Webinar Recap - Hepatitis C: The State of Medicaid Access
Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and NVHR presented highlights from the Hepatitis C: The State of Medicaid Access report, including methodology, key findings, and recent updates to state Medicaid policy since the launch of the project. The report cards were discussed – how we determined grades, how states can change their grade, and how advocates can use them in their efforts. There was also time for questions and to hear how advocates have used (or plan to use) the materials. The slides and recording are available here.
#HepChat on Hepatitis Awareness Month Activities
NVHR participated in a #HepChat on June 14 co-hosted by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), Hepatitis B Foundation and CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis. The #HepChat allowed hepatitis B and C organizations to discuss activities, challenges, successes and lessons learned during #HepatitisAwarenessMonth. There were 1,716 tweets sent that day containing the #HepChat hashtag with 19 million potential impressions! The full chat can be viewed on Twitter by entering #HepChat in the search field and viewing the results from June 14. Click here for highlights from the #HepChat.
More than Tested, Empowered Webinar in August
NVHR, Urban Survivor's Union, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. The webinar will provide an update on the "More than Tested, Empowered" project that addresses barriers to hepatitis C care faced by individuals who use drugs. Register for the webinar here.
Announcing NVHR’s 2018 Mini-Grantees
NVHR’s Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini-Grants are intended to enhance the capacity of NVHR member organizations to conduct hepatitis C (HCV) education, testing, and linkage to care in their local communities and then disseminate those best practices nationally. This year’s $10K mini-grantees are: Department of Family Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center (New York, NY), Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (Eureka, CA), and Prevention Point Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA). Visit NVHR’s mini-grantee webpage for more information about the grantees and their projects.
Patient Summit Update
NVHR will be hosting a HCV patient summit in early 2019. The summit - NVHR’s first national patient gathering, will bring together 100 patients recently cured of or currently living with HCV who have not had experience engaging in other advocacy programs. To learn more, provide financial support, or be considered as an attendee for the summit, please contact NVHR at email@example.com. The Summit Planning Committee is comprised of 8 members who have lived experience of HCV and are engaged in patient advocacy. They are providing oversight and helping NVHR staff execute the summit. To learn more about the Planning Committee, visit the Patient Summit webpage.
NVHR’s New Steering Committee Members
NVHR is pleased to welcome two new members to our Steering Committee. Frank Hood is a Senior Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, focusing on hepatitis. Prior to The AIDS Institute, he worked as a Community Manager for the National Health Law Program and as a union, political, and community organizer for SEIU. He holds a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University and a B.S. in Political Science and Entrepreneurship from Ball State University. Alyssa Kitlas is a manager on the Hepatitis team at NASTAD where she supports health departments and their partners on a number of topics related to hepatitis. She is responsible for implementing CDC’s Networking, Capacity Building, and Training cooperative agreement, including NASTAD’s Hepatitis Testing Partnership and Learning Collaborative and coordination of hepatitis-screening related technical assistance requests. She is also an active member of CSTE's HCV subcommittee. Prior to NASTAD, Alyssa worked as a Program Analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), an Assistant Shift Manager on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, an HIV Test Counselor and Health Educator (and unofficial HCV navigator) in alcohol and drug treatment programs in San Diego, and has volunteered at a sexual health clinic and with a harm reduction organization. Alyssa received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.