Public health crises often disproportionately impact rural America. Sally L. Hodder, M.D., professor of medicine at West Virginia University (WVU), works to alleviate these disparities, especially regarding the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the 2022 Stetten Lecture, Hodder will discuss how the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) established a statewide health research program and engaged rural communities in the research process. She will share insight on the program’s specific research agendas and results regarding innovative treatment of refractory substance use disorder using deep brain stimulation. She will also discuss results relating to the epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—and treatment of the disease.