Improving Care Disparities for Black Americans in Mississippi with Venous Thromboembolism: The Role of Care Transitions in Critical Access Hospitals

Please use the box in the top-right corner of the screen to login or register.

Release Date: June 02, 2021
Expiration Date: June 02, 2022

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 90 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

This activity was previously presented as a live webinar with Q&A during May 2021. Please note: If you participated in the live webinar, you are ineligible to receive an additional 1.5 contact hours of credit and may not re-submit for credit previously awarded.

Program Overview

This activity is designed to educate clinicians on how to reduce care disparities and health outcomes for Black Americans in rural Mississippi with a venous thromboembolism (VTE) diagnosis, as they make the transition from a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) back into their own communities on oral anticoagulants.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals (HCPs) practicing in CAHs in Mississippi, including specialists in vascular medicine, pulmonologists, vascular surgeons, hematologists, hospitalists, primary care providers, emergency department physicians, allied HCPs (ie, NPs, PAs, pharmacists) and/or other HCPs involved in the coordination of care between practice settings for patients with VTE.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss disparities in care among Black Americans with VTE, including disparities in receiving direct-acting oral anticoagulants
  • Describe real-world evidence on the racial and ethnic disparities in the presentation of COVID-19, the hypercoagulability state of patients, and key practice considerations
  • Implement optimal approaches to the recognition and treatment of VTE with direct-acting oral anticoagulants, including tools and resources to engage patients in their care plan
  • Evaluate how a “bridging” strategy with both pre-discharge and post-discharge interventions can improve care transitions for Black patients with VTE
  • Provide effective, sustainable, and culturally appropriate interventions to improve outcomes through optimal care transitions that reduce unplanned CAH readmissions and health disparities for Black patients with VTE in Mississippi CAHs


  • Improving Care Disparities for Black Americans in Mississippi with Venous Thromboembolism – Charles V. Pollack, Jr., MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, FACC, FESC, FCPP; DeGail J. Hadley, DO; Cynthia Harrington, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Ned, MT(ASCP); Elizabeth Hood, PharmD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through June 02, 2022. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
  2. You may be asked to complete a short pre-test before accessing the educational content. This must be completed in order to move forward in the activity.
  3. Complete the educational content as designed.
  4. Complete the post-test. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 70%.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation survey to provide feedback and information useful for future programming.
  6. Certificates for CME and CNE may be printed immediately after successfully completing the post-test and activity evaluation. Pharmacist credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor 4 weeks following receipt of a completed, qualified form.

Faculty Biographies

Charles V. Pollack, Jr., MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA, FACC, FESC, FCPP
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Charles Pollack earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He is currently a Clinician-Scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Pollack has long been active in teaching and clinical research and is an international leader in emergency medicine. He is the only physician to have received the American College of Emergency Physicians’ highest national awards in both teaching and research; he also received the national teaching award from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. In addition, Dr. Pollack is the only US emergency physician to be elected a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. His primary research interests are in the management of thrombosis, reversal of anticoagulation, and other aspects of critical care.

Dr. Pollack has written more than 500 original research articles, chapters, and abstracts, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is on the steering committees of multiple national and international studies. He is the principal investigator on multiple ongoing trials and studies. He is also a strong advocate for entrepreneurism and innovation in healthcare. Dr. Pollack is a founding board member of the Hospital Quality Foundation, a non-for-profit education and research organization dedicated to improvement in the quality of care provided to patients in the hospital and at transition back to the outpatient setting.

DeGail J. Hadley, DO
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dynamic Wellness Medical Clinic
Cleveland, Mississippi

Dr. DeGail Hadley received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed his residency in family medicine at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Dr. Hadley practices family medicine and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Wellness Medical Clinic located in Cleveland, Mississippi. He was drawn to the field of family medicine by the fact the field is diverse. As an Osteopathic Primary Care Physician, he treats a wide variety of illnesses that affect the entire family. Dr. Hadley is a community advocate and influential African American physician whose focus is on educating his patients and developing a healthier community, one patient at a time. He is blessed to practice in his hometown, which enhances his desire to provide thorough healthcare to his patients.

