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Highmark Foundation to offer educational seminar on HPV

Nov. 27, 2017 | Parkersburg, W.Va.

Parkersburg, W.Va. (Nov. 27, 2017) — The Highmark Foundation is offering a valuable opportunity to learn more about the human papillomavirus (HPV). An educational seminar titled, Altering the Course: Practical Solutions and Promising Outcomes for HPV, will be held on Dec. 4, 2017 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free lunch and learn event, which is open to the public, will provide information about HPV, prevention efforts and treatment options.

Dr. Pamela J. Murray, Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Professor & Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine, West Virginia University School of Medicine, will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Murray will address eliminating myths about HPV, reducing barriers to immunization and decreasing risk of developing the disease.

"HPV is a growing public health concern. Not only is it the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, but it is also the cause of almost all cervical cancers in women and has been linked to the rise of oral cancers in young people," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "Increased awareness and education are critical to preventing HPV and HPV-related cancers."

The seminar is open to those who want to learn the facts about HPV, including business and health care professionals, school nurses, teachers, parents and the community. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Seating is limited.

Registration is required. RSVP by email: or phone: 866-594-1730.

About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation's mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark Inc. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit


Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Health