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ACOA Professional Development Committee 

 ACOA 2017-18 Lunch and Learn Series



CAPT Monica Parise

Director, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria

Chair, CDC Honor Awards Board 

CDR Cria Perrine

Team Lead, Infant Feeding Team, Division of Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity

NCCDPHP Awards Board

Date: Tuesday April 10, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm ET 

Location: Century Center, Building 2500, Room 1200

(2500 Century Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345)


Teleconference information:

Skype link:

Join by phone: (770) 488-3600 or (855) 644-0229; Conference ID: 7935616


*Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis for those who do not RSVP by the deadline.*


Please RSVP to CDR Naomi Tepper ( and LCDR Esra Toussaint-Barrett ( by Tuesday April 3, 2018 


Give a Life Program 


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association proudly supports the "Give-a-Life" program.  This Corps-wide campaign provides a life giving opportunity for everyone. 


The first ACOA event in support of the "Give-a-Life" program is encouraging Officers, family members and friends to make a commitment to be an organ donor by signing an organ donor card.


Organ and tissue transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and changes the lives of many others.  Possible donations include heart, lung, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small bowel, corneas, ligaments, and bone.  The need continues to vastly outnumber supply.  The latest statistics show there are 111,736 patients waiting for organ transplants (with many more needing tissue or corneal transplants).  Over 60,000 of those patients are described as multi-cultural and 1,785 as pediatric patients.  Over 28,663 transplants occurred in 2010.  However, there were still over 111,000 people on waiting lists. 


As members of the world's foremost public health institution, we are confident that many of you have already individually taken the steps needed to be a donor however, there are undoubtedly many others who have not - usually for a reason as simple as an absence of opportunity.  But the COA, ACOA, and partners would like to take this campaign a bit further.  We recommend that every officer sign a donor card as well as talk to his or her family members and neighbors to recruit them to make a similar commitment.


Where do you get a donor card?  A card and a brief survey can be found at  The last page of the document has a printable version of a donor card that you and your friends and family can use.  That same card can be copied and used in community-wide registration drives.  The signed card should then be permanently carried in the donor's wallet or purse.


As an enthusiastic partner in the "Give-a-Life" campaign we thank you for your support and commitment to the first ACOA event of the "Give-a-Life" campaign, the organ donor card.




Free Pass to National Parks & Recreation Areas 

Did you know you can get a free pass to many of our country’s national parks and recreational areas?



The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series




This program provides officers and their dependents a free pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 years or younger are admitted free.

See: Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military and Their Dependents
 For active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)



Disclaimer:  There may be a problem at some locations and obtaining the pass may not work for PHS officers 



ACOA is Offering BLS for Healthcare Providers

ACOA is pleased to offer the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course to our members for the first time. This course will fulfill the PHS readiness requirement for BLS and successful completion of the course will result in BLS Certification for two years.

ACOA is subsidizing the cost of the course and supplies so our members will only need to pay $25 per person. LCDR Erika Odom, ACOA President and certified AHA BLS instructor will teach the course. Class size is limited to eight students and spaces are expected to fill up quickly. To reserve your seat:

  1. E-mail LCDR Rachael Cook at to ensure there are seats remaining.
  2. Pay $25 to ACOA via PayPal by logging in to PayPal, selecting “Pay or Send Money” and then “Pay for Goods or Services.” When prompted for an email address, enter Enter your name and “BLS Course” in the “Notes” field and select “No address needed” for the shipping address.
  3. Once payment is confirmed, you will receive an e-mail from LCDR Cook confirming your seat in the course.

Location: CDC Chamblee Campus

4770 Buford Highway NE

Building 107, Basement, Room B121

Atlanta, GA 30341

Date and Time:  Friday, March 2, 2018

*0730 – 1200

*Please arrive no later than 0740 to allow time for parking, security clearance, and escort to the building; if you arrive after this time, you will forfeit your registration fee and not be able to participate in the course.

Uniform of the Day: ODUs or Khakis

Thank you for your interest in this event. If you have any questions, please contact:

LCDR Rachael L. Cook

Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association Treasurer

Phone: Work 404-669-4528, Cell 602-758-1366



If you have information of interest to commissioned officers please contact a member of the ACOA Executive Committee.

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