Exploring Harm Reduction Solutions to Iowa’s Opioid, Meth, and Hepatitis C Crises

Stakeholders and professionals from law enforcement, public health, drug control, and health care, as well as legislators and experts in infectious disease and substance use disorder prevention and treatment are invited by the University of Iowa Colleges of Health Sciences to a one day summit on the injection drug use and hepatitis C crises in our state. Through this day long session, speakers and attendees will explore evidence-based opportunities for prevention of disease and addiction, focusing on comprehensive syringe service programs.

Registration is free and CE credits are available for this event.




Opening Remarks

Jean Robillard, MD Vice President for Medical Affairs & Dean, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa


Opioid & Meth Use in Iowa: An Update on the Data

Patricia Quinlisk, MD Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Nathan Blake, JD Deputy Attorneys General, Iowa Department of Justice


Hepatitis C Epidemic & Injection Drug Use

Kyle Brown, MD Professor of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, University of Iowa
Randy Mayer Chief, Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis, Iowa Department of Public Health
Steven Cook, MD Medical Director, Iowa Department of Corrections


Evidence-based Public Health: Building Syringe Service Programs (SSP)

Detective Sergeant Ronald Martin North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Kiefer Paterson Government Relations Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
Kevin Techau, former U.S. Attorney for Iowa
Senator Kevin Kinney




Building Comprehensive SSPs: Lessons from Rural States

Kiefer Paterson Government Relations Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
Heather Bush Syringe Service Program Coordinator and Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, Utah Department of Health
Sarah Ziegenhorn Executive Director, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
Kim Brown President, Quad Cities Harm Reduction
Senator Brad Zaun, Chair, Judiciary Committee


Break-out sessions/work-group formation

Michigan Room (351), Northwestern Room (345), Ohio State Room (343), Purdue Room (341)

Legislative Strategies
Research and Data Gaps
State-Local Coordination of SSP Implementation
Harm Reduction in Action


Closing Remarks/Call to Action

Sgt. Elizabeth Quinn Story County
Susan Cameron Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association



Register Here

Registration deadline: September 15

Day of registration will be available, but lunch is not guaranteed to those who have not pre-registered. Continuing education credit is available and a fee will be charged to those who are interested in obtaining. If you are interested in obtaining CE credit, please indicate so below and you will be contacted with further instructions for enrollment and payment processing.