NVHR NEWSLETTER – August, 2014
NVHR’s New Public Policy Manager

NVHR welcomes Christine Rodriguez, our new Public Policy Manager. Based in Washington, DC, Christine will be our lead advocate on viral hepatitis legislation and appropriations. Christine will also expand NVHR’s advocacy priorities to include harm reduction, health disparities, and other issues that impact hepatitis B and C. Learn more about Christine here.

NVHR Fact Sheet: Why Screen for HCV in Uncertain Treatment Climate

In response to reluctance among some providers to test their patients for hepatitis C due to the current treatment access challenges, NVHR has released a new fact sheet entitled HCV: Why Screen in an Uncertain Treatment Climate. This fact sheet outlines the many benefits of hepatitis C screening and why people deserve to know if they have a potentially fatal disease. You can download this fact sheet here.

Please continue to check our program resources page for additional materials and information.
Last Push for Viral Hepatitis Testing Act Co-Sponsors
There are only a few weeks of work left for Congress this year. Please call your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act. You can find resources and information about this bill here, including new NVHR fact sheets on the House and Senate versions and Action Alerts to help you craft your message.

World Hepatitis Day Op-Ed
NVHR had an op-ed published in the Huffington Post on July 28, 2014 (World Hepatitis Day). The piece highlights the hepatitis C epidemic, particularly among Baby Boomers, and how we can use available tools to eradicate it. You can read the op-ed here.

Hep B United Releases Action Plan Recommendations
Our colleagues at Hep B United have released an analysis of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, along with recommendations for furthering the Plan’s goals. You can view this report here.
NVHR Program Partner Spotlight

Hep Free Hawai`i (HFH) is a grassroots campaign started by hepatitis advocates in Hawai`i to bring attention to the epidemic of chronic hepatitis B and C and liver disease in our islands. Through increasing awareness, HFH hopes to encourage everyone in Hawai`i to learn their hepatitis status, and for those living with hepatitis or other liver disease to access the care they need to live healthy lives. HFH has created two great handouts to support patients and providers to expand screening efforts for viral hepatitis. Both handouts are featured on our program resources page.

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