Lightning Talk

Unlocking the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency, J-7, Continuing Education Program Office (DoD, DHA, J-7, CEPO)

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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To contribute toward the advancement of better care, value and education in practice and community settings, CEPO organizes CE/CME activities that align with our parent organization, DHA. Co-creating and improving optimal outcomes for health, well-being, experience, and readiness are goals of the DHA Strategy Map that CEPO also strives to execute.


Interprofessional education (IPE) collaboration remains a high priority of the 14-person CEPO Interprofessional CE/CME Team. This priority is fulfilled by optimizing the interprofessional learning environment and increasing availability of IPE opportunities for military health care providers supporting patients, families, caregivers, and community practice groups. CEPO’s CE/CME activities are comprised of an interprofessional team inclusive of the planning committee, presenters, and learners. CEPO also collaborates biweekly with multi-disciplinary stakeholders across the Military Health System (MHS) community during the Biweekly Interprofessional CE/CME Planning Meeting where updates to CE/CME activities, lessons learned, and best practices to improve patient outcomes are discussed.


CEPO represents an interprofessional initiative by being an approved CE/CME accredited provider with Joint Accreditation and five other medical professional associations facilitating the ability to award CE/CME credits to 13 disciplines. CEPO has also provided CE/CME support to multi-disciplinary international conferences with up to eight concurrent professional tracks accredited for over 100 CEs.


CEPO currently executes the Clinical Communities Speaker Series (CCSS), an interprofessional educational opportunity providing leaders in primary and specialty care a platform to ensure optimal knowledge, skills, and clinical care practices are being disseminated.


CEPO demonstrates intentional engagement of patients, families and communities by supporting CE/CME activities that address practice gaps, system/education barriers, and uses interactive educational methods. During the CCSS, CEPO utilizes interactive tools (i.e. Polling Questions) for participants to evaluate the CE/CME activities offering a more dynamic learning experience. CEPO also conducts outreach to multiple communities, locally and internationally, to further foster a diverse learning environment.


This activity has been planned and implemented by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. In support of improving patient care, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded up to 1.25 contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists: This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours (.125 CEU) UAN: JA4008105-0000-20-062-H04-P; JA4008105-0000-20-062-H04-T

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the National Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The National Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive up to 1.25 continuing education credits.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, adopted by the Joint Accreditors for Interprofessional Continuing Education, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has a conflict of interest policy that requires that all individuals involved in the development of activity content disclose their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All potential conflicts of interest that arise based upon these financial relationships are resolved prior to the educational activity.

Lolita O’Donnell, LaDonna King, Barbara Anderson, Wendy Ward, Kathryn Neil, Diana McNeil, Shelley Cohen Konrad

declare no vested interest in or affiliation with any commercial interest offering financial support for this interprofessional continuing education activity, or any affiliation with a commercial interest whose philosophy could potentially bias their presentation.