Hepatitis takes center stage during annual conference in Lexington and town-hall meeting in Hazard later this month

Soar logoKentucky, which leads the nation in hepatitis C infections, will have its third annual hepatitis conference July 26 in Lexington, followed by a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting in Hazard on July 28, World Hepatitis Day.

The first meeting, “Hepatitis: Breaking the Silence,” is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program, and the Kentucky Immunization Program, according to Kentucky Health News. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington and will offer continuing education credits for medical professionals. Click here to register and view the draft agenda.

The conference will also look at screening strategies in children and infants, an update on syringe-exchange programs, diagnosis and treatment, barriers to treatment, using telehealth to treat hepatitis in primary care settings, and regional data on addiction and treatment.

“The Kentucky Rural Health Association has fast become the premier organization to educational outreach throughout Kentucky and some nationally,” KRHA Executive Director Tina McCormick said in an e-mail to KHN. “We will have attendees from other states at this year’s conference, which spreads the word across state lines.”

Then, on Thursday, July 28, the state Department for Public Health is partnering with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to host a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting at  Hazard Community and Technical College.

“The meeting aims to increase community awareness, provide best practices on prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C, HIV and substance abuse and engage multi-sector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement,” says a news release.

This meeting is free and open to the public, though registration is required because space is limited. Click here to register.