CalHEP, NVHR Urge Congress to Pass Hepatitis Act
CalHEP staffers teamed up with representatives from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) on Sept. 8, to urge California representatives to support the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act, which is expected to be introduced in the House this October by Reps. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Charlie Dent ( R-PA). The Act calls for amending the Public Health Service Act to establish, promote, and support a comprehensive prevention, research, and medical management referral program for chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C virus infection. CalHEP visited Reps. Howard Berman (D-San Fernando), Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Santa Clara), as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). Click here to read a summary of the Act’s key provisions.
Experts Coordinate National Response to Hepatitis
CalHEP staff and consultants joined viral hepatitis experts from across the country on Sept. 10 and 11 at a national forum convened in Washington, DC, to develop a coordinated national response to chronic viral hepatitis through improved prevention, detection, and patient care. “The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming Our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B&C” brought representatives from the entire spectrum of constituencies involved in the prevention of infection and the care of patients with viral hepatitis in order to articulate the need for a coordinated national strategic plan for chronic hepatitis B & C. “The conference provided a unique opportunity for the advocacy, scientific, and patient care worlds to come together to develop an effective strategy for combating the viral hepatitis epidemics ,” said Michele Peterson, CalHEP project manager and associate director of community health programs for the Center for Health Improvement. CalHEP will make available an executive summary and other meeting materials to members when conference organizers release them in the next couple of weeks.
Patient Guide on HCV Available
The Hepatitis C Support Project recently released Understanding HCV: A
NPIN Website Offers Wealth of Info on Viral Hepatitis
Check out the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) website, which offers an overview of viral hepatitis; links to editions of the MMWR containing surveillance statistics, prevention information, and more; resources that include prevention programs, posters, brochures, fact sheets, and CME; NPIN databases to search for information on hepatitis service providers, news on viral hepatitis, funding opportunities, and other useful resources; and other materials on viral