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.


Friday, September 29th, 2017

9:30 AM - 3:00 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, 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

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: Representative Bobby Kauffman, Representative Jared Klein

12:30               LUNCH

1:00                 Building Comprehensive SSPs: Lessons from Rural States

  • Kiefer Paterson, Government Relations Director, Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Sarah Ziegenhorn, Executive Director, Iowa 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

(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

  • Susan Cameron, Iowa State Sheriffs’ & Deputies’ Association



Registration deadline: September 15.  Day of registration will be available, but lunch is not guaranteed to those who have not pre-registered.

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The University of Iowa Memorial Union

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