Congenital Syphilis Update
for CA Jail Providers

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (PDT)
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to see dramatic statewide increases in congenital syphilis (CS), a severe yet preventable condition when syphilis is passed from mother to fetus. In California, many infants with CS are born to parents who were recently incarcerated, suggesting syphilis screening in adult correctional facilities may offer an important opportunity for CS prevention.

This webinar features Dr. Rosalyn Plotzker and Ms. Laura Kovaleski, co-authors of the CDPH Expanded Syphilis Screening Recommendations for the Prevention of Congenital Syphilis, who will provide a clinical overview of CS prevention and discuss the recommendation to screen women in correctional facilities for syphilis. Finally, Dr. Kristin Walsh, physician with Santa Clara County’s Adult Custody Health Services and HIV specialist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s PACE clinic, will present the county's experience implementing such screening practices.
Learning Objectives
  • Describe California's CS epidemiology and incorporate data into screening

  • Discuss the importance prenatal syphilis diagnosis, evaluation, and management

  • Explain and apply CDPH recommendation to screen women for syphilis in adult correctional facilities
Meet Our Experts
Laura Kovaleski, MPH
Laura Kovaleski is Acting Section Chief for Health Promotion and Healthcare Quality Improvement and has been with the STD control branch since 2011. She co-authored the Expanded Syphilis Screening Recommendations for the Prevention of Congenital Syphilis Guidelines for CA Medical Providers.
Rosalyn Plotzker, MD, MPH
Dr. Rosalyn Plotzker is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She completed a Fellowship in Sexually Transmitted Diseases with the CAPTC and the CA Department of Public Health where she now serves as a Public Health Medical Officer in the STD Control Branch.
Kristin Walsh, MD
Dr. Kristin Walsh is an Internist and HIV Specialist with Santa Clara County's Adult Custody Health Services where she has served since completing her HIV-Corrections Fellowship at the University of Southern California in 2015. She coordinates the STI screening program and the HIV and Hepatitis C treatment programs for Santa Clara County jail.

Elizabeth Olson, MPH
Clinical Program Manager
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