Dr. Hadley is the immediate past president of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association (MOMA). He has lectured on diabetes, hypertension, COVID-19, healthy men, and obesity, just to name a few. Since returning to the Mississippi Delta in 2012, he has served over 10,000 patients. He believes health is essential and one of the principles to a positive and productive life. Dr. Hadley is the recipient of several service awards (Health Care Hero Award, Business Person of the Year, 70X2020 Colon Cancer Initiative Community Award), just to name a few.

Cynthia Harrington, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Ned, MT(ASCP)
Family Nurse Practitioner
Choctaw Regional Medical Center
Louisville Medical Clinic, Louisville, Mississippi
Aberdeen Health Clinic, Aberdeen, Mississippi
Nurse Educator
Aspen University
Denver, Colorado

Dr. Cynthia Harrington received a master of science as a family nurse practitioner from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and a doctor of nursing practice from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In addition to her post-graduate nurse educator courses at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she earned post-master certificates as a nurse educator from Walden University and as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Harrington is American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) dual certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She is currently a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Louisville Medical Clinic and the Aberdeen Health Clinic in Mississippi, as well as a Nurse Educator at Aspen University, Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Harrington is a member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the Emergency Nurses Association, among others. Her research interests include diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, renal disease, obesity, and breast cancer.

Elizabeth Hood, PharmD
Director, Anticoagulation Clinic
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Elizabeth Hood received her PharmD degree from the University of Mississippi and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Hood serves as the Director of the Anticoagulation Clinic which cares for both adult and pediatric patients on anticoagulation therapy. Pharmacists in the clinic provide care for patients throughout the state, many with low incomes and no insurance, and facilitate medication access and education.

Dr. Hood co-chairs the Anti-Clot Committee (Anticoagulation and Thrombolytic Oversight Team) which oversees the systematic management of anticoagulants within the hospital and clinics. In addition, she works as the pharmacist for UMMC’s Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Clinic. She serves as a clinical preceptor for the University of Mississippi (UM) School of Pharmacy, as well as residency preceptor for pharmacy residents with UMMC and the UM School of Pharmacy. She is a member of ACC and the Anticoagulation Forum.


MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MediCom Worldwide, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is acceptable for 1.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit. Universal Activity Number: 827-0000-21-027-H01-P. Knowledge-based CPE activity.

In order for CPE Monitor to authenticate credit, pharmacists/technicians must provide their e-Profile ID number from NABP and date of birth (in MMDD format) when claiming credit for a CPE program.

International Pharmacy Preceptors and Canadian Pharmacists: If you are in need of e-Profile ID to participate in an ACPE approved activity, please contact NABP customer service for further assistance as special handling is necessary. NABP customer service can be reached at (847) 391-4406.
MediCom Worldwide, Inc., 101 Washington Street, Morrisville, PA 19067 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP11380. MediCom designates this CNE activity for 1.5 contact hours. Program Number: 21-027-143


As an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and California State Board of Registered Nursing, MediCom Worldwide, Inc. requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner, that could create a conflict of interest. Accordingly, the following disclosures were made.

Faculty Disclosures

Dr. Charles Pollack, Jr. has received honoraria as a consultant from AstraZeneca, eXIthera Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Milestone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Provepharm Life Solutions. He has received grant support related to research activities from eXIthera and Provepharm.

Dr. DeGail Hadley has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Cynthia Harrington has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Dr. Elizabeth Hood has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, Isabelle Vacher, Vice President of Educational Strategy, Scott J. Hershman, MD, FACEHP, CHCP, Educational Program Director, Laurel Ranger, Medical Writer, and Andrea Mathis, Project Manager, have no relevant financial relationships.

Advisory Board Disclosures

Elliott R. Haut, MD, PhD (Chair); Leslie Lake; F. Randy Vogenberg, RPh, PhD, FASHP; and Murray L. Harber have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this activity, please contact MediCom Worldwide, Inc. at 1-800-408-4242 or email us at [email protected]

Provided by MediCom Worldwide, Inc.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance.

©2021 MediCom Worldwide, Inc., 101 Washington St., Morrisville, PA 19067, 800-408-4242.
No portion of this material may be copied or duplicated without the expressed permission of MediCom Worldwide, Inc.

Please use the box in the top-right corner of the screen to login or register.

© 2022 MediCom Worldwide, Inc. All rights reserved