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On Tuesday, May 8th, Dr. Jennifer R. Havens of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine presented on: “The HCV-Opioid Syndemic in Appalachia: Evidence from a Cohort of Rural Drug Users”
About Dr. Havens:
Dr. Jennifer Havens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She received her MPH and PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, specializing in infectious diseases epidemiology. While in Baltimore, her research focused on mental health and HIV among people who inject drugs; however, there is little HIV in Kentucky, so when she arrived at UK in 2004, Dr. Havens had to shift her research efforts. She and her colleagues began conducting small epidemiologic studies among drug users in Appalachian Kentucky. These data informed some of the earliest studies on the impending opioid/HCV syndemic and provided much needed pilot data for the large scale longitudinal studies she is currently conducting. To date, Dr. Havens has received three R01’s and an R03 from NIDA to study the intersection of rural opioid abuse and infectious diseases in rural populations.