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Opening Panel Discussion

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Syringe Services Programs: Equity and Inclusion in Addressing Harms Related to Drug Use
-moderated by Mark Hiller, WBRE

Speakers: Denise A. Johnson, M.D., FACOG, FACHE, Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Stuart Fisk, CRNP MSN, Director of Strategy, Center for Inclusion Health, Medicine Institute, Allegheny Health Network

Topics to be Covered

  1. Syringe service programs (SSPs) and their history

  2. Health services and modalities delivered by SSPs and their impact on public health

  3. Current policy and legislation related to SSPs at the federal and local level SSPs

  4. Considerations for development and implementation of SSPs

  5. Funding and sustainability of SSPs

Biographies

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Denise A. Johnson, M.D., FACOG, FACHE, Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Dr. Johnson is the Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to serving in this role, she was most recently Chief Medical Officer at Meadville Medical Center. Before joining the Meadville Medical Center leadership team in 2008, Dr. Johnson spent 13 years in private practice in Meadville. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a former commissioner of the Governor's Commission for Women. Dr. Johnson has been involved in various community and regional groups focusing on diversity and inclusion and on the needs of women. She is the former board chair of the Meadville Area Free Clinic and is past chair of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Boston University, Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Stuart Fisk, CRNP MSN, Director of Strategy, Center for Inclusion Health, Medicine Institute, Allegheny Health Network

Mr. Fisk has been involved in HIV activism, research, nursing, and prevention since 1988. He has provided hospice, nursing and medical care for persons living with HIV disease since 1992 with a focus on providing care for persons with substance use and mental health disorders. He has helped to develop a number of innovative programs to provide compassionate and state of the art care for these populations, both in Pittsburgh, PA and San Francisco, CA. He was involved in the development and legalization of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, a syringe exchange program providing a broad range of prevention services for injection drug users in the region. Since 1999 he has been involved in the development of the Positive Health Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital; a Ryan White Care Act funded medical clinic for persons with HIV. He has provided primary care for persons with HIV infection at the Positive Health Clinic and serves as Principal Investigator for the Ryan White Care Act grant from HRSA. He provides mobile low-barrier buprenorphine and acute medical care for Prevention Point Pittsburgh at their syringe service site.

 

Stuart Fisk is also Director of Strategy for the Center for Inclusion Health at Allegheny Health Network. The mission of the Center is to develop clinical, teaching and research programs to expand quality health care to populations that have been excluded from health systems due to mental health, substance use or other political and social determinants of health disparity.

Presentation Slides