Online Program

Overview of get smart know how antibiotics work program

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Rebecca Roberts, CDC/OID/NCIRD/DBD/RDB, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work, Atlanta, GA
Antimicrobial resistance is a major threat to public health worldwide. Infections with multi drug-resistant pathogens increase the risk for severe illness, prolonged hospitalizations, expensive alternative therapies, and may even result in death. Although there are multiple causes, unnecessary use of antibiotics for acute upper respiratory infections is one of the forces driving emergence of drug-resistant bacterial pathogens. This session will highlight strategies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work in the Community” program to provide community and healthcare education, and provider tools to counter inappropriate antibiotic use. Presentations will cover a wide array of ongoing partnerships including those among professional societies, academic institutions, health plans and international organizations. This session will highlight lessons learned from state-based programs in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, the session will highlight use of the web, mass media and social media during the 2012 Get Smart Know Week (November 12-18) and a preview of 2013 activities will be described.


This session is targeted to a broad audience interested in the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance including public practitioners, healthcare providers and trainees in biomedical sciences such as MPH students.

This session will not only address a major public health concern but equip the audience with the knowledge and readily available resources that may be used to initiative projects in their own communities. Moreover, it offers an opportunity for individuals with similar interest to interact during and after the session.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify three factors that drive inappropriate use of antibiotics in young children and adults Demonstrate three partnerships forged by Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Program to promote judicious use of the antibiotics in the community Explain three examples of state-based initiatives focused on increasing awareness about appropriate use of antibiotics Name and explain at least three lessons learned during use of Web and social media to promote judicious use of antibiotics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Public Health Specialist for the Get Smart Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I have worked on the Get Smart program and directly with a wide variety of partners and activities for the last four years. Serves as a CDC liaison for state-based partners involved in implementation and evaluation of Get Smart activities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.