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March 2014 NYC Hep ABC Newsletter
NYC Department of Health | NYC Hep C Task Force | NYC Hep B Coalition
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Upcoming Events

Join! Brooklyn Hep C Task Force Meeting. March 5th (2:45 - 5 PM). Diaspora Community Services: 182 4th Ave, Brooklyn. Topics:  NY State Hep C & Harm Reduction Legislative Awareness Day (March 12, see below). Hep C Treatment 2014 > The Road to Cure + Hep C Treatment in Drug Users. Prescription drug use > injection: Where is the opportunity for prevention intervention? Register.

NYS Hep C & Harm Reduction Legislative Advocacy Day. March 12th, Albany. Get Involved.

Conference | International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH) (CME). NYC. March 17-18. National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) and Hepatitis Foundation International. 

Training | Hepatitis C: Screening, Diagnosis, and Linkage to Care. NY State Department of Health. Dates: March 5, 14, 27 (9-5). Location: NDRI Training Institute: 71 West 23rd St, 4th floor, Manhattan.

NY Viral Hepatitis Summit. March 20 (8 - 3:30) Harlem Hospital Center.
 
Hepatitis Awareness Days 2014
May 15th: National Hispanic Hepatitis Day

Action Alerts

Open for Public Comment | U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations on Hep B Screening of non-pregnant Adolescents and Adults. See information and guidance on formulating a comment on the Hep B United website. Due March 10th.

Physicians Survey: Liver disease screening in immigrant patients

NPR is researching injuries to nurses on the job. 
Needle stick experience? Let NPR know! Click here

Provide your opinion on the Federal ban on syringe access funding. Drug Policy Alliance & Amfar Initiative. Syringe exchange IS Hep B & C prevention.

Policy

CMS proposes Medicare coverage of screening for HCV in high risk individuals, as well a one time screening for Baby-Boomers!

NY Hep C ‘Baby Boomer’ Testing Law is in effect! Guidance now available on the NYS Department of Health Website, click here

Letter to Governor Cuomo on Ending AIDS in New York State. Treatment Action Group. Includes: Article 7 language to legalize the possession of syringes.

Pharmacy Choice: NYS Law A05502B  prohibits health insurers from requiring insureds purchase prescribed drugs from mail order pharmacy. *If the consumer does not have a clear option, a complaint can be filed through Attorney General's Health Care Consumer's Help Line 1-800-342-3736.

Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013, HR3723. Introduced December 12, 2013 in the US House of Representatives to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing.
State & National Networking
Call | National Hepatitis B Task Force.  3rd Monday of the month (3:30-4:30 PM EST). To join contact: Ryan Clary.

Call | Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO). 4th Monday of the month (3-4 PM EST). Join: Chari Cohen.

Call | Hep B United. Monthly calls every 2nd Thursday of the month (2-3 PM EST).

Call | NY State Medicaid Redesign Team Pharmacy Stakeholder Calls. 3rd Wednesday of the Month (9:15 -10:15 AM). Register.

News

Publications

FACT Sheet | Young people who inject drugs are increasing in the United States. Center for Drug Use & HIV Research (CDUHR).

National Clinical Guideline Centre | Hepatitis B (chronic). Diagnosis and management of chronic hepatitis B in children, young people and adults.

AASLDHepatitis C Treatment Guidelines

World Hepatitis Alliance: Strategic Plan 2014-2015.

SAMHSA | National Behavioral Health Barometer
 provides data about key indicators including rates of serious mental illness, substance abuse, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorder. Get the New York State Behavioral Health Barometer

Journal Articles

Deaths among People with Hepatitis C in New York City, 2000 - 2011. Clinical Infectious Disease, 2014. HCV-infected adults were at increased risk of dying and of dying prematurely, particularly from conditions associated with HCV, such as HIV/AIDS or drug use. The short interval between HCV report and death suggests a need for earlier testing and improved treatment.

