NVHR NEWSLETTER – September, 2014
NVHR Strategic Planning

The NVHR Steering Committee and staff are meeting this week to develop our long-term strategic plan. With all of the tremendous opportunities in viral hepatitis, we feel this is the right time for us to create a set of strategic goals and objectives to guide our work over the next three to five years. We look forward to presenting this plan to our members and colleagues over the next few months.

Community Leaders Demand Access to Lifesaving HCV Treatment

On September 10, 2014, NVHR, along with several partners, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Mathews urging her to address the escalating crisis in hepatitis C treatment access. We also sent her a community sign-on letter with over 700 signatures demanding an end to harmful and discriminatory restrictions to treatment access and urging all stakeholders to work together on solutions.

Brookings Forum on HCV Treatment Coverage

On October 1, 2014, NVHR will participate in a forum organized by Brookings and hosted by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics  to discuss the serious coverage challenges that accompany breakthrough treatments, such as new hepatitis C drugs. You can register to attend the forum in person (Washington, DC) or via webcast, here.

NVHR Webinar Archive and Recording

On September 16, 2014, NVHR held a webinar featuring Dr. Cami Graham, Co-Director, Viral Hepatitis Center, Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on why and how to make the case for the importance and urgency of screening baby boomers (those born 1945-1965) for hepatitis C. We also shared information about NVHR's educational program and resources for implementing screening and linkage to care programs in your health care setting or community. You can download the slides and a recording of the webinar here.

Hepatitis B Provider Knowledge and Screening Practices Webinar
On September 30, 2014, 3 pm Eastern, Hep B United and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are hosting a webinar titled "Hepatitis B Provider Knowledge and Screening Practices." You can learn more about this webinar and how to register here.

New CDC Know Hepatitis B Campaign Materials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a second phase of Know Hepatitis B materials to promote testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This campaign expands the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate education and outreach materials. New resources include 30 and 60 second PSAs, posters, and flyer templates. You can find more information about this campaign, including links to new materials and resources, here.

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