2018 List of Events

03/23/2018 : West Virginia Immunization Network  

Free CE Course for Oral Health Providers

Friday, March 23, 2018  ‚óŹ  8:30am to 3:00pm

Robert H. Mollohan Research Center at the I-79 Technology Park 

(1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV)

Click here to register.

This free CE course will focus on HPV infection, precancers, cancer, vaccination and early detection in the morning and will cover the oral effects of drugs and other substances in the afternoon.


8:00am - 8:30am   Registration & Refreshments

8:30am - 10:30am   Presentation: Reflections on HPV infection, Cancer, Precancer, Life, Love, and New Technologies for Early Detection, Speaker: Hiba Qari

Objectives: At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:

1. Describe clinical and microscope features of all types of HPV oral lesions, especially those associated with cancer development;

2. Describe technologies and methods used for early diagnosis and prediction of cancer transformation; 

3. Describe treatment and prognosis of all types of HPV-associated H&N lesions; and

4. Compare look-alike lesions, especially for HPV precancers and early cancers.

10:30am - 10:45am   Break 

10:45am - 11:45am   Presentation: You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention 

Speaker: Kathryn Moffett

Objectives: At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the burden of HPV disease;

2. Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention;

3. Explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 or 12. 

4. List the recommendations for administering the HPV vaccine to males and females;

5. Provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate; and 

6. Locate resources relevant to current immunization practice.

12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch Provided

1:00pm - 3:00pm   Presentation: The Abused Mouth: From Cocaine to Methamphetamine, Marijuana to Bulimia. A Stroll Through the Oral Effects of Drugs, Products, Habits and Psychoses

Speaker: J. E. Bouquot 

Objectives: At the end of this presentation the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the many oral mucosal effects of recreational and prescribed medications;

2. Identify the oral effects of certain habits (bulimia, gum and candy chewing, lemon sucking, etc.); 

3. Describe the differential diagnosis and treatment options for a wide variety of oral mucosal effects of drugs, other products and certain habits.

About the Speakers

Adjunct Professor & Past Chair, West Virginia University School of Dentistry
Director of Research, The Maxillofacial Center for Education & Research
Adjunct Professor & Past Chair, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Dr. Bouquot was trained at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and the Royal College of Dentistry, Copenhagen, Denmark. For 27 years he chaired diagnostic science departments in two dental schools: West Virginia University and the University of Texas in Houston. He is co-author of the most popular textbook of oral pathology and has been President of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, a Senior Visiting Scientist of the Mayo Clinic, President of two national oral pathology organizations and Director of the American Cancer Society's national Board of Directors. He has won more than 60 teaching, service and research awards, including the St. George Medal, the highest award given by the American Cancer Society, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota, the Lifetime Achievement Award from WVU, the Distinguished Dentist Award from the West Virginia Dental Association, and Honorary Diplomate status from the American Board of Oral Medicine. He has published more than 340 papers, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Bouquot's precancer, oral disease epidemiology and bone research has been cited thousands of times in the literature. He has received a NIH grant to study HPV and has given more than 1,500 research and continuing education presentations in every US state and in more than 30 countries. In his seminars he emphasizes clinical features of disease, differential diagnosis and disease management, with much practical information based on his lifetime experience in an active clinical oral pathology (oral medicine) practice and one of the nation's largest oral pathology biopsy services. 

Hiba Qari, BDS,MSc, Diplomate ABOMP
Assistant Professor & Director, Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Morgantown, WV

Dr. Qari was born in Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers) to Middle Eastern parents and feels right at home in Morgantown, WV. She is a globe-trotter, having lived in England, Saudi Arabia and the United States; she is fluent in both Arabic and English. She received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King Abdul-Aziz University, in Saudi Arabia. Upon completion, she worked in Saudi Arabia as a general practitioner for half a decade, after which she returned to the US, where she received a Master of Science degree from Tufts University, with a research foci on flow cytometry and construction of 3-dimensional human skin equivalent models induced from pluripotent stem cells. Dr. Qari completed a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She has published several research papers in odontogenic tumors, osteomyelitis, lichen planus and soft tissue tumors. She is currently Assistant Professor at the WVU School of Dentistry, where she directs the biopsy service, Maxillofacial Diagnostics, and is Director of the Division of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology. She is proud to be a mountaineer and part of the WVU community. 

