Monthly overview of Hepatitis A, B & C activities & resources in NYC.
December 2013 NYC Hepatitis ABC Newsletter
NYC Department of Health  | NYC Hep C Task Force | NYC Hep B Coalition
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Upcoming Events

Annual Hepatitis Health Care Access Training. December 10 (12:30 - 5 PM). Beth Israel, 10 Union Square East, 2nd Floor Auditorium. Organized by NYC Hep C Task Force, NYC Hep B Coalition, NYC Department of Health & Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Covering: The Affordable Care Act in NYC  & Hepatitis Special Issues, Health Insurance eligibility and enrollment instructions, covered services, pharmacy issues & health care access for the un-insurable. Register

Hep C Rapid Test Training. NYC Health Department HIV Training & Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). Dec 9 (9 AM - 1). To register click here.

Community Forum | Understanding Chronic Hep B in the context of Hep C. SMART & COPE. December 10 (1 -3 PM). 307 East 116th St. RSVP: Gloria Searson or call Sandee at (347) 806-8274.

NYS Hep C Testing Law: Stakeholder Meeting. NYS Department of Health. December 16 (10 AM - Noon). 90 Church Street. Convened as a strategic way to collect information, input and comments about the implementation of the new Hepatitis C Testing Law.  It is also an opportunity for providers to ask questions. Register: NYC Testing and Linkage to Care Alliance Meeting. December 19th (3-5 PM). Harm Reduction Coalition: 22West 27th Street 5th floor. To register contact Hadiyah Charles, Hep C Advocacy Manager.

Webinar | Hepatitis B & Reducing Perinatal Transmission: An Overview and Discussion of New Tools. Hep B United & White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. December 19th (2:30 - 4:00 PM). 

Policy Update

NYS Hepatitis C Testing Law. 2171 requires healthcare providers to offer hep C test to baby boomers. Requires full diagnostic testing for those who screen anti-body positive and either follow-up health care or referral to a health care provider who can provide follow-up health care. Takes effect January 1, 2014. 
Policy Paper on Medicaid Funding for Harm Reduction Services. Written by Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. More information: Matt Curtis, Policy Director, VOCAL-NY.

Blog post Viral Hepatitis Policy Meets Practice at the Liver Meeting, Ronald Valdiserri, MD, MPH, Health & Human Services (HHS). Progress Report: HHS Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.

World Hepatitis Alliance Strategic Plan 2014-2015.

Ending Viral Hepatitis: Policy Recommendations to End the Silent Epidemic. NASTAD. Provides recommendations for policymakers to better equip state and local health departments to provide the basic, core public health services to combat viral hepatitis; increase surveillance, testing and education efforts nationwide; and effectively reach the goals set by IOM, HHS & CDC.

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

Health Care Access, Insurance & Medications

ObamaCare Enrollment            #GetCovered Medication
  • New! Standard Prior Authorization Form for Medicaid & Medicaid Managed Care: &
  • Pharmacy Choice! NYS Law: A05502B Prohibits health insurers from requiring insureds purchase prescribed drugs from mail order pharmacy. For NYS Medicaid Managed Care Plans: If a member or provider acting on behalf of a member contacts the Managed Care Plan and requests to obtain mail order specialty medication(s) through a network retail pharmacy, and the network retail pharmacy agrees to a price that is comparable to the mail order specialty pharmacy price, the Managed Care Plan must allow the member to use the network retail pharmacy. Questions: Contact NYS DOH Medicaid Pharmacy Policy BML.

News Highlights


Medical Providers Training for Non-clinical Providers


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NYC Hepatitis Coalition Update

Meeting Highlights:
Nov 20 NYC Hep B Coalition
Sept 18 NYC Hep B Coalition
Students join the Team HBV NYC Initiative!
Meeting Highlights:
Oct 30 NYC Hep C Task Force

State & National Hepatitis Groups

National Hepatitis B Task Force. 3rd Wed of the month (3:30-4:30 PM EST).  Phone number (866) 713-6534  - Pass code: 3245350# 

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

Hep B United - Monthly calls every 2nd Thursday of the month (2-3 PM EST). Join: Allan Gamboa. Hep B United is a national coalition to address the public health challenge of hepatitis B. focused on support local community coalition efforts across the U.S. to increase hepatitis B awareness, screening, vaccination and linkage to care for all Americans, but in particular, for high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander populations who are disproportionately impacted.
NY State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Pharmacy Stakeholder Monthly Calls. 3rd Wednesday of the Month (9:15 -10:15 AM). Register:

Tools & Resources

Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation & Preparation for Hep C Treatment (PREP-C) is a free interactive online tool that guides service providers to assess and improve readiness to begin Hep C treatment.

Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Alcohol & Drug Use is an evidenced based intervention reimbursable under Medicaid, Medicare & Private Insurance. Training & Certification is available for free through the NYC Department of Health. See upcoming training.

HHCAdvantage is an easy-to-use web-based application designed to link community-based physicians and HHC (NYC Public Hospital) facilities. Expedites referral.

Hep C RNA Reflex Tests Now Available from Commercial Labs: Quest, Labcorp & BioReference. Streamlines diagnosis in one step.

Funding Board

Funding | Pilot Development & Use Of Viral Hepatitis Epidemiologic Profiles (Due Dec. 11). Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).
North Star Fund Innovative Activism Grants awards groups doing social change community organizing work with $5,000 or $10,000 to support their campaigns. Groups must have budgets of under $80,000 per year and can be working on a range of social justice issues. February 13, 2014.
Awesome Foundation Grants: Awards grants of $1,000 monthly to "awesome" projects.  If you or your community group has a great idea, apply for a grant.  Applications are due on the last day of every month. 
Pollination Project: The Pollination Project encourages applications from people who can envision and lead projects that have the potential to grow, blossom and truly change the world. Grants of $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Job Board

Internship | Field Interviewer: Research In Syringe Exchange Programs

Job | AOD Specialist/Harm Reduction Outreach Worker @ Harlem United

Job | Syringe Exchange & Outreach Specialist @ NYHRE

Job | HIV Prevention Specialist (Hep C) Planned Parenthood Project Street Beat

Data Analyst: Hepatitis, Enteric & Waterborne @ NYC Dept of Health Communicable Disease.

Paid Internship | PCSI (Viral Hep, HIV, STD & TB) College Aide, 2nd Year Graduate

Job | Executive Director National Viral Hepatitis Round Table. Submit resume and cover letter to Martha Saly,

RESEARCH DATA ASSISTANT @ NYU Hep C & Liver Cancer research study.

Deputy Director of Development for Major Gifts (Hep C Policy Focus) @Drug Policy Alliance. 

Coordinator of Development Communications & Research (Hep C Policy Focus) @ Drug Policy Alliance. 

Vice President, Healthcare Services @Harlem United.

HIV Test Counselor (& Hep C/STI) @ Harlem United. 

Correctional Health Counselor @ NYC Health Dept Rikers. Job ID# 131918.
NATAP: HIV, HBV and HCV clinical information dissemination & advocacy. For clinical news click here.

Patient Opportunities

Patient Support Group Listing: National & NYC
Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group
Helps to set up Hep C Support Groups Nationally
Inspire is American Liver Foundation's Online patient support Community. You are not alone! Learn more
November 19th was World Toilet Day! Globally, 2.5 billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet. Lack of proper sanitation increases risk of contracting and spreading hepatitis A and E. Improve global sanitation: support World Toilet Day
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