Upcoming Webinar – Hepatitis Landscape in West Virginia

Join Us for Our Upcoming Webinar:

Hepatitis Landscape in West Virginia

June 28, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

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During this webinar, the speakers will provide an overview from the WV Cancer Registry on the transition from chronic viral hepatitis to liver and bile duct cancer; linkage between injection drug use and viral hepatitis; prevention and management strategies; and information on ordering adult hepatitis vaccines for use in health departments, clinics, harm reduction programs.

Objectives: 

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact and role of injection drug use on hepatitis B and C transmission and liver cancer rates;
  • Describe the process for ordering hepatitis B vaccine doses from the WV Bureau for Public Health;
  • Describe evidence-based strategies for preventing hepatitis B and C among patients/harm reduction participants.

Speakers:

Markie P. McCoy, MPH is an epidemiologist with the West Virginia Division of Cancer Epidemiology since March 2018. Ms. McCoy graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at West Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, May 2014. While attending WVSU, she became a member and recipient of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Fall 2013. Ms. McCoy later graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master’s in Public Health degree in May 2017.

Judith Feinberg, MD , FACP, FIDSA, is a Professor of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry and Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases, at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Feinberg completed her medical degree at Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, premedical coursework at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, IL, and her Bachelor of Art from the University of Chicago, IL. She has federal funding from National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and state funding from the WV Bureau for Public Health for these efforts. Dr. Feinberg was recently named the first E.B. Flink Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine.

Jeff Neccuzi was West Virginia’s first Vaccines for Children (VFC) Coordinator at its inception on October 1, 1994 and became the VFC Coordinator again in 2019 after serving 17 years as the Program Manager. Jeff manages vaccine procurement, provider ordering, VFC enrollment, and provider participation. Jeff has 28 years of experience in Immunization Services which he has used to participate in various workgroups and committees. Jeff is a 1990 graduate from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Registration: Click here to register for this free webinar. Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants.

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Cost: Free

Continuing Education:

1.5 CEU hours for Physician, Pharmacy, and Nursing have been applied for the live and archived webinar. CEUs will be available for the archived webinar until July 28, 2021.

1.5 hours of Dental CEUs have been approved.

Participants: Continuing dental education credits issued for participation in the CDE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing boards. This confirms that the individual designated below has met all the requirements of the course(s) for awarding applicable continuing dental education credit.

Marshall University School of Medicine Department of Dentistry & Oral Surgery is an ADA CERP recognized provider.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education

Recognition Program (ADA CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/goto/cerp

Questions?

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact the WIN Program Manager.

 

 

 

Community Education Group Issues New Report Warning of Addiction/Hepatitis/HIV Syndemic in West Virginia

LOST RIVER, W.Va. (May 3, 2021) – A new report issued by the Community Education Group (CEG) details what the organization calls a “syndemic” of Substance Use Disorder, Viral Hepatitis, and HIV that constitutes a grave and ongoing threat to public health in West Virginia.

The report, entitled Deconstructing Silos in West Virginia: Breaking Down Barriers Between HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and Viral Hepatitis Care, describes how misguided policies and gaps in infrastructure are leaving multiple West Virginia counties vulnerable to outbreaks of Hepatitis and HIV, largely driven by the state’s opioid addiction crisis. West Virginia leads the nation in Viral Hepatitis diagnoses, and new HIV diagnoses have been increasing since 2017.

The document lays out steps for reversing these trends, such as improving access to testing and treatment and making sure infected and at-risk patients are referred to the appropriate care and services.

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CEG Is Building a WV Statewide Resource Guide

#CEGInWV is building a new West Virginia Statewide Resource Guide, and we need your help to identify providers, services, Community-Based Organizations, and coalitions.

This guide will allow Consumers, Organizations, and Providers to select their county to find the HIV, Substance Use Disorder, Viral Hepatitis, and other social and healthcare services being offered in their area.

Check out our interactive map, select your county, and if you know of a resource we have missed, please take a few moments to fill out our form to help us broaden this guide.

Add Your Resource

 

News release: West Virginia’s higher education community joins nationwide observance of National Rural Health Day

Contact: 

Jessica Tice

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Community and Technical College System of West Virginia

304-545-9412 (mobile)

jessica.tice@wvhepc.edu

 

NEWS RELEASE

West Virginia’s higher education community joins nationwide observance of National Rural Health Day

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s higher education community is celebrating the state’s health providers and educators today as part of National Rural Health Day. Held annually on the third Thursday of November, this day is designed to recognize the efforts of those serving the health needs of an estimated 57 million people across the country.

“West Virginia depends on our rural health providers and educators to ensure our citizens have the quality healthcare they need. This is true during normal times, and it is especially true today as our state continues fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education. “Our office works within West Virginia’s communities to train the rural providers of the future through various financial aid programs and rural health initiatives. As we continue that critical mission, we are proud on this national day of recognition to thank the many heroes on the front lines, right now, working to keep West Virginians healthy.”

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission administers several scholarship and loan repayment programs designed to develop healthcare providers for rural and underserved areas of the state, and to support the communities where students learn and eventually practice. The Commission also oversees the West Virginia Rural Health Initiative, a collaboration with the state’s three medical schools aimed at recruiting and retaining rural providers by providing community-based training for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health fields.

National Rural Health Day is organized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. In West Virginia, the State Office of Rural Health is presenting its “Community Star” award today to Debrin Jenkins, Executive Director of the West Virginia Rural Health Association.

“Mrs. Jenkins worked tirelessly to create the West Virginia Hepatitis Academic Mentoring Partnership, which has served more than 50 physicians in the southern part of our state,” said David Deutsch, Associate Director for the State Office of Rural Health. “Her work showcases the community-minded, can-do spirit of rural health stakeholders to address challenges.”

To learn more about the Commission’s rural health care programs and view a new publication about the West Virginia Rural Health Initiative, visit http://www.wvhepc.edu/inside-the-commission/offices-and-affiliates/health-sciences/.

To learn more about National Rural Health Day, visit https://www.powerofrural.org/.

 

RHSPN to Co-Convene December Advocacy Day Meeting

The Rural Health Service Providers Network (RHSPN) will be co-convening a National Day of Advocacy on Monday, December 14th, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern.

This meeting will be convened in collaboration with the West Virginia Statewide Stakeholders Coalition (WVSSC), a project of the Community Education Group (CEG) based in Shepherdstown, WV. The WVSSC’s mission is Deconstructing Silos Between HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and Viral Hepatitis testing, treatment, services, and care.

Speakers for the December National Advocacy Day include:

Tom Morris – Associate Administrator, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

This will be the first national meeting of the RHSPN, which will begin convening regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month (excepting federal holidays), beginning in January 2021.

These meetings will bring together speakers from federal, state, and local agencies to discuss issues relevant to RHSPs. More information will be released in the coming months, as we plan for the first meeting of 2021.

Registration for the December meeting is separate from the regular meetings, so please be certain to register for both using the links provided.