Mortality among Persons in Care with Hepatitis C Virus Infection--The Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study (CHeCS), 2006-2010. Journal of Clinical Infectious Disease, 2014. HCV infection is greatly under-documented on death certificates. The 16,622 persons with HCV listed in 2010 may represent only one-fifth of about 80,000 HCV-infected persons dying that year, at least two-thirds of whom (53,000 patients) would have pre-mortem indications of chronic liver disease.

Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003 to 2010. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014.

Education and counseling in the methadone treatment setting improves knowledge of viral hepatitis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2014. 

Staying Safe Intervention: Reducing Hep C Infections in Injection Drug Users.  

The Fragile Relationship Between Hepatitis C Virus and Its Human Host. Topics in Antiviral Medicine, 2014.

Cure of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Without Interferon Alfa: Scientific Basis and Current Clinical Evidence. Topics in Antiviral Medicine, 2014.

An Update on Hepatitis B, D, and E Viruses. Topics in Antiviral Medicine, 2014.

Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 
Join our Online Community!
Tell us how we are doing!
Evaluate our NYC coalitions:
My Experiences With Hep C - Andrew Styles.
I am the first patient at Mount Sinai Hospital’s IMA Primary Care Hepatitis C clinic to start the newest treatment to cure HCV (using sofosbuvir/ interferon/ ribavirin). My first injection was on January 15, 2014 and my treatment will end on April 9, 2014 (only 12 weeks!).

Health Care Access

Deadline to enroll in Obamacare is March 31st!
Co-Pay Assistance
New! The Patient Advocate Foundation  Co-Pay Relief (CPR) program provides $3,000 per year in co-pay assistance for insured US residents undergoing Hep C Treatment.  Patients, medical providers & pharmacies can apply.
New! PREP-C Lite
Psychosocial Readiness & Preparation for Hep C Treatment: Online assessment and guidance interactive tool. Now a shorter version for less complicated cases.
EpiQuery
NYC Interactive Health Data
Chronic Hep B & C surveillance data is available from 2000-2012 (2012 provisional data only) on EpiQuery, a  user-friendly web-based system.  EpiQuery provides surveillance data on the number of reported cases per year, rates over time, bar charts and neighborhood maps. Users can stratify results by sex, age group, borough, high-risk (DPHO) neighborhood and neighborhood poverty.

Funding

New! Grants Gateway: NY State Department of Health Online Grant Application System. Pre-Qualify Today!

Discretionary Funding from City Council: Applications are now open for discretionary funding from the City Council for organizations and community groups. (Due March 21st)

Funding | Hep B Screening & Linkage to Care mini-grants (Due March 10th).
NIH | Your Liver Delivers: Protect It From Harm.
Your liver works hard to protect your health. But alcohol, drugs, viruses, and excess weight can damage your liver. Learn how to help keep your liver healthy for a lifetime.

Job Board

Care Coordinator Supervisor @ SUNY Downstate

Internist @ Einstein Division of Substance Abuse

Director of Programs  @ American Liver Foundation, National Office NY. 

Senior Policy Associate (HIV – Hep) AIDS Institute DC.

Data Manager @ The AIDS Center at Montefiore Medical Center (HIV, STD, HCV). Send cover letter & resume to: Barry Zingman MD, Medical Director, AIDS Center (bzingman@montefiore.org).
Vaccine Resources
Hep A & B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk at the NYC Department of Health Immunization Clinics.

Hep B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk at the NYC Department of Health STD Clinics.

Hep B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk free of charge at African Services Committee.
New CDC Hep B Global Prevalence Map!
Great tool for education & awareness materials.
Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO)
New social media presence on Facebook & Twitter!
American Liver Foundation: 5 Ways to Love Your Liver!
You only have one liver, yet most people don't give much thought to their livers and the vital function it serves. The good news is that you can protect yourself. Here are 5 ways.
Inspire is American Liver Foundation's Online patient support Community. You are not alone! Learn more
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