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Public forum to focus on lead, HIV, opioids Sept. 27

Experts from Upstate University Hospital and the Mayor’s End the HIV Epidemic Task Force will come together for a town hall forum focusing on three critical public health issues in Syracuse. Mayoral candidates will speak following the program.

Lead, HIV, and the Opioid Epidemic in Syracuse will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Atrium, 201 E. Washington St. Syracuse.

The agenda is as follows.

5 p.m. Doors open with tabling and networking opportunities

5:30 p.m. End the Epidemic: Nicky Jennings, MS, CHES, HIV/PrEP Education Specialist at Upstate Medical University

5:40 p.m. HIV in Syracuse: Elizabeth Reddy, MD, Medical Director of Immune Health Services at Upstate University Hospital

5:50 p.m. Lead Crisis: Travis Hobart, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Director of Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medical University

6 p.m. The Opioid Epidemic: Ross Sullivan, MD, Director of Medical Toxicology at Upstate University Hospital/Upstate New York Poison Center

6:10 p.m. Q and A

6:30 p.m. Mayoral Candidates Panel: Juanita Perez Williams, Ben Walsh, Laura Lavine, Howie Hawkins

7:30 p.m. Conclusion

This event is a partnership between Upstate University Hospital and the Mayor’s End the HIV Epidemic Task Force, which began in 2015 as part of the Governor’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2020.