Meeting notes from the June 4th, 2014 Harlem Hep C Task Force Meeting: 

Harlem Hep C Task Force Meeting

June 4 (2:45 - 5 PM)  Touro College of Pharmacy: 230 W 124th St, Harlem 
In attendance: see below.
Meeting Highlights

Welcome from Touro College of Pharmacy: Public Health Focus
Dipan Ray, PhD, Rph Director of Practice Experience - 
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Address from NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control - Jay Varma, MD
The NYC Department of Health is committed to improving care for hepatitis C along the entire continuum, from prevention to screening to treatment, and has laid out specific objectives in its 2013 NYC DOHMH Hep C Strategic Plan. In order to fully implement this plan, there is a need for community level advocacy, enhanced awareness and especially increased political commitment.

Slides for the following presentations are available here.
An Electronic Health Record Alert for Hepatitis C Screening of Baby Boomers in Primary Care:  A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
Natalie Kil, MPH, Mount Sinai Hep C Primary Care Program -

Harlem United Medical Mobile Unit: Current Hepatitis Services & Potential
Emma Roberts, Program Director, Mobile Health Program -

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Perminder Khosa, MPH - 

Hep C in Youth Surveillance Findings: NYC
Kate Prussing, CSTE Fellow, DOHMH -
- View slides here and supplemental info on Hep C in Youth on our coalition website.

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA) Hep C Initiatives – Melissa Baker 
  • New national NBLCA Hep C Awareness Campaign 
Get Involved! African American Hep C Action Day: July 25th

In preparation for the Second Annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day, NBLCA is asking your organization to support the day by agreeing to the following: sign-on as a supporter and host activities in your City on or leading up to July 25, 2014.

  • One-day Summits – targeting healthcare practitioners, nurses, physicians, pharmacist, public health professionals, social workers and counselors
  • Public Policy Town Hall meetings – to inform community stakeholders and policy makers of the impact of Hepatitis C within the African-American Community
  • HCV Health Literacy - workshops and trainings to educate the community on the impact of Hepatitis C
  • Outreach & Testing events- to as many African-Americans tested for Hep C and if positive linked to care and treatment
  • July 25, 2014 – Second Annual African American Hepatitis-C Awareness Action Day
See the Action Day Toolkit!
For more info, contact: Melissa Baker at or 212.614.0023 ext. 109 
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New Program Tools & Resources

Hep C Community Events Calendar
Medicare will cover Hep C Screening. View CMS Decision Memo

Upcoming Events
Bronx Hep C Task Force. July 16 (2:45 -5). Lincoln Medical Center. Register.
African American Hep C Action Day. July 25th. To get involved, click here 
World Hepatitis Day. July 28th. A Global Initiative organized by World Hepatitis Alliance. To get involved, click here
Hep SBIRT Training
Substance Abuse Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT): Focus on Alcohol Assessment & Intervention for Hepatitis Patients
June 25 (1-5 PM) SBIRT Certification Training for Clinical Providers: MD/DO; NP/PA; LMSW/LCSW;  Psychologist; & CASAC.
Learn more & register
PREP-C Psychosocial Readiness & Preparation for Hep C Treatment:
Online assessment and guidance interactive tool. Now a shorter version for less complicated cases.
NATAP Forum | HEPATITIS C: MANAGEMENT, TREATMENT STRATEGIES & NEW DRUGS FOR A CURE. NATAP. SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2014 (8:30am 2:00pm). Location: Weill Cornell:1300 York Ave. To register: (888)-266-2827 or

Training | Active Drug Users and HIV/HCV Retention in Care and Treatment Adherence. June 26. NYS DOH.  

New! Hepatitis C University: 6-week treatment education workshop series for health educators.
The Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (COPE)
All graduates receive a certificate upon completion. To register contact (212) 426-3895.
Time: FRIDAYS 1:30pm-4pm starting Jun 6 and ending Jul 18.
Location: 307 East 116th Street, Harlem.
Workshop series
  • JUNE 20. DIAGNOSTICS, Geraldine Joseph, PA: St. Luke’s Medical Group
  • JUNE 27. EXTRA HEPATIC MANIFESTATIONS OF HCV, Damaris Carriero NP: NY Presbyterian Hospital
  • JULY 11. DISPARITIES IN HEALTH CARE & HCV, Charles Howell, MD: Howard Univ. Medical Center
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