Highlighting NVHR's Program Department

As we kick off Hepatitis Awareness Month, I would like to highlight the growth and services of NVHR’s program, which provides hepatitis C education, training, coalition building, and capacity building.
 
NVHR’s programmatic activities began in October, 2013 when we hired our first program manager, Tina Broder. Under her leadership, we implemented a three-year Cooperative Agreement with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), providing technical assistance, capacity building, and education to our community partners, health care providers, health systems, and other stakeholders to increase the number of Baby Boomers who are tested for hepatitis C. With additional support, we augmented our program to partner with Dr. Cami Graham of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. This allowed us to work with health care providers and health systems to share best practices in the use of electronic health records to screen those born 1945-1965 for hepatitis C and, if positive, link them to care.
 
Over three years later, Broder, now Program Director, has developed our program into a nationally recognized venue for health care providers, public health representatives, community organizations, and advocates to share best practices in hepatitis C screening and linkage to care for Baby Boomers and others at risk, particularly people who inject drugs. Bekeela Davila has recently joined NVHR staff as our Program Coordinator, to support our expanded programmatic activities.
 
Our 2017 program priorities include:
 
More Than Tested, Cured – Overcoming Barriers to HCV Care
NVHR is partnering with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Urban Survivor's Union on an innovative project to address the most significant personal and systemic barriers to hepatitis C care faced by people who use drugs, including stigma. The project addresses barriers at three points along the hepatitis C cascade by educating patients, primary care providers, and specialty providers and will share findings, materials, and lessons learned throughout the year.
 
Education, Coalition Building, and Technical Assistance
Through identifying and sharing best practices, NVHR expands the capacity of community organizations, health care providers, and public health officials to provide hepatitis C screening and linkage to care services. NVHR provides resources to existing partners and cultivates relationships with new allied health care providers through development of materials, presentations at conferences, and webinars. Our partnership with Dr. Stacey Trooskin, Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs at Philadelphia FIGHT, enables us to reach a wider audience of physicians and other healthcare providers.
 
We have also expanded our topic-specific coalitions to include HCV Treaters (a working group of hepatitis C providers) along with the HCV Working Group (community organizations, health care providers, and public health officials sharing best practices in screening and linkage to care) and the Pharmacy Working Group (focuses on the role of clinical pharmacists and community pharmacies in expanding hepatitis B and C awareness, vaccination, screening, linkage to care, and treatment). 
 
Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini-Grants
NVHR’s Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini-Grants enhance the capacity of our members and partners to conduct education, testing, and linkage to care in their local communities. In 2017, NVHR has expanded our program by providing seven mini-grants in the amount of $10,000 each for one-year projects. Awardees will share successes, best practices, and lessons learned with each other and via our website and on a national webinar following the end of the grant period.
 
I encourage you to learn more about NVHR’s program by visiting our website.

Save the Date: June 15, 2017 More than Tested, Cured Project Webinar
Please join the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Urban Survivors Union for a webinar to provide an update on the "More than Tested, Cured" project to address barriers to hepatitis C care faced by individuals who use drugs. We will provide an update on our project, share some of the materials that have been developed so far, and then we invite you to provide feedback and join us in an open discussion.

Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3403256051562070785
 
For more information about NVHR’s program, please contact Tina Broder, Program Director.
 
Ryan Clary
Executive Director
 
 
 

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