The MARR Coalition offers free educational programs for students, consumers and healthcare providers, designed to promote appropriate antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. Please see a list of the programs below and click on the link for more details.
MARR Community Education Program
"Antibiotics & You"
This award-winning, 45-minute interactive program is designed for consumers of all ages to help them better understand antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, and how to use these lifesaving medicines appropriately. The presentation is directed toward students in grades 3 - 6. However, it can be used for any audience. Content includes:
- The differences between bacteria and viruses
- How germs spread
- What happens when you get sick
- How antibiotics work
- What antibiotic resistance is and what you can do about it
- How to prevent infection and illness (handwashing, immunization, exercise, nutrition)
Interested in bringing Antibiotics & You to your school or organization?MARR makes it easy for you to do it yourself with our easy to follow instructional video. Visit our Educator Page for more information on this free program. In some instances, trained presenters may be available in Michigan to teach the Antibiotics & You program at your school, business, healthcare facility or civic group meeting. Contact MARR for more information.
“Antibiotics & You” presentation kits are also available free for non-Michigan venues. Please contact MARR for more information.
“Antibiotics & You” earned the 2003 Award for Excellence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been adopted by several other state coalitions nationwide for use in their community education programs.
MARR Healthcare Provider Education Program
Antibiotics in the Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
This free, CME-accredited webinar was developed by the MARR Coalition and Wayne State University School of Medicine to promote appropriate management of upper respiratory infections. Healthcare professionals can obtain free CME credits until December 31, 2013. Click here to access the webinar.
Specifically designed for Michigan primary care practitioners, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the presentation includes information about antibiotic resistance, treatment guidelines for upper respiratory infections (URIs), and strategies to improve patient satisfaction when antibiotics are requested but not necessary for the treatment of the illness. It also provides useful advice on how to establish effective practice protocols that improve patient outcomes by setting reasonable expectations for URI treatment and management. The program is conveniently divided into three, one-hour modules:
- Antibiotic Resistance of Streptococcus Pneumoniae and its Clinical Impact
Presented by: Stephen Lerner, MD, Wayne State University
- Guidelines for the Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Presented by: Mohamad Fakih, MD, St. John Health System
- Truth With Satisfaction
Presented by: Marla Rowe Gorosh, MD, Henry Ford Health System
Upon completion, participants in this program will:
- Understand the emergence, selection and dissemination of various types of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and appreciate the clinical impact of this issue
- Understand the clinical features, diagnosis and practice guidelines for treatment of common cold, pharyngitis, sinusitis, acute bronchitis, influenza infection and otitis media
- Understand and incorporate into practice a model for enhanced communication with patients in discussing the diagnosis and treatment for upper respiratory infections, which do not require antibiotics
- Develop a cadre of communication tools that enhance the patient/clinician relationship, while adhering to recommended practice guidelines and maintaining efficient use of time
New Curriculum Now Available!
This program includes:
- Information about a new two-day curriculum designed for 9th and 10th grade biology/health students
- Two-state collaboration in content design along with teachers, microbiologists, doctors, and state and other professional input
- Focus on bacteria (will also talk about viruses), how antibiotics work and development of antibiotic resistance
- Environmental impact and global health concerns
- Meets multiple science content, standards and competencies
- Curriculum instructional video
- Pre-packaged two-day curriculum with PowerPoint presentation
- Pre and posttest for students
- Student worksheet and teacher resource sheet
- Teacher evaluation/reporting form