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Bronx Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights
March 4, 2015 (1:30 - 4pm) 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx
In Attendance: see below

Meeting Highlights

Welcome & Introductions
Carlos Rosario,  Coordinator of City Advocacy, BOOM!Health, Bronx Hep C Task Force Chair -
Nirah Johnson, NYC Health Department Viral Hepatitis -

Get Involved! NY State Hep C Advocacy

Matt Curtis, Policy Director, VOCAL-NY -
Click here for information on the newly formed New York State Hepatitis C Coalition, the sign up form, and details about their 5 current policy recommendations:
  1. Invest in scaling up prevention, care, and treatment infrastructure to end New York’s Hepatitis C epidemic by increasing funding to $20 million.
  2. Fully Legalize Syringe Possession and Reform the Expanded Syringe Access Program (S.2220 Rivera/ A.5471 Gottfried)
  3. Eliminate Medicaid coverage restrictions on new direct acting  anti HCV drugs.
  4. NYS should negotiate discounts with HCV drug manufacturers, and  seek to subsequently expand treatment coverage.
  5. Require the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Department of Health to establish HCV  prevention programs  in every state prison.  (A.4256 Gottfried  /  S.1017 Montgomery).


NY State Hep C Baby Boomer Testing Law & Implementation
Megan C. Haseltine, LMSW, NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute -
  • Click here for the slide presentation on the NY State Hep C Baby Boomer Testing Law, including key provisions, impetus, expectations and evaluation of the law. 
  • See the NYS DOH website on the NYS Testing Law here

Project INSPIRE: Hep C Care Coordination Program at Montefiore and Mount Sinai
Marie Bresnahan Project Director, NYC Health Department -
  • Click here for the slide presentation on Project INSPIRE NYC, including goals and major activities, INSPIRE's Hep C Care Coordination Protocol and Hep C Health Promotion Manual, eligibility, referral process, and participating Montefiore clinics in the Bronx.
  • Click here for more info on Inpire
       Refer to Inspire in the Bronx!
NYC Council Funded Hep C Patient Navigation and Hep C Peer Navigation in several program in NYC in FY2015

Check Hep C Programs - Bronx
Hep C Patient Navigation, providing linkage to care and clinical care coordination services
IDUHA Hep C Peer Navigator Programs - Bronx
Hep C Peer Navigation, providing outreach, health counseling, accompaniment to screening and diagnostic testing and linkage to care
2015 Bronx Hep C Task Force Planning
  • Current plan is to have 2 Hep C Task Force meetings per year in each borough. Discussed possibility of meeting more frequently.
  • Upcoming! Hep C Medications Coverage Training (Prior Authorization, Appeals, Fair Hearing and Patient Assistance Programs) - Stay tuned for date!
Save the date! 2015 Awareness Days
New! 2013 NYC Hep B & C Surveillance Report
NYC Health Dept, 2015.

NYC Health Department's latest report containing key findings from hepatitis B and C surveillance data through 2013. View full report .
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