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October 2016 Newsletter

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Press Release | Health Department Releases Report On Hepatitis Surveillance And Programs In New York City, Launches Ad Campaign To Promote New Health Care Services For People Living With Hep C.

New York State Health Department releases Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan, 2016-2020.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Recommends Coverage of Hep B Screening for Medicare Beneficiaries.

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision improves Hep C treatment policyNew York state prisons will no longer exclude prisoners from any Hep C treatment solely because of substance use or addiction.

Council, de Blasio administration to study Supervised Injection Facilities. POLITICO. NYC Council is expected to allocate $100,000 to the city's health department to study the feasibility and impact of establishing a supervised injection facility (SIF) in NYC. SIFs help to prevent overdose, viral hepatitis and HIV transmission.

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Hepatitis B and C in New York City, 2015: Annual Report

Read the report covering 2015 NYC hepatitis B and C surveillance data, and prevention, screening, care and treatment programs. Highlights include:
  • In 2015, over 15,000 people were newly reported with Hep B or C infection.
  • From 1999 to 2014, Hep C-related deaths increased 38 percent.
  • In 2015, NYC Health Department programs provided prevention, care and treatment services to over 3,000 people affected by Hep B or C.
Download the PDF or contact to order print copies.

NYC Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA)
2015 Evaluation Report

citywide survey of more than 1,000 syringe exchange participants found that:
  • 91% have been tested for Hep C, 38% of those tested reported being positive.
  • 20-38% of participants discussed Hep C treatment with a doctor.
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Upcoming Events

2016 Brooklyn Hepatology Symposium. November 19 (7:30 AM - 4:30 PM). New York Methodist Hospital.

Harm Reduction Coalition Trainings:
Harm Reduction Approach Overview. October 5 (11 AM - 1 PM).

Talking to Clients about Hep C Treatment. October 11 (1 - 3 PM). 

NYS Department of Health Trainings:
Hep C Screening and Linkage to Care. October 5 (9 AM - 5 PM). Can't make the training? Check out the NYC Health Department Hep C Screening and Linkage to Care Toolkit. Contact to order a copy.

Intro to HIV, STIs and Viral Hepatitis. October 12 (9 AM - 5 PM).

Understanding and Making Referrals for Substance Use Treatment in NYS. October 21 (10 AM - 1 PM).
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Hep Free NYC Feature: Meet BOOM!Health

Alexis Brenes, Check Hep C Patient Navigator at BOOM!Health, tells us about his work. BOOM!Health serves New Yorkers living with and at highest risk for illness, addiction, homelessness and poverty.
Describe a typical day at BOOM!Health's Check Hep C Program.
A typical day consists of client engagement. I believe in the open door policy here at BOOM!Health, so my door is always open. I strive to have a candid and open conversation with the clients concerning Hep C education and treatment options. My relationship with my clients is focused around Hep C; however, I incorporate education on their mental well-being. I try to encourage my clients to pay close attention to their other medical conditions and mental well-being, because this will improve their chances of a successful Hep C treatment outcome. 

What's your favorite Hep Free NYC moment?
My favorite moment was having a client, that was not adherent and was at the stage of cirrhosis for much of his tenure in the Check Hep C program, become undetectable. The team at BOOM!Health and Brightpoint Health clinic made this possible, due to the fact that we work diligently to support each other in advocating and getting the client to become adherent.

What do you think we need to achieve a Hep Free NYC?
Pictured: BOOM!Health Hep C advocacy in action
We need to make Hep C part of a comprehensive testing procedure, in every hospital in NYC.  The testing can incorporate an opt-out clause for those that do not want to be tested.  Furthermore, education is needed to subside any stigma or fear people may have; if clients know there is a cure “why not undergo testing for Hep C if it becomes part of routine care?”
Learn more about BOOM!Health in their Hep Free NYC partner profile.


Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and Viral Hepatitis in New York City. Clin Infect Dis, Sep 2016. From 2001–2012, 8,827 NYC residents were diagnosed with HCC; 38.4% had hepatitis C (HCV) infection, 17.9% had hepatitis B (HBV) infection, and 2.2% had both infections.

Infants at Risk of HCV Infection. JAMA, Sep 2016. From 2011 to 2014, the Hep C detection rate increased by 22% among girls and women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States.

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Job Board

Team HBV NYC Intern @ Korean Community Services
Harm Reduction Care Coordinator @ VOCAL-NY
Bilingual Hep B Linkage to Care Specialist @ NYC Health Dept
Hepatitis Manager @ NASTAD (DC)
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Hep C & Substance Using Populations (NIH - Rolling due dates)

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