The state Department for Public Health is partnering with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to host a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting July 28 at Hazard Community and Technical College.
“The meeting aims to increase community awareness, provide best practices on prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C, HIV and substance abuse and engage multisector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement,” says a news release.
The featured speaker will be Dr. John Ward, the federal Center for Disease Control’s Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis.
Earlier this year, the CDC identified 220 counties in the United States as being most vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and Hepatitis C among those who inject drugs in those communities, and 54 of those counties, including Letcher, are in Kentucky, with 44 of those in Appalachia.
The meeting is free and open to the public, though registration is required because space is limited. Visit soar-ky.org to register or call 1-606-766-1160.