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Crown Heights Hep B & C Task Force
Meeting
Highlights
April 17 (2:45 - 5 PM) 123 Linden Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11226
Special Focus on Hep B & C  in the Caribbean Community!
In Attendance: See Below
Highlights!

Address to the Community
NYC Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene declared himself a Task Force member, and made a commitment to help raise awareness about the need for increased Hep B & C Screening in the Caribbean born & Crown Heights community by:
  • Inviting Dr. Veronika Dubrovskaya or leaders in the medical community to upcoming Medical Provider meetings to present new data on Hep B, liver disease and liver cancer in the Caribbean Community.
  • Inviting Hep B & C Task Force Members to his Community Health Fairs to provide Hep B & C Testing. His next sponsored Health Events and  Fairs are:
    Flyer: Community Health Fair on Sat, April 27th at 655 Parkside Ave
    FlyerWomen’s Health Dinner Symposium on Sun, June 30th at St. Mark’s Methodist Church
  • Potentially arranging a Symposium on Hep B & C in the Caribbean Community in collaboration with the Task Force.
Please write a thank you note to Councilman Eugene for his participation in the meeting!

New Data on Hep B in the Caribbean Community in Crown Heights
Veronika Dubrovskaya, MD, Dept of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at SUNY Downstate & Kings County (HHC) Veronika.Dubrovskaya@downstate.edu
  • Alerted community that an alarming number of young Caribbean born patients with Hep B are presenting with serious liver disease and liver cancer at both SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital. Stressed the need for primary care providers to screen patients for Hep B to catch patients prior to developing serious liver disease. Women are often identified during pregnancy, however, there is no such regular screening opportunity for men.
  • View slides online
  • See details in Abstract: Natural History of Hepatitis B in Afro-Caribbean Patient Population (PDF)
Free Hep B & C Screening Program: African Services Committee is seeking organization working with the Caribbean & African community to collaborate with to provide Hep B & C Testing & Hep B Vaccination for events or on an ongoing basis.
Hari Shankar, Coordinator African Services Committee & Mount Sinai HONE Hep B & C Testing Project  - hari.shankar@mssm.edu.

Thrive: A Community Wellness Expo. Saturday June 8th (12-4). East 35th St between Church & Snyder.
Presented: Harriette Jordan - hjordan@cwha.org.
Contact: Amanda Nace, MPH, CPH, Program Coordinator, Caribbean Women's Health Association, Inc. - anace@cwha.org.
  • Free Hep B & C Screening, linkage to care and Hep B Vaccination will be provided! Refer you clients at Risk!
Caribbean country of birth and Hep B & C: NYC DOHMH Surveillance Data
Janette Yung, MPH, Public Health Epidemiologist, NYC Department of Health - jyung@health.nyc.gov
Hep C Faith Based Outreach Initiative
  • Training NYC Hep C Task Force Members to provide Hep C Education & Testing & Linkage to Care resources to Faith Based Organizations in NYC.
  • Next Event: Part of African Hep B & C Initiative Meeting. May 10th (3-5 PM) African Services Committee.
  • To get involved in the Faith Based Initiative, contact: Sabine Franklin (SFranklin@hccinc.org) 
Hep B in the Caribbean Community Work Group Formed at this meeting:
Upcoming Trainings
  • Psychosocial Readiness  Evaluation & Preparation for Hepatitis C Treatment (PREP-C) Training. Provided by Jeff Weiss, PhD. April 30th (9:00AM – 12:00). A theoretical & practical training utilizing & integrating interactive online tools into your practice. For Medical Providers, Patient Navigators & Care Managers. To register, click here.
  • Hep C Rapid Test Training. NYC Department of Health Training & Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). May 17th  (9 AM -1). Long Island City. To register contact: TTAP@health.nyc.gov.
  • Evidenced Based Alcohol Screening & intervention | All Hep B & C Patients should be screened for alcohol use and provided with alcohol reduction counseling. 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.
Join! Press Conference on the Steps of City Hall on May 14th at 11 AM to kick-off...
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