Morning Workshops II

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*HPV Updates & Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccinations

Featuring Dr. William Atkinson

*This workshop is eligible for 1.5 Continuing Nursing Education credits.

Dr. William Atkinson is the associate director for immunization education for the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit vaccine advocacy organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine with postgraduate training in internal medicine, adult infectious diseases, and preventive medicine and received a master's degree in public health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He was a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 25 years where he participated in a variety of immunization-related activities including measles surveillance and outbreak control. Dr. Atkinson wrote, produced and presented for 125 national satellite broadcasts and webcasts on multiple vaccine-preventable disease topics. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service medal.



Panel: Advocacy & Access Surrounding PrEP


  • Travis Barnhart, Good Samaritan Project
  • Dr. Mark Sawkin, KC Care Clinic
  • Kelly Brunk, Universeity of KS Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate

Studies show that when high risk women or people of color learn about Pre Exposure Prophylaxis as an effective prevention regimen against HIV infection, they choose it. But, the treatment is predominantly marketed to white men who have sex with men. This panel discussion will explore ways to increase access to PrEP and some of the challenges providers must still overcome in order to ensure this highly effective preventive medicine reaches all communities.

Travis Barnhart holds a degree in social work from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and has worked in social services for 16 years. Most of his social work career has centered around human sexuality, including multiple positions working in HIV prevention and care; working with LGBTQ youth and their allies; and conducting sex education with youth and adults. He is the Director of Prevention Services at Good Samaritan Project, a local HIV service organization. He currently services as the Urban Co-Chair of the Missouri HIV, Hepatitis, and STD Comprehensive Prevention Planning Group and as the Chair of the Kansas City PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) Task Force.

Dr. Mark T. Sawkin earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency in Public Health at the Kansas City CARE Clinic through the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy. Credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV pharmacist, Dr. Sawkin practices as an ambulatory care pharmacist and treatment adherence specialist at the Kansas City CARE Clinic.  He provides medication therapy management for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as for the treatment of a variety of chronic disease states including HIV, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, asthma, COPD, GERD and hypothyroidism.


Panel: Providing Culturally Competent Health Care for LGBTQ Patients


  • Dr. Jill Jacobson, Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Emma Newberry-Davis, Take Root
  • Beth Sonneville, Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Dr. Jill Jacobson is the Director of Disorders of Sexual Development and GUIDE clinics at Children's Mercy Hospital. She is a Professor of Pediatrics/Endocrinology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

Emma Newberry-Davis will review terminology and gender-affirming therapies and procedures. She'll share her own experiences supporting her partner through his transition.