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. Optum Health Education maintains responsibility for this program. 0.75 CE hour.
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Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
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- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 0.75 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 APA - Psychologists
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance
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