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NVHR NEWSLETTER – September/October 2017
Hepatitis C - It's About More Than Liver Disease
NVHR is excited to announce the launch of our “Hepatitis C - It’s About More Than Liver Disease” project focused on the extrahepatic manifestations of hepatitis C. Sharleen Traynor has joined the NVHR team as a research assistant for the project. Sharleen is an epidemiologist with over 10 years of experience in infectious disease prevention and control. She is currently a PhD student studying Epidemiology at the University of Miami working on her dissertation on the impact of the opioid epidemic on rising hepatitis C infections.

Sharleen will work with NVHR’s program department to develop fact sheets and a webinar about how hepatitis C intersects with other disease states and how curing patients of their hepatitis C may help improve health conditions beyond liver function. This project will help community partners, advocates, and patients by distilling the complex medical literature regarding the impact of hepatitis C on other organs in the body. It also provides an opportunity for NVHR to broaden our coalition and engage new partners in this work.

Register Now - Four Important Webinars
HCV Treatment Access in U.S. Prisons: Legal and Policy Challenges
October 2, 2017, 3:00 pm Eastern
NVHR, the Treatment Action Group, and the Hepatitis Education Project will present an update on hepatitis C treatment access in the U.S. prison system. Join us for an update on current treatments, an overview of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's recommendations for hepatitis C elimination in the United States, and legal challenges to obtain treatment in prison. Participants will learn actions they can take to support vital health care for incarcerated individuals. Register now.

#just B - Real People Telling Stories About Hepatitis B
October 11, 2017, 3:00 pm Eastern
NVHR believes that people living with hepatitis B and C should be at the forefront of viral hepatitis education and advocacy. The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) has taken a leadership role in this by developing the #justB project, a powerful national storybank featuring people living with hepatitis B who put a human face on a serious disease. Join NVHR and HBF for a webinar to learn more about this project and to hear from three hepatitis B patients who bravely tell their stories to decrease stigma and discrimination and promote testing, immunization, and treatment. Learn how you can support and spread the word about this project and how you might incorporate some of the components into your own hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C programs. Register now.

More Than Tested, Cured Update
November 14, 2017, 2:00 pm Eastern
NVHR, along with Urban Survivor's Union, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition are hosting a webinar on November 14, 2017. The webinar will provide an update on the "More than Tested, Cured" project that addresses barriers to hepatitis C care faced by individuals who use drugs. The webinar will include findings from interviews with participants and healthcare providers and suggested messaging to improve access to hepatitis C care. There will be time for questions and discussion. Register now.

HCV Among Pregnant Women
December 13, 2017, 12:00 pm Eastern
On December 13, 2017, NVHR will host a webinar on HCV and young women. This webinar will provide information about increasing rates of HCV among pregnant women and women who may become pregnant and will include a discussion of whether expanded HCV screening among pregnant women is warranted. Register now.  

NVHR’s Letter to the President’s Commission on the Opioid Crisis
Last August, NVHR submitted a letter commenting on the Draft Interim Report of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. In our letter, we asked the Commission to address the hepatitis B and C epidemics as tragic public health consequences of the opioid crisis when compiling its Final Report. In addition to linking people with opioid use disorders to screening, vaccination, treatment, and care for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, NVHR’s recommendations include increased support for syringe service programs, treatment alternatives to incarceration, and protection of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. 

Anyone wishing to submit written comments for the Commission’s consideration may do so via email at commission@ondcp.eop.gov. No deadline for comments has been specified. The Commission plans to submit its Final Report to the President on November 1, 2017. 

NVHR and Partners Present Workshop at INHSU
NVHR hosted a workshop on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Sixth International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users on our More than Tested, Cured project. This project is a collaboration between NVHR, Urban Survivor's Union, the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition. This project aims to address three of the most significant challenges associated with diagnosing hepatitis C in individuals who use drugs and identifying best practices to assist those individuals in overcoming personal and systemic barriers to care. Click here to learn more about the workshop and to view the slides.

NVHR at USCA 2017
This September, NVHR’s public policy director Elizabeth Paukstis delivered presentations at two sessions during the U.S. Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC. The first presentation, “Hepatitis C and the Criminal Legal System,” was delivered during a panel discussion entitled "Addressing the Overrepresentation of PLWHIV/HCV in the Criminal Legal System" on September 8, 2017. The second presentation, “Hepatitis C Treatment for the Poor and Imprisoned,” was delivered during a panel entitled "The Promise of Viral Hepatitis Elimination in the United States," on September 10, 2017. NVHR was proud to participate in this exciting and important conference.

 

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