Solutions to Iowa’s Opioid and Hepatitis C Crises: A Collaborative State-wide Response


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 opioid 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 syringe service programs.

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


9:00                 Registration

9:30                 Opening Remarks

  • Jean Robillard, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Iowa Health Care, Dean of the Carver College of Medicine

10:00               Opioid Use in Iowa: An Update on the Data

  • Patricia Quinlisk, MD, Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Dale Woolery, Assistant Director, Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy

10:40               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

11:40               Building Comprehensive Syringe Service Programs (SSP)         

  • Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director, Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Detective Sergeant Ronald Martin, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Kiefer Patterson, Government Relations Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Moderators: Representative Bobby Kauffman, Representative Jared Klein

12:30               LUNCH

1:00                 Building Comprehensive Syringe Service Programs (cont.) 

  • Kiefer Paterson, Government Relations Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Heather Bush, Syringe Service Program Coordinator and Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, Utah Department of Health
  • Hansel Tookes, MD, Director, IDEA Exchange, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Moderator: Senator Brad Zaun, Chair, Judiciary Committee

2:30                 Break-out sessions/work-group formation

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

3:00                 Closing Remarks/Call to Action

  • Lonny Pulkrabek, Sheriff, Johnson County                
  • Susan Cameron, Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association



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The University of Iowa Colleges of Health Sciences

Kelch Conference Room
Papajohn Biomedical Discovery Building
169 Newton Rd.
Iowa City, IA 52242