COTC Global Disease Conference One Week Away!

NEWARK, Ohio, February 26, 2016 – Nurse educators, nursing students, nurses, physicians and EMS personnel are encouraged to participate in a one-day conference that will provide an overview of select communicable diseases in both the adult and the pediatric populations.

Prevalence of current diseases will be discussed, as well as symptoms, risk factors and appropriate healthcare provider response. Community response to global diseases will also be a key topic. An overview of sepsis and septic shock will be included as well since sepsis is often a result of complex illness associated with communicable disease. The day will conclude with a session on surveillance and emerging diseases/pathogens that pose a threat to the public’s health today and in the future. And with the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declaring a disease linked to the Zika virus a global public health emergency, this topic has also been added as part of the global diseases medical conference that will be held at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) next Friday.

The presenters were carefully selected as they are noted experts in their respective fields. They include:
  • James O'Brien, MD MSC, presenting Sepsis/Septic Shock
  • Melanie Pepper, MS NNP-BC, presenting Speckles & Spots: Infectious Diseases in the Pediatric Population
  • Joe Ebel, RS MS MBA, presenting Ebola, SARS, & MERS: Oh My!: The Changing Landscape of Global Diseases
  • Adam Masters, MPH, presenting Under the Microscope: Surveillance, Intervention, & Emerging Issues
The Ohio Chapter for the National Association of Associate Degree Nursing (OOADN) ), in partnership with COTC’s Workforce Development Innovation Center (WDIC) and COTC’s Health Sciences and Nursing divisions are hosting the conference called Clinical Updates: A Community Perspective on Global Diseases to examine such issues.
The conference is scheduled for Friday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for attending the conference.​

Registration is required. The fee is $90.00 and includes breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and learning materials. Nursing students attend free thanks to the sponsorship of OOADN. To register, contact WDIC Director, Vicki Maple at 740.364.9565 or The registration deadline is March 1st.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.