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.


Friday, September 29th, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Iowa Memorial Union- Illinois Room (3rd Floor-348)

125 N. Madison St.

Iowa City, IA 52242

9:00                 Registration

9:30                 Opening Remarks

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

10:00               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

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               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
  • Moderators: Kevin Techau, former U.S. Attorney for Iowa & Senator Kevin Kinney

12:30               LUNCH

1:00                 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
  • Moderator: Senator Brad Zaun

2:30                 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

3:00                 Closing Remarks/Call to Action

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


3:30                 Adjourn



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.

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The University of Iowa Memorial Union

Illinois Room- 3rd Floor, room 348
125 N. Madison St.
Iowa City, IA 52242