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Appalachia Summit

May 16, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Real World Solutions for Eliminating Viral Hepatitis Among PWID
in Appalachia

Interactive Virtual Course

The goal of the Summit is to examine the syndemic of viral hepatitis infection and substance use among people who inject drugs in Appalachia and to identify strategies and best practices for lowering barriers to effective testing and treatment.

12:00 p.m. Welcome

  • Planning Committee Introductions
  • Summit General Information

12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion:Ā  novel programs to diagnose and treat PWUD, Integration of SUD, Mobile Clinics, Telehealth (in and outside of the clinical setting)

1:15 p.m.Ā  BREAK

1:30 p.m. Summit II: Small Group Breakouts, Session 1

  1. Strategies to build support for HCV diagnosis and entry into care among PWUD, including anti-stigma efforts
  2. Low-threshold, client centered models for HCV diagnosis and treatment
  3. Overcoming policy barriers to the implementation of low-threshold HCV diagnosis and treatment programs
  4. Policies and practices that can increase the number of providers who are willing and able to treat HCV among PWUD

2:00 p.m. Report out from each of the Breakout Session I (approximately 10 minutes will be allottedĀ for each report back)

2:40 p.m. Breakout Q & A

2:50 p.m. Summit II: Small Group Breakouts, Session 2

The conference attendees will be separated into groups focused on models and strategies for specific populations and settings:

  1. Correctional healthcare and incarcerated people
  2. Maternal and child health/perinatal care
  3. Syringe services programs (SSPs) and opioid treatment programs (OTPs)
  4. Syndemic strategies: HCV, HIV, and SUD

3:55 p.m. Report out from each of the Breakout Session II (approximately 10 minutes will be allottedĀ for each report back)

4:35p.m. Breakout Q & A

4:40 p.m. Closing Remarks ā€“ Summit Co-Chairs

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

* Attendees will self-select into the first and second breakout groups at registration.


PDF Flyer for the Event: Appalachia Summit Invitation


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For more information on ways to support and collaborate with the Community Liver Alliance, please contact Suzanna Masartis at Suzanna@communityliveralliance.org or 412-400-9343.


May 16, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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