Kathryn S. Moffett, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Dr. Moffett attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA (BS 1982) and worked for Wyeth Labs in Radnor, PA as a chemist (1982-1984) before attending Penn State-Hershey (MD 1988).  Her training included: pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Med Center of Akron (1988-1991) and chief resident in pediatrics (1991-1992); fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory University (1992-1994), with 6 weeks at the International Center for Diarrhea Disease Research Hospital, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in 1994. She worked at E. Tenn. Children's Hospital in Knoxville, TN (1994-1996) and Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, PA (1996-1998), before joining the faculty at WVU in 1998.  While in Harrisburg she became a part of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) care team and has continued to care for CF patients at WVU.  In 1999, she became the Center Director for the Mountain State CF Center. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She consults on the pediatric wards for Cystic Fibrosis and Infectious Diseases, with teaching of residents and medical students. Additionally, she teaches Medical Students/Residents/Fellows in the outpatient clinic (cystic fibrosis & infectious diseases) and hosts Doctors-on-Call, a local public television program. Her research interests include cystic fibrosis, with ongoing clinical trials in CF, vaccines in children, and medical ethics & palliative care of chronic diseases in children. In 2008, she became Section Chief for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.


To Register

Registration is free, but space is limited. Click here to register. 


A room block is being held at the Hampton Inn Fairmont (2121 Pleasant Valley Road, Fairmont, West Virginia, 26554) for the night of March 22nd at a rate of $93 + tax. The room block will be held until March 8th. To reserve a room in this block please call 304-363-4999 and use code: RHD to make your reservation.

For more information

Contact: Julie Jackson by email or at 304-356-4367.

Sponsored by

West Virginia Immunization Network, American Cancer Society, West Virginia Oral Health Program, and the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition. 


Funding for this presentation was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cooperative agreement number, NH23IP000960. The views expressed in the written materials and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

04/27/2018 - 04/28/2018 : Institute for Health Care Governance  

The 9th Annual Governance and Leadership Forum

Stonewall Resort and Conference Center, Roanoke, WV

The annual West Virginia Governance and Leadership Forum has brought a unique focus on innovative ideas, thoughtful insights and tested strategies for strengthening rural health care, improving the health of rural communities and developing the thoughtful leadership that can produce results.  The Forum has been an educational event of choice for rural leaders who want to learn from top professionals, strategists and practitioners who can stimulate their thinking and provide the tools and approaches they need to transform their rural organizations for a sustainable future.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Pre-Session Governance 101:  Fundamentals of Intentional Governance    10:00 am - 3:30 m
Topics Include: (tentative)
  • Framework for Intentional Governance
  • Demystifying Robert's Rules of Order for Small Boards
  • Legal Responsibilities of Board Members
  • Board Self-Assessments
  • Distinction Between Governance and Management
  • Interactive Governance Clinic
Forum Opening Reception and Rural Health Leadership Awards Dinner    5:00 pm

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Governance & Leadership Forum continues     7:30 am - 4:15 pm
Topics Include:  
  • Agenda still under development   COME BACK SOON
Block of Rooms reserved through March 27, 2018

Reserve early as Stonewall Resort and Conference Center has filled up in previous years.
06/21/2018 - 06/22/2018 : West Virginia Immunization Network  


In Partnership with the KidStrong Conference

June 21 and 22, 2018

Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV

Click here to register.

The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in addressing and resolving immunization issues in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, consumers, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia.  

Featured Speakers:

Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver

Amanda Dempsey is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and a practicing General Pediatrician. She has studied pediatric immunization delivery for the last 15 years, with a focus on adolescent vaccination, HPV vaccination and vaccine hesitancy.  She has been involved in several large, pragmatic, randomized, controlled trials related to improving HPV vaccination in the primary care setting and is a practicing general pediatrician. She serves as a standing member of the American Cancer Society’s HPV Vaccination Roundtable Provider Intervention workgroup and serves on the board of the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition.

Presentation Topic: Dr. Dempsey will speak about evidence-based communication strategies for improving child and adolescent vaccine uptake, including the use of motivational interviewing to overcome vaccine-hesitancy. 


