|NVHR Welcomes Bekeela Davila
NVHR welcomes Bekeela Davila, MPH, our new Program Coordinator. Bekeela brings extensive program and grant management experience, with recent positions at Emory University and the Arthritis Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors of dreaM Endlessly, assisting high school students with college preparation. To learn more about Bekeela, visit NVHR"s staff page.
Bekeela joins NVHR at a critical time with the launch of the More Than Tested, Cure project and the March 6, 2017 announcement of our expanded HCV Booster Mini-Grants. Please join us in welcoming Bekeela to the NVHR team.
New York Hepatitis C Elimination Summit
On February 7, 2017, NVHR Executive Director Ryan Clary presented at the New York Hepatitis C Elimination Summit in Albany, New York. Clary highlighted national advocacy efforts to advance elimination goals and stressed the importance of protecting the health care safety net and other services critical to communities impacted by hepatitis B and C. NVHR congratulates the summit organizers and participants on a productive and inspiring meeting. View the archived stream of the event here (registration required).
Liver Meeting 2016 Highlights
NVHR recently published a blog post on Hep, highlighting main themes and takeaways from The Liver Meeting 2016. The summary covers opportunities and challenges to eliminate hepatitis B globally, the encouraging scientific advances in hepatitis C treatment, the impact of sustained virologic response on liver cancer, and the need for risk reduction strategies to prevent hepatitis C reinfection. Read our blog here.
Community Call Reminder
Join NVHR, the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Urban Survivor's Union for a conference call on March 6, 2017, 4 pm Eastern, to discuss how to address barriers to hepatitis C care faced by individuals who use drugs. To join the call, dial 1-800-216-6327, access code 716341. Learn more about the call, including discussion questions, here.
Mother-to-Child Hepatitis B Transmission Call to Action
Several of NVHR's colleagues, including Steering Committee members Chari Cohen and Vivian Huang, recently published a powerful call to action on eliminating mother-to-child hepatitis B transmission in the United States. The authors accurately state that it is unacceptable to have 800 - 1,200 infants infected with hepatitis B at birth annually and highlight challenges and opportunities to change this course. Read the call to action here.