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Staten Island Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights

Tuesday August 16, 2016 (3 - 5 PM)
25 Victory Blvd. (3rd Floor) Staten Island, 10301
In attendance: See Below
Nirah Johnson ( & Daniel Calder (, NYC Health Dept  Introduction to the new Brighpoint Health location at 57 Bay Street
Future Hep C Care and Treatment Plans
Roberta Kelly  MSN, FNP-BC - Brightpoint Health (
  • Brighpoint Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing services in an integrated care model.
  • The Brighpoint Bay Street Health Center is located on 57 Bay Street, Staten Island
  • The Bay Street Health Center provides: primary care services, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dental care, adolescent medicine, and infectious disease (in development).
  • Provides hepatitis screening, and will soon have a medical doctor on-site, one day per week, who will provide Hep C treatment.
  • Brightpoint uses a harm reduction approach, will treat patients who are actively using drugs.
  • The Center does not turn away patients, and works on a sliding fee for those who do not have insurance.
  • To make an appointment, call 855-681-8700.
  • View presentation slides.

Updates on the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse (TYSA) Program at Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness
Jazmin Rivera, TYSA (
  • TYSA seeks to drive major improvements in youth substance abuse prevention and treatment in Staten Island by reducing use substance abuse rates.
  • Current projects include the Bathroom Signage Campaign, Naloxone Expansion, Prevention & Harm Reduction Education
  • TYSA partnered with the Hep C Task Force and was awarded a grant from the Birdsnest Foundation to develop a Hep C Prevention in Youth Video PSA. This video will display the progression from prescription drug use to addiction, intra-nasal and injection administration and heroin use, and the associated risk for acquiring Hep C.
  • For more information about these projects, view the presentation slides.

The NYC Hep C Peer Navigation Program at the Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)
Evelyn Parrinello (, Hep C Peer Navigation Program Supervisor  & Lawrence Jackson, Hep C Peer Navigator ( CHASI
  • The NYC Hep C Peer Navigation Program is an initiative that strives to prevent new Hep C infections and get Hep C patients into Hep C medical care and treatment to cure the infection.
  • NYC Council has funded the program since 2014 to employ peer navigators at Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA) syringe exchange programs, including CHASI.
  • CHASI provides hepatitis testing at numerous locations throughout Staten Island and on mobile health units – and provides linkage to care for hepatitis patients.
  • The CHASI peers provide Hep C focused health coaching, and navigation through Hep C testing, medical care, and other health services.
Hepatitis C Policy Advocacy Update
Carlos Rosario, VOCAL - NY ( Developing a resource card to increase Hepatitis screening among Injection Drug Users
Stephanie Weiner, NYC Health Dept (
  • Stephanie Weiner, an Intern at the NYC Health Department, created a resource card to increase Hepatitis screening among injection drug users in Staten Island, and to direct them to care.
  • With the help of local community organizations, the resource card will be distributed in appropriate neighborhoods and areas of Staten Island.
  • View the presentation and draft resource card.
  • If you have any feedback about the card, email Stephanie.

Hep Free NYC Committee Updates
Daniel Calder, NYC Health Dept (

Press Release | NYC Health Department Highlights New Preliminary Data on Hepatitis B and C in Recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month

NYC Health Dept Hep B & C Annual Report (2014). NYC Health Department's latest report containing key hepatitis B and C activities and surveillance data through 2014. View full report.

HepCure Webinar | Hep C Treatment for Substance Users

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

EpiQuery: NYC Health Dept online data portal.

Upcoming Events

Training | FREE Community Overdose Prevention Training @ NYC Health Dept. August 31 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM).

Start Planning for National African Immigrant & Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day. September 9.

Conference | 4th Annual Conference on African Immigrant Health. September 15-18. Queens, NY

Hep C Educational Support Group at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  September 14 (5:30 - 7:00 PM)

VOCAL - NY 2016 Annual Gala. September 21 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) 

Seminar | Hep C/HIV: Impact on the Hispanic Community. September 22 (6:00 - 8:00 PM)

Funding Opportunities 

Request for Proposal - Hep C Patient Navigation Program Funding – NYC Health Dept (Due 9/7/16)
The Fund for Public Health in New York City on behalf of the NYC Health Department is seeking proposals from Clinical Sites interested in implementing a Check Hep C Patient Navigation Program. 
In Attendance:
  1. Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Director, The Staten Island Foundation,
  2. Betsy Pecora, Pharmaceutical Rep, Gilead,
  3. Carlos Rosario, Hep C Organizer,  VOCAL-NY,
  4. Dale Smith, Minister, Central Family Life Center
  5. Daniel Calder, Outreach Coordinator, DOHMH,
  6. David Etakpofe, Pastor, NBLCA,
  7. Donna Demarest, Director, Community Health Action of Staten Island,
  8. Eric Eilenberg, CTR, Community Health Action of Staten Island,
  9. Eric Driver, Associate Manager of CTR/Outreach/Hep C, AIDS Service Center NYC,
  10. Evelyn Parrinello, Info & Referral Specialist,  Community Health Action of Staten Island, EVELYN.PARRINELLO@CHASINY.ORG
  11. Helen Vasquez, Coordinator of Administrative Services, Central Family Life Center,
  12. Jason Kondrk, HCV Community Specialist,  Gilead,
  13. Jazmin Rivera, TYSA, Project Coordinator, Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness,
  14. Lawrence Jackson, Hep C Peer Navigator, Community Health Action of Staten Island,
  15. Michelle Oberfeld, Marketing Manager, Nate's Pharmacy, 
  16. Neshama Marcus, Director of Social Services and Disaster Relief,  Jewish Community Center of Staten Island,
  17. Nirah Johnson, Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building, DOHMH,
  18. Roberta Kelly, Vice President of Practice Management, Brightpoint Health,
  19. Sarjita Naik, Medical Affairs, Gilead
  20. Sharon Jensen, Director, Prison and Counseling & Testing Services, Community Health Action of Staten Island,    
  21. Stephanie Weiner, NYC Health Department Intern, DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis,
  22. Stephen Bennett, Dir. Of Prevention Services, United Activities Unlimited,
  23. Thomas Chempiel, Account Executive, AcariaHealth,
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