Tamika Felder, Cervical Cancer Survivor

Ms. Felder is a 16-year cervical cancer survivor or as she says, "Cervivor". She is the Chief Visionary at Cervivor - a nonprofit dedicated to cervical cancer advocacy and support. Newsweek Magazine named her a "Cancer Rebel". Tamika is the author of Seriously, What Are You Waiting For? 13 Actions To Ignite Your Life & Achieve The Ultimate Comeback. She was featured in Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic and is currently working on a documentary film about cervical cancer, the women living with it and the vaccine to prevent it.  

Presentation Topic: Ms. Felder will speak about her experiences with cervical cancer and the importance of improving HPV vaccination rates in order to prevent it and other HPV-associated cancers. 


JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, Nurse Educator, Immunization Services Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Wolicki travels throughout the United States to educate healthcare providers on immunization. Before joining CDC in 2010, she served for 14 years as a Nurse consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Immunization. Ms. Wolicki serves as a committee member of several work groups for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), contributes to the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases textbook (the Pink Book), and works on many immunization training and educational materials and programs. 

Presentation topics: Ms. Wolicki will provide a 2018 Immunization Update, which will include updates on recent changes to the immunizations schedules, and a presentation on vaccine administration at the 2018 Immunization Summit.  


Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, Professor, the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 

Dr. Zimmerman, M.D., M.P.H. (Epidemiology), M.A. (Bioethics), M.S. (Organizational Leadership) is a Professor with tenure in the Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. In the past, he has served as founding chairperson of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (www.immunizationed.org).  He serves as co-author for the smartphone and online software, Shots. In 2002-2004, he served as a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at CDC and continues to serve on one of its working groups. He has authored over 200 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases. He has been the principal investigator on CDC-funded studies about racial disparity and adult immunization and on ways to increase vaccination rates.  He has received national awards for his research on economic barriers to immunization and for his curricular materials on immunization and has been honored as one of Pittsburgh’s best family physicians.

Presentation Topic: Dr. Zimmerman will speak about the Challenges of and Solutions to Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases.


Annual WIN Awards Luncheon:

The Annual WIN Awards Luncheon will be held at the Civic Center on June 21st at from 11:45am to 1:00pm. Purchase of the full two-day Immunization Summit registration or Day 1 Registration includes entrance to the Annual Awards Luncheon. Those wishing to purchase tickets for other guests, may purchase tickets to the Awards Luncheon for $25. For more information at the Annual Awards Event or to submit a nomination, please click here.

Adult Immunization Clinic:

An Adult Immunization Clinic, hosted by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, will be held during the Immunization Summit and KidStrong Conference. Hepatitis A & B, Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), HPV, and pneumococcal vaccines will be offered. Please note in the registration form below if you would like to receive one or some of these vaccines at the conference. If so, please bring the following documents with you to the clinic: your insurance card (or a copy of it) and a copy of your immunization records (if available).


Registration Fees:

  • Advance registration (until June 15th): $50  for one day; $90 for two days
  • Late Registration (June 16th and after): $60 for one day; $110 for two days
  • Student rates: $25 for one day; $45 for two days.
  • Annual WIN Awards Luncheon ticket: for those who are not attending the Immunization Sumit/KidStrong Conference or for additional guests: $25

Given that some WIN members are facing budgets cuts at this time, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to cover 50% of the registration fee for those who need it this year. If you would like to request one of these scholarships, please email the WIN Program Manager stating the reason for requesting this scholarship and the number of scholarships requested.

To register, please click here.

*Please note that school nurses and school-based health clinic personnel should register with the KidStrong Conference and are welcome to cross-over into some or all of the Immunization Summit sessions. If you have already registered for the KidStrong Conference, you do not need to complete a separate Immunization Summit registration.

Cancellations and Substitutions:

If you cannot attend the Immunization Summit you can send a substitute, even at the last minute. If you must cancel entirely, your request for a refund—minus a $30 processing fee—must be made in writing no later than June 15, 2018. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the request. Cancellations made after June 16th are not eligible for a refund. 


Room blocks for Immunization Summit registrants are being held at:

  1. Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown (1 Virginia Street West, Charleston, West Virginia, 25302) at a rate of $128/night + tax for a Double and $134/night + tax for a King. To reserve a room in this block, please call 304-343-9300 and use code: Center Rural Health when making a reservation to take advantage of the room block rates. The room block closes May 20th.

  2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston (300 Court Street, Charleston, West Virginia, 25301) at a rate of $139/night + tax. Overnight parking is an additional $13/night. To reserve a room in this block, please call 304-347-8700. The room block closes May 21st. 

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