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In this Week's Issue

  • September is National Food Safety Education Month
  • Disaster Prep Tool to Help Patients Collect Their Personal Medical Information
  • FDA Authorizes Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Use as a Booster Dose
  • Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment and Prevention
  • Inflation Reduction Act Expands Health Coverage, Ignores Medicare Payment Fix
  • SA Kids BREATHE (SAKB) Program Offered by the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
  • Last Chance for Free PPE from BCMS
  • University Health Weekly News Digest
  • The Official CREC Conversations Newsletter




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September is National Food Safety Education Month
September is National Food Safety Education Month. Every year, an estimated one in six Americans get food poisoning, but you can help protect yourself and others from getting sick. Check out here the four simple steps to prevent food poisoning and cross-contamination

Disaster Prep Tool to Help Patients Collect Their Personal Medical Information
With flooding already hitting parts of Texas, now’s the time to remind patients to get copies of their vital personal medical information, in case of an emergency or natural disaster later. This disaster prep flyer from the Texas Medical Association can help you do just that as Texas enters peak hurricane season. Read more

FDA Authorizes Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Use as a Booster Dose
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to authorize bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months following primary or booster vaccination. Continue Reading

Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to provide updates on recent variant1 influenza virus infections and summarize CDC’s recommendations for identification, treatment and prevention of variant influenza virus infection for the summer and fall of 2022. Read the recommendations here.

Inflation Reduction Act Expands Health Coverage, Ignores Medicare Payment Fix
The Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law on August 16, 2022 has made headlines for its deficit, and climate change related provisions. But the omnibus legislation also will expand health care coverage and lower Medicare prescription drug costs. Read More

SA Kids BREATHE (SAKB) Program offered by the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
This program is designed to help high risk children between the ages of three and seventeen, diagnosed with asthma in the City of San Antonio and their families by providing home or virtual interventions, designed to reduce asthma triggers, including environmental hazards and social disparities of health. Find more information here.




Upcoming Community Events


Communicating COVID: ECHO for Community Health Workers
Sep 9 │12:00 pm - 1:00 pm│
This video conference is to connect health professionals to a multi-disciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and build capacity for delivering best practice care. Sessions included presentations of real life situations and group discussions to share resources and inform care.

FREE CME Wellness & Coaching Webinar
Sep 19│7:00 pm│Register
Efficient Charting Tips for Busy Healthcare Professionals
Learn effective time-saving strategies to get your charting done at work!
presented by Nora Vasquez, MD.

San Antonio’s Inaugural Health Equity Symposium
Sep 23│9:00 am - 2:00 PM│
During this event, presenters will discuss the status of health equity in San Antonio. Topics Include: Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Emergency, a snapshot of health inequities in San Antonio, and short and long term strategies for impacting the effect of inequities in the community

Managing Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea in Texas
Sep 29 │12:00 pm - 2:00 pm│Register
This webinar is for Medical providers who provide sexual health services, including MDs, NPs, DOs, PAs, RNs, and other clinical support staff in primary care, OB-GYN, public health, women’s health, emergency care, and urgent care personnel.

Inaugural Symposium On Host-Microbiome Interactions
By UT Health San Antonio

Nov 3│8:00 am - 4:00 pm│
This event welcomes researchers, healthcare professionals and students in the region to explore the latest discoveries in host-microbiome interaction and oral-gut-brain axis research!




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