The NYC Hep C Task Force is an action based coalition committed to identifying and improving access to quality Hep C services in NYC.
January 30th 2013
Harlem Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights
(2:30 - 5 PM) Harlem Hospital: 506 Lenox Ave. Harlem, 10037
In Attendance: See Below


Epidemiological Trends of Hepatitis C and Related Co-infections in NYC, 2000-2010.
Jessie Pinchoff, PCSI Epi Scholar, NYC Health Department

Hepatitis C Treatment Expansion Initiative at Harlem Hospital (HHC).
National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day: May 15th 2013
Bethsy Morales Latino Commission on AIDS -
  • Will hold press conference on the Steps of City Hall
  • Will provide a campaign toolkit
  • Next Planning call: February 13 (2 PM EST): 1-866-906-7446, code 5948161
Policy & Advocacy
Hadiyah Charles, Hep C Advocacy Manager Harm Reduction Coalition -
Task Force Initiative Updates

Hepatitis Health Care Access, Insurance & Medications Workgroup
  • A work group focused on identification of and overcoming obstacles to health care access, insurance coverage and medication coverage in the Hep B & C community.
  • 2013 Training will focus on: Health Insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act & the increasing health care access for the Uninsured.
  • Meets bi-monthly.
  • To join, contact: Nirah Johnson – or Frank Winter, CMS
Hepatitis Patient Navigator Network.
  • Goal: To Provide support and facilite connection and collaboration amongst Patient Navigators/Care Managers city-wide.
  • Will send monthly emails and meet periodically.
  • To join, contact:  Adrian Lopez, HCV Patient Navigator, Mount Sinai Primary Care Hep C Program -
Hep C Faith Based Outreach Initiative
  • Providing training to Hep C Task Force members who are interested in getting involved in Hep C outreach and education at Faith Based Organizations.
  • 1st Training will take place on Friday March 8th from (2-5 PM) at the NYC Dept of Health in Long Island City. To register, contact:
  • To join the initiative, contact: William Cuadrado, Steinway Family Services -
Hep B & C Personal Stories Workshop
  • Your story is powerful and can change the world.
  • Come together with others living with Hep B or C to work on sharing your story to educate others, generate awareness & get involved in Advocacy.
  • To join contact: Nirah Johnson –

Resources brought up during meeting

  • Spiritually focused support groups: Friends in Deed
  • National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) Hep C Initiative
  • Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) for Alcohol & Substance Abuse is a billable service under Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial Insurance. NYC Department of Health will provide free training & work flow and/or Electronic Health Record integration & implementation support at your program. Contact: John R. McAteer, LCSW-R, SBIRT Health Care Systems Coordinator.
  • Hep-Cap: Hep C Care & Treatment for the Uninsured. NY State Department of Health funded Hep C comprehensive care & treatment program for uninsured or under-insured Hep C mono-infected patients. Eligible patients qualify for care and treatment at no cost. For more information, contact: Jocelyn Camacho, Project Coordinator – Mount Sinai Primary Care HCV Program –

2013 Harlem Hep C Task Force Planning
  • Meeting Frequency: 3 - 4 times per year
  • Priorities for the year: Initiatives above. Group also suggested:
    - Addressing Alcohol & Hep C (See SBIRT alcohol intervention)
Next Meeting: Wednesday April 10th (2:30 -5 PM) Location TBD
In Attendance:
¡Action Alerts!
Upcoming Events

  • New York State Hepatitis C Legislative Awareness Day. March 13, Albany. Transportation will be provided. Join.
  • Staten Island Hep B & C Task Force Meeting. March 5th (9:30 - 11:30 AM). CHASI: 25 Victory Blvd. RSVP.
  • NYC Hepatitis B Coalition Meeting. March 6th (2:30 - 5 PM). American Cancer Society: 132 West 32nd Street. RSVP.
  • Bronx Hep C Task Force Meeting. March 27th (2:30 - 5 PM). Lincoln Medical Center - 1st floor conference center. RSVP.
  • Ongoing: NYC Hep B & C Patient Support Groups
  • Latest Breaking Upcoming Events on our Community Calendar
Free Hep C Rapid Testing, Confirmatory PCR Testing, Patient Navigation & Support for Medical Care.
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