A physician education grant provided by the WVDHHR
Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities and administered by the WVMPHP helped make this conference possible.
During October-December 2006, a total of 20 other outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis in West Virginia were reported to WVDHHR
, representing a sevenfold increase in the number reported during the same period in 2005.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the WVDHHR
and the Bureau of Behavioral Health & Health Facilities for the grant award as well as the help of organizers Kimberly Walsh, Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau, Robert Knittle, ED of the WV Board of Medicine, Brian Foy, ED of the WVSMA, Karie Sharp, Conference Coordinator for the WVSMA, Diana Shepard ED of the WV Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Penny Fioravante, ED, WVOMA, and especially Dr.
Commissioner and State Health Officer Bureau for Public Health, WVDHHR
Director, Division of Trauma, Designation and Categorization Office of Emergency Medical Services Bureau for Public Health, WVDHHR
Support for the meeting was provided by the West Virginia State Medical Association, the West Virginia Medical Professionals Health Program (WVMPHP), American Society of Addiction Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine, the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association, and the WVDHHR
Bureau for Behavioral Health & Health Facilities.
Bureau for Public Health (BPH) had a presence both onsite and offsite.