Continuing Education

NICHQ is pleased to offer continuing education credits to physicians (as CMEs) and nurses (as Contact Hours), as well as Certificates of Participation to all other professionals who wish to receive Continuing Education (CE) credit. This page contains all necessary information related to CE and the process for obtaining credits for this course.

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Requirements for Earning CE Credits

In order to receive the full 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for this course, you must do all of the following:

  1. Complete the "Become An Advocate E-book" lesson
  2. Complete the "Be The Advocate Activity" lesson
  3. Complete the "Advocacy Plan Creator" lesson
  4. Complete the Course Evaluation
  5. Complete the Post-Course Test and receive a score of at least an 80%

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Applying for CE Credits

Once you have completed the required lessons in the course, you will receive an email invitation for the Course Evaluation and Post-Course Test. You must complete both surveys to receive credit. If you do not receive the invitation email after completing the course, please contact us at

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CE Information



Be Our Voice Online Advocacy Training Course
Jointly sponsored/co-provided by Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality

 Hardware and Software Requirements:


Pentium IV with a processor speed greater than or equal to 1.0 GHz


1 GB


Any OS capable of running browsers and Flash version specified below


IE 7.0+, Firefox 2.0+, Safari 2.0+, & Google Chrome with Cookies, JavaScript, Images, Active-X (IE only) and Flash enabled

Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or higher (1MB disk space needed to install)

Screen Resolution


Color Depth

High Color, 32 Bit


512K dedicated or faster.  Broadband internet access is recommended.


A sound card, and either speakers or headphones (for multi-media audio)


Activity Information:

Original Release Date: August 1, 2012
Last Review Date: July 31, 2012
Expiration Date: August 1, 2014

Estimated time to complete this activity: 3 hours

Fee for this activity: $300 (individual)

Course Director
Shikha Anand, MD, MPH
Director of Strategic Alliances & Initiatives and Obesity Program Director
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Planning Committee and Authors
Erin Ellingwood
Project Manager for Marketing Systems
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Marianne McPherson, PhD, MS
Director of Applied Research and Evaluation
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Carrie Peltier, MS, MPH
Project Manager
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Jenna Williams, MPH
Project Manager
National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)


Richard Glickman-Simon, MD
Assistant Professor
Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Linda Ordway, RN, MS, ACNP-BC
Nurse Planner
Tufts University School of Medicine
Office of Continuing Education
Boston, MA

Target Audience

PCPs, Nurses, Pharmacists, Medical Students, Residents, NPs, PAs, all healthcare professionals - dentists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, healthcare administrators, registered dietitians, promotoras, and medicine men/women, healthcare professional students, community leaders 

Activity Goal

The Be Our Voice curriculum is designed to give healthcare professionals the skills and resources to advocate for children’s health, specifically in the obesity prevention arena, in their communities.  The curriculum was developed using an in-person format at eight sights across the United States between 2009-2011. The in-person advocacy trainings (on which the present online curriculum is based) are very resource intensive, so the purpose and goal of creating self-paced, online learning course is to provide healthcare professionals with a cost-effective and convenient method of obtaining advocacy knowledge regardless of their location.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define what it means to be engaged in community-based advocacy
  • Develop a message for any given advocacy focus
  • Identify successful strategies for effectively delivering an advocacy message using print and communication media
  • Explain the role and process of public policy in advocacy
  • List the best practices for connecting with other healthcare professional advocates and coalitions
  • Apply what he/she has learned about childhood obesity advocacy in a simulated community
  • Create a complete, personal Advocacy Plan to guide his/her childhood obesity advocacy work outside of a clinical setting and feel prepared to act on that plan

This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/IOM competencies: Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Leaning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

Accreditation Statements


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality.   TUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TUSM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

This activity provides 3 contact hours for nurses.

Requirements for Successful Completion
To receive CE credit, participants must register, view the content, complete the evaluation, and successfully complete the post-test with a minimum score of 80%.  Certificates will be emailed to participants within 6-8 weeks after successful completion of the activity.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships with Commercial Interests
All faculty, course directors, planning committee members and others in a position to control the content of an educational activity are required to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Conflicts of interest resulting from a relevant financial relationship are resolved prior to the activity during the content review.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationship to report in the last 12 months with a commercial interest:  

Shikha Anand, MD, MPH, Course Director
Erin Ellingwood, Planning Committee and Author
Marianne McPherson, PhD, MA, Planning Committee
and Author
Carrie Peltier, MS, MPH, Planning Committee and Author
Jenna Williams, MPH, Planning Committee and Author
Lara Shew, Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education
Karin Pearson, Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education
Mirosleidy Tejeda, Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education
Richard Glickman-Simon, MD, Reviewer
Linda Ordway, RN, MS, ACNP-BC, Reviewer

There will be no discussion of off-label use.

Commercial Support
There is no commercial support for this activity.

Non Endorsement Statement
The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Tufts University School of Medicine or
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality. Inclusion in this activity does not constitute approval or endorsement of any commercial products or services. These materials have been prepared based on the best available information, but are not exhaustive of the subject matter. Participants are advised to critically appraise the information presented and encouraged to consult the available literature for any commercial products mentioned.  Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by the TUSM OCE or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

ADA/OEO Nondiscrimination Policy
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) considers all applicants and activity participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religious creed, sex or sexual orientation.  TUSM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TUSM does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in their programs and activities as identified in the American with Disabilities Act. 

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality: To view the privacy policy for TUSM OCE, please see:

For question regarding certification, please contact Tufts University School of Medicine- Office of Continuing Education at or 617-636-6579.

For technical help, please contact

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