HIV, TB, Viral Hepatitis

June 27, 2019

HIV, TB and Viral Hepatitis Training

Presenter: Keneisha M. Whittington-Pressley, MPH


Participants of this three-hour training will be provided information on viral hepatitis transmission, prevention, symptoms, testing, and available curative treatments. In addition, a thorough discussion will take place of ways in which substance use (both past and present) can facilitate disease transmission and disease progression (i.e. cirrhosis, liver cancer). Participants will learn how CDC testing and treatment guidelines can best be integrated into existing programs. The goals are to educate SUD staff on the fundamentals of hepatitis C and to empower them to implement viral hepatitis prevention and testing integration strategies into their existing programs.


1.                             Define basic prevention, transmission and treatment issues of viral hepatitis.

2.                             Describe ways that use of substances such as alcohol and opioids can contribute to disease acquisition and transmission.

3.                             Identify sound referral mechanisms into viral hepatitis specialty care.

Keneisha M. Whittington-Pressley, MPH is the Health Educator for the Viral Hepatitis Program at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). As a member of the Division of STD, HIV and Viral Hepatitis, Keneisha’s duties are designed to serve the target population. She currently facilitates the “Understanding Viral Hepatitis” and “Hepatitis C: Screening, Diagnosis, and Linkage to Care” courses for the agency. Keneisha is also response for data analysis, program planning, and program evaluation. Prior to becoming a Viral Hepatitis Health Educator, Keneisha worked as Disease Intervention Specialist with SC DHEC. In that position, she worked to provide access to testing, treatment, and education to individuals infected with STD and HIV, and to their partners who had been exposed to the infection. Keneisha received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with honors from Benedict College in 2014. She later earned a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Policy from George Washington University. Keneisha has also completed several research projects with topics such as physical activity among minorities, HIV prevention programs for men who have sex with men, and the impact of syringe exchange on infectious disease.

Credit:                   6 Hours

Audience:              Art Therapists, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Medical Professionals

Fee:                        Registration is $75.00
Employees of Region 1 301 Agencies (A/OBHS, BHSPC, CCCADA, The Forrester Center, HealthyU, Phoenix Center, Cornerstone, Westview, Saluda, Gateway, plus Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center and Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Mental Health) may attend monthly Region 1 trainings at no charge; however, registration is needed in advance and is on a first come/first served basis.

Where:                  Lottie Beal Gibson Center of Excellence

                                130 Industrial Drive, Greenville, SC 29607


Time:                      Registration 8:30
9:00AM to 4:30PM

                                Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00

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