Lexington will host two health conferences in November: one on immunization, one on health-care associated infections

Lexington will host two health conferences in November, one focusing on immunizations and the other on health-care transparency and patient advocacy.

The 2016 Kentucky Immunization Conference, titled “Educate, Immunize, Protect: Kentucky’s Immunization Trifecta,” will be held Nov. 2-4 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

This conference will feature nationally known speakers who will discuss all areas of immunization from infants to adolescents to adults.

A keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Ari Brown, a pediatrician, childcare advocate and author of the bestselling “411” parenting books. Brown also serves as a medical advisor for Parents magazine and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Another keynoter, Rayna DuBose, is a meningitis survivor who will share her story about overcoming adversity and talk about the importance of vaccination.

This conference is sponsored by the Kentucky Rural Health Association in collaboration with the Kentucky Immunization Program. The cost is $100 through Oct. 15, when it will increase to $150. Continuing education credits will be offered. Click here to register.

Health Watch USA Conference

The annual Health Watch USA Conference for Healthcare Transparency and Patient Advocacy will be held Nov. 4 at the Four Points Sheraton in Lexington. This year’s conference is titled, “Full Disclosure and Healthcare Associated Infections.”

This conference will focus on the impact and magnitude of adverse events in health care, the importance of creating cultures of safety, patient advocacy, medical device patient safety issues and healthcare associated infections.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Jim Bailey, a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis; Dr. Lars Aanning, a medical/surgical consultant; and Dr. Mark Davis, an operating-room safety consultant specializing in reducing injuries from sharps and exposure to blood.

The conference is paid for in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Click here or call 606-425-7278 to register. The cost to attend is $48. Continuing educations credits are offered.

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