2020 Ohio Polio Network (OPN) Conference




Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia, OH
Site of the 2020 Ohio Polio Network Conference




by Brenda Ferguson


We wish to invite all polio survivors, their family & friends to our semi-annual Post-Polio Conference held by the Ohio Polio Network. 


It may seem far away, but it’s really not…next year’s conference will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia, OH.  We have two excellent speakers who will provide us with outstanding information to help educate post-polio survivors.  They are:






Dr. Anthony A. Hayek, D.O. – is a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist in Akron, OH.  He attended and graduated from Ohio University  College of Osteo Medicine in 1993, having over 26 years of diverse experience, especially Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with physical disabilities.  His experience and expertise in polio/post-polio is vast.  He is affiliated with many hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehab Institute, Summa and St. Thomas Hospital.  Dr. Hayek also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups including Summit Rehabilitation Medicine, Inc.  Dr. Hayek’s focus will be on “Attaining the Best Life Possible with Post-Polio.”




Michael K. McGovern – is Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee.  He has served as the Chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee since 2014.  In this role, he is the volunteer leader of Rotary’s largest humanitarian project, the global eradication of polio.  Rotary is the spearheading partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and has donated over $2.0 billion to ending polio and has worked with other partners to reduce the number of polio endemic countries from 125 in 1988 to 2 today.  Mike joined Rotary in 1985 as a member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine in a multitude of positions and has spoken at Rotary events on the Polio Oversight Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Mr. McGovern’s focus will be on “Eradication of Polio & the Role of Rotary in the Process.”


Please make a note on your 2020 calendar. In the coming months, we will provide updates including information on registering for the conference.

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