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Brooklyn Hep C Task Force
Meeting Highlights

November 4, 2015 (2:45 - 5 PM) SUNY Downstate Medical Center
In Attendance: See Below
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Meeting Highlights

Margarita Cabral, Brooklyn Hep C Task Force Chair - 
Nirah Johnson, LCSW, NYC Health Dept -

Hepatitis C Treatment in HIV-1 Coinfected Patients at STAR Health Center 
Elliot Dehaan, MD, Director of HCV Services, STAR Health Center -
Tracey Griffith, MPA, Hepatitis C Program Manager, SUNY Downstate, Special Treatment and Research Health Center -
  • See Slides Online
  • Location: STAR Health Center. University Hospital of Brooklyn, 470 Clarkson Avenue, Suite J
  • STAR Health Center has provided Hep C care since 2000.
  • Staff include: Downstate Medical Providers; Consulting Hepatologist; Case/Care Managers; Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; Nutritionist; Mental Health Counselors; Peers 
  • Onsite services include: Housing Assistance; Insurance Assistance; Adherence; Appointment Calendars; Pill Boxes/Keychain;Text Reminders; Appointment
Hepatitis C Care at Kings County Hospital
Marie  Abdullah, MD, Kings County Hospital -

Hepatitis C Care, Division of Gastroenterology, SUNY Downstate
Prameela Rao, MD -
  • See Slides Online
  • Location: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Suite C - 1st floor, Brooklyn NY
  • Staff include: GI Fellow; Hepatology Fellow; Nurse Coordinator 
  • Clinical care and treatment for mono-infected hepatitis C; hepatitis B; cirrhosis; non-viral causes of liver disease, including pregnant women with liver test abnormalities. Evaluation for referral to a liver transplant and evaluation of ESRD patients with HCV.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Hepatitis C Program         
Angel Cotto, Linkage to Care, Wyckoff Health Medical Center -
Anca Giurgiulescu, Director Prevention,  Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Hepatitis C Program,
  • Location: 1610 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11237
  • Offers community-based primary and specialty care for the holistic management of HIV and other chronic disease, including Hepatitis C.
  • For more information, contact Zachariah Hennessey at or 718-907-4952
NYC Health Department Surveillance Study: Barriers to Hep C Treatment Among NYC Residents
Andrea King, MPH, NYC Health Department, Viral Hepatitis Surveillance -
  • See Slides Online
  • Goals of the study were to ask both patients and providers about the reasons patients are not receiving treatment for their hep C, and to use these findings to remove barriers and increase the number of New Yorkers who are treated and cured.
  • Barriers to treatment included: provider does not treat; unsuccessful referral to treatment; concern over treatment side effects; lack of symptoms; concerns over cost; and disease not advanced enough (see slide for full list of barriers and percent of patients reporting the barriers).
Hep C Advocacy Update 
Carlos Rosario, Hepatitis Community Organizer, VOCAL-NY -
  • Carlos Rosario has just been hired at VOCAL-NY as the Hepatitis Community Organizer, focusing on building a movement of people directly affected by hepatitis C to work towards the end of the epidemic.
  • If you would like Carlos to visit your organization and do a #HepTalk about hepatitis C, you can contact him at


Hep Free NYC LGBTQ Initiative
Daniel Calder, MPH, NYC Health Dept -
his new initiative will be a sub-group of the NYC Hep B Coalition & Hep C Task Force.  The initiative will unite the LGBTQ community in advancing viral hepatitis awareness, screening, and access to care through education, outreach, advocacy, and innovative projects.Visit the Hep Free NYC LGBTQ Initiative webpage for more information and announcements. Help develop the program by providing your recommendations in our online survey.  Complete the survey here

Hep Free NYC Patient Navigator Network
Paul Bolter, American Liver Foundation -
This network serves to connect professionals who navigate patients with Hep B or C through the health care system, to strengthen referral relationships and support open exchange of information, resources and opportunities. 
The Hep C Clinical Exchange Network aims to increase the capacity of NYC Hospitals to identify and manage hepatitis C.
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In Attendance 

  1. Alan Dorvil, Turning Point,
  2. Alithia Alleyne, Community Practrice Admin, SUNY Downstate,
  3. Anca Giurgiulescu, Director Prevention,  Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Hepatitis C Program,
  4. Andrea King, City Research Scientist, DOHMH,
  5. Angel  Cotto, Linkage to Care Navigator, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Hepatitis C Program,
  6. Angela Bruce, PEOS, Brooklyn Family Psychological Services,
  7. Betty Kolod, Medical Student Leader, SUNY Downstate,
  8. Carlos Rosario,Community Organizer, VOCAL-NY -
  9. Daniel  Calder, Outreach Coordinator, NYC DOHMH,
  10. Danielle Barnes, Project Coordinator, HIV/Hepatitis C,  Institute for Advanced Medicine,
  11. David  Cushman, Gilead,
  12. Donna Dawkins
  13. Edwin DeLoatch, Senior Client Manager, Turning Point,
  14. Elliot Dehaan, Director of HCV Services, Suny Downstate - STAR Program,
  15. Georgene Servio, Suny Downstate - STAR
  16. Greg Romenski, Patient Advocate, Russian Community Outreach,
  17. Harold Smith, Pharmacy Rep, Ascan Pharmacy,
  18. Jack DeHovitz, Medical Director, SUNY Downstate,
  19. James Spellman, Senior Medical Scientist,
  20. Jeff Sorensen, Sales Manager,
  21. Jessica  Bonilla, Sales Rep, Kings Pharmacy,
  22. Jessica  Yagner, STAR Program,
  23. Jessie Schwartz, Clinical Coordinator, DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis,
  24. Joseph Paul, Medical Director, Pierre Toussaint Family Health CenterKingsbrook Jewish Hospital
  25. Julia Phillips, Public Health Educator/CBO Liaison, DOHMH STD Control,
  26. Kevin Tate, C.I.B,
  27. Keyiana Puryear, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Bridging Access to Care,
  28. Kyle Wanger, Hep C Clinical educator, Gilead,
  29. Maha Attieh, Health Program Manager, The Arab-American Family Support, Center
  30. Margarita Cabral, NYC Housing Authority,
  31. Marie  Abdullah, MD, Director, Kings County Hospital,
  32. Marta Giammarino, Sales Rep, Kings Pharmacy,
  33. Megan Haseltine, Health Program Administrator, NYS DOH,
  34. Melissa Goldberg, Executive Customer Representative Virology, Merck,
  35. Nehemias Dias, Focus Group, Interfaith Medical Center,
  36. Nesta Williams, Executive Specialty Representative, Merck,
  37. Nirah Johnson, Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building, DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis,
  38. Penina  Fausten,  Program Coordinator, NBLCA,
  39. Prameela  Rao, Hepatologist, SUNY Downstate,
  40. Rick Anthony Richards, Program Coordinator, NBLCA,
  41. Sergey Vishnev, Regional Sales Specialist, Quality Specialty Pharmacy,
  42. Tracey Griffith, Hep C Coordinator, Suny Downstate - STAR Program,
  43. Wai Chan, Sales, AbbVie,
  44. Xiomara Wallace, Community Relations Representative, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Healthplus,
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