October 13, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Kathleen Benton, Director of Clinical and Palliative Care, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Savannah, Georgia

Dr. Kathleen Benton is heavily involved in the region through volunteer advisory board roles and professorships at Armstrong State University and the Mercer University Medical School. Dr. Benton has a master’s degree in medical ethics and a doctorate in public health. She has authored and reviewed many publications relevant to the topics of palliative care, ethics, hospice, and communication.


Why is Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) Important for Understanding Burden of Disease for Hepatitis

September 7, 2017 | Featuring Dr. William Thompson, Senior Scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia

"The problem with hepatitis C infections in the U.S. has several fronts: new patients from injection drug users caught up in the opioid crisis, a large population in prison that may not be getting tested and treated and a large number of Baby Boomers, many of whom don’t know they are infected, said a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early intervention and timely testing and treatment could be key to addressing the problem, Dr. William Thompson said." Read More


The Prescription OpioId and Heroin Epidemic: A Public Health Response 

July 5, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Aaron Johnson, Associate Professor and Interim Director of Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University

This presentation took an in-depth look at the epidemiology of the opioid epidemic both nationally and in Georgia, discussed some of the evidence-based practices available for opioid prevention and treatment, and outlined a comprehensive public health approach for addressing the current crisis.


Introduction to Big Health Data: SEER Cancer Data

April 26, 2017 | Featuring Dr. Wonsuk Yoo, Assistant Division Chief of the Data Coordinating Center, Institute of Public and Preventive Health, Augusta University

In this workshop, Augusta University professor Wonsuk Yoo provided a general overview of big data in health research and provided an introduction to Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data & software.