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Webinar: Developing a Community Response Plan for an Outbreak of Hepatitis and HIV among Persons Who Inject Drugs
April 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
REGISTER: Developing a Community Response Plan for an Outbreak of Hepatitis and HIV among Persons Who Inject Drugs: How a Rural Community in Virginia is Preparing for and Addressing this Vulnerability
The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis that is fueling an increase in injection drug use and rates of transmission of blood-borne viruses, including HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and hepatitis B virus (HBV). Vulnerability to the rapid dissemination of HIV was experienced during the 2015 HIV outbreak in rural Scott County, Indiana, where over 90% of those newly diagnosed with HIV were co-infected with HCV.
In the wake of the HIV outbreak in Scott County and in response to the CDC’s vulnerability assessment which identified 220 counties most vulnerable to an outbreak of HCV and HIV among people who inject drugs (PWID), the LENOWISCO Health District of the Virginia Department of Health initiated efforts to develop a comprehensive community response plan to address this vulnerability. The LENOWISCO Health District, made up of four localities in rural southwest Virginia – Lee, Norton, Wise, and Scott – has been heavily impacted by the opioid epidemic and two of its counties were identified in the CDC’s assessment.
Join NACCHO and the LENOWISCO Health District for a webinar that will review the process the LENOWISCO Health District undertook to develop its Community Response Plan, including assessing risk, conducting a tabletop exercise, and convening town hall meetings to gather community feedback and increase community knowledge of the infectious disease consequences of the opioid epidemic. The Plan addresses all phases of an emergency situation resulting from a hepatitis or HIV outbreak about PWID – preparedness, response, and recovery – which will be reviewed during the webinar.
- Sue Cantrell, MD, District Director, LENOWISCO Health District; District Director, Cumberland Plateau Health District
- Dan Hunsucker, Public Health Educator, LENOWISCO Health District
- Sydney Manis, MPH, Local Health Emergency Coordinator, LENOWISCO Health District
- Gretchen Weiss, MPH, Director of HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis, NACCHO