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February 2014 NYC Hep ABC Newsletter
NYC Department of Health | NYC Hep C Task Force | NYC Hep B Coalition
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Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Hep C Task Force Meeting. March 5th (2:45 - 5 PM). Planning for NY State Hep C & Harm Reduction Legislative Awareness Day (March 12, see below). Hep C Treatment 2014 > the road to cure. Register.

Viral Hepatitis 101 Training. February 11th. HIV Training & Technical Assistance Program (TTAP), NYC Department of Health. Facilitated by Nirah Johnson, Viral Hepatitis Program. Register.

Psychosocial Readiness & Preparation for Hep C Treatment (PREP-C) Training. February 13 (9 - 11:30). NYC DOHMH. Facilitated by Jeff Weiss, PhD, Mount Sinai. New shorter version of the PREP-C now available! Register.

Hep-SBIRT Pilot Training. February 14 (1 - 5 PM). Substance Abuse Brief Intervention & Referral for Treatment focusing on alcohol use in hepatitis patients. Facilitated by John Mcateer, LCSW. NYC DOHMH. For: medical providers, mental health providers, social workers, patient navigators & care coordinators. Register.

Webinar | Hepatitis C: Policy, Action, and What it Means for Communities of Color. February 13 (3 PM ET). Presenters: Colleen Flanigan, NYS DOH; Oscar Mairena, NASTAD & Tracie M. Gardner, Legal Action Center.

Improving Health Care of Drug Users Training (CASAC).  February 21st (1-4 pm). Harm Reduction Coalition Training Institute. 

Effective Leadership Training. March 7th.10th. Harm Reduction Coalition Training Institute.

NYS Hep C & Harm Reduction Legislative Advocacy Day. March 12th, Albany. Get Involved.

International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH) (CME). NYC. March 17-18.

Annual Harm Reduction Coalition Conference. October 23 - 26, 2014. Baltimore. Registration & Abstract Submission.
Team HBV NYC raised awareness at the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade!
Over 200 Team HBV NYC jade volunteers marched  to promote Hep B awareness & screening.
Like Team HBV NYC on Facebook!

State & National Networking

Call | National Hepatitis B Task Force.  3rd Wed of the month (3:30-4:30 PM EST). To join contact: Ryan Clary.

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

Call | Hep B United. Monthly calls every 2nd Thursday of the month (2-3 PM EST).

Call | NY State Medicaid Redesign Team Pharmacy Stakeholder Calls. 3rd Wednesday of the Month (9:15 -10:15 AM). Register.


NY Hep C ‘Baby Boomer’ Testing Law is in effect! 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. See new Frequently Asked Questions document from NYS Department of Health.

NYS Anti-Mail Order Pharmacy Law (A05502B): Prohibits health Insurance companies from requiring patients to use mail-order plans for prescriptions drugs (except negotiated union plans) and that patients have the choice of filling their prescriptions through mail-order or local pharmacies without added co-payments or fees (effective 12/12/2011). If the consumer does not have a clear option, a complaint can be filed through Attorney General's Health Care Consumer's Help Line 1-800-342-3736.

Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013, HR3723. Introduced December 12, 2013 in the US House of Representatives to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing. Get a bill status widget for your website!

NASTAD Policy Watch | Top 10 HIV and Hepatitis Policy Issues to Watch in 2014.For a complete list of viral hepatitis-related legislation, please click here.

Action Alerts

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

Request for Information: Evolution of Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Initiatives at CMS. By March 1st.



AASLD Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines

CDC Vital Signs
| Alcohol Screening and Counseling. An effective but underused health service.

Report | The state of HIV and hepatitis C care in NYS prisons, 2013. The Correctional Association of NY.

Journal Articles
Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in US Hispanic/Latino Adults: Results from the NHANES 2007–2010 and HCHS/SOL Studies. Journal of Infectious Disease, 2014. Highest prevalence found in Puerto Rican males (11.6 percent) and females (3.9 percent).

How to build trustworthy hepatitis C services in an opioid treatment clinic?: A qualitative study of clients and health workers in a co-located setting. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2014.

Transitions from injecting to non-injecting drug use: Potential protection against HCV infection. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. March, 2014.
Tell us how we are doing!
Evaluate our NYC coalitions:
Physicians! Please take  this brief survey and share with colleagues:
Liver disease screening in immigrant patients
Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO)
New social media presence on Facebook & Twitter!
New! PREP-C Lite
Psychosocial Readiness & Preparation for Hep C Treatment
Online  Interactive  Assessment Tool
Abbreviated version now available.
New CDC Hep B Global Prevalence Map!
Great tool for education & awareness materials.

Health Care Access

NYS Health Insurance Marketplace. Sign up now to get coverage on February 1st.

Healthcare reform & Hepatitis C: A convergence of risk and opportunity. Milliman Report. 

Primer on the Impact of Health Reform on Viral Hepatitis. NASTAD.

Hepatitis and the Affordable Care Act. NASTAD Presentation, Amy Killelea, Associate Director, Health Care Access. 

Zooming in on Health Reform: Understanding the Potential Impact of the ACA on Medicaid and the Uninsured at the
Local Level. Kaiser Family Foundation - interactive tool.


Discretionary Funding from City Council: Applications are now open for discretionary funding from the City Council for organizations and community groups. 

HHS announces Affordable Care Act mental health services funding. HHS plans to issue a $50 million funding opportunity announcement to help Community Health Centers expand services to people living with mental illness, and drug and alcohol problems.

North Star Fund Innovative Activism and Grassroots Action Grants: North Star Fund awards groups doing social change community organizing work in New York City around a range of social justice issues. February 13.

Job Board

Job | Community Education & Outreach Manager @ American Liver Foundation NY.

Job | Director of Programs @ American Liver Foundation, National Office NY.  

Job | Data Manager @ The AIDS Center at Montefiore Medical Center (HIV, STD, HCV). Send cover letter & resume to: Barry Zingman MD, Medical Director, AIDS Center, at

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

Internship | Office of Councilmember Mark Levine District 7

Vaccine Resources

Hep A & B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk at the NYC Department of Health Immunization Clinics.

Hep B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk at the NYC Department of Health STD Clinics.

Hep B Vaccine is available to uninsured people at risk free of charge at African Services Committee.
Hep C Support Group Manual. 2014!
HCV Advocate Handbook on how to start or maintain a support group.
Inspire is American Liver Foundation's Online patient support Community. You are not alone! Learn more
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