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Queens Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights

November 30, 2016 (3 - 5 PM)
Queens Borough Hall 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens
In Attendance: See Below
Meeting Highlights


Nirah Johnson, LCSW ( & Daniel Calder, MPH, ( NYC Health Dept 

Hep Free NYC - Faith Based Initiative 
Daniel Leyva, Deputy to the President, Latino Commission on AIDS (

The Hep Free NYC Faith Based Initiative:
  • Connects faith based organizations (FBOs), and those with interest and experience in faith-based outreach, to raise awareness about hepatitis in faith communities. 
  • Views faith leaders as gatekeepers and stakeholders in the community, and allows for better access to diverse communities.
  • In February, will host an Interfaith Service on Hepatitis Awareness.
  • Will facilitate participation of faith leaders in the commemoration of World Hepatitis Day, Hepatitis Testing Day and National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day.
  • View presentation slides online.
Hep C Services at Brightpoint Health - Sutphin Health Center
Barbara C. Zeller MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Brightpoint Health (
  • Brighpoint Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing Hep C treatment in an integrated care mode including: primary care services, behavioral health integration, and infectious diseases specialists.
  • Brightpoint is a NYS DOH Hep C Comprehensive Care Program, with linkage to care support and the HepCap program for the uninsured.
  • The Sutphin Health Center is located at 105-04 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, Queens.
  • View presentation slides online.
Hep C Policy Update: Statewide Elimination Summit and Beyond
Eric Rude, Director of Viral Hepatitis Policy and Development, NYC Health Dept (
  • Purpose of the Hep C Elimination Summit is to develop and implement a statewide strategy to eliminate Hep C infection.
  • Objectives of the summit are: 1) convene a diverse stakeholder meeting of policymakers, Hep C specialists and medical providers, payers, and community advocates; 2) review gaps in Hep C policies and programs; 3) present the findings and recommendations from the five working groups and produce a consensus document proposing a strategy for Hep C elimination; 4) identify additional research, infrastructure and resources required to scale up Hep C testing, prevention, care, supportive services, treatment, and address social determinants.
  • The Summit is planned for February 7th, in Albany.
  • The Summit will have national speakers from NASTAD, CDC, Academy of Medicine, and HRSA.
  • Aiming to have as many community members as possible to attend.  If you would like to attend, email Clifton Garman at 
NYC Council Viral Hepatitis Initiative 2016 Final Reports

Check Hep C Patient Navigation Program
  • In 2016, NYC Council allocated $430,502 for Check Hep C to fund 1-2 full-time patient navigators at five program sites to provide linkage to care and clinical care coordination services.
  • From January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, Check Hep C served 722 patients living with Hep C. In that time, 358 started treatment and have likely been cured.
NYC Hep C Peer Navigation Program at Syringe Exchange Programs
  • In 2016, NYC Council allocated $337,504 for Check Hep C to fund peer navigators at 15 Injection Drug User Health Alliance (IDUAHA) syringe exchange programs to provide outreach to people at risk for Hep C, Hep C prevention services, and linkage to and retention in Hep C medical care.
  • From January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, 3,664 people living with or risk for Hep C were enrolled and received Hep C health coaching and prevention services. 472 Hep C patients were referred to medical care and 51 started Hep C treatment. 
Hep Free NYC Committee Updates
Daniel Calder, MPH NYC Health Dept
2015 EpiQuery Surveillance Data Now Available!
Use EpiQuery, an online interactive health data system, to find Hep B and Hep C prevalence estimates, rates over time, bar charts, neighborhood maps, and more. Click "Communicable Disease Surveillance Data" under “Surveillance Modules.”

HepCap: NYS DOH funded Hep C care for the uninsured.

Upcoming Events

Meeting | Citywide Hep C Task Force. December 12 (3 - 5 PM). Mount Sinai - Beth Israel: 10 Union Square East 2nd Floor Friedman Conference Center

Webinar | Talking About SBIRT for Adolescents: An Upstream Intervention to Address the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemic. December 14 (1:00 - 2:30 PM)
In Attendance
  1. Allen Chiang Community Health Worker American Cancer Society
  2. Amiyr Holland Linkage to Care Specialist Brightpoint Health
  3. Ann Winters Medical Epidemiologist DOHMH
  4. Barbara Zeller Chief Clinical Officer Brightpoint Health
  5. Bryan Baylis Hep C/HIV Sales Merck
  6. Courtney Dower Program Manager Bronx-Lebanon  Family Medicine
  7. Daniel Leyva Deputy to the President Latino Commission on AIDS
  8. Daniel Calder Outreach Coordinator DOHMH
  9. Eric Rude Director of Viral Hepatitis Policy and Development DOHMH
  10. Eric Driver Associate Manager of CTR/Outreach/Hep C AIDS Service Center NYC
  11. Frida Abramov Medical Affairs Gilead
  12. Helen Vays Director of Key Corporate Accounts City Drugs Specialty Pharmacy
  13. Jennifer Sanchez Project Manager Mount Sinai Hospital
  14. Levar Nero Account Manager Brighpoint Health
  15. Lismeiry Paulino Patient Navigator Mount Sinai Hospital
  16. Nirah Johnson Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building DOHMH
  17. Shaila Rao MPH, Dir Outreach DOHMH-TB
  18. Stacey Martinez Patient Navigator Mount Sinai Hospital
  19. Susan Tanenbaum, Queens Immigration Task Force Leader 
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