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Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting

The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Shaping Our Appalachian Region brought together National, State and Local Experts on Hepatitis C, Infectious Disease and Substance Abuse to Hazard on July 28th, 2016 – World Hepatitis Day! 

When and Where the Event was Held

The Event was held on Thursday, July 28th from 10 AM – 1PM at Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazar d, KY.

Featured Speaker:

Our featured speaker was Dr. John Ward, CDC Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis.

He brought a National Perspective and  spoke about Ways Forward.

Dr. John W. Ward is the Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is responsible for research, surveillance, policies, and programs to prevent viral hepatitis transmission and disease. Dr. Ward’s previous work includes early studies of HIV transmission, natural history and leading US HIV/AIDS surveillance. Dr. Ward has authored over 150 scientific publications, served as Editor of MMWR, CDC’s health bulletin and was the Editor for Silent Victories, a history of public health in the 20th century published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ward received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and internal medicine training at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He is a faculty member of the Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Other featured speakers include:

Photo of Dep. Sec. Feeley

Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Timothy Feely

The Goals of the Town Hall Meeting:

  • Increase Community Awareness
  • Provide Best Practice Recommendations on the prevention, detection, and treatment of Hepatitis C and HIV and Substance Abuse
  • Engage multi-sector community, state, and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement

Two Breakout Sessions:

Matt Brown, Chief of Staff to the CEO.... Eric Mills, Chief Strategy Officer... Dana Greider, Marketing.... Carla Copley, Peer Support Specialist

Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment into Needle Exchange Programs


Dr.  Peter Oliver, Highlands Regional Medical Center

The Opiate Epidemic in Eastern Kentucky:  Causes and Cures

Community Sponsors:

Appalachian Regional Commission 
Appalachian Regional Hospitals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Kentucky Hospital Association 
Kentucky River District Health Departments
Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health 
Veterans Affairs 


Lunch is generously sponsored by Community Trust Bank

Morning Refreshments are generously sponsored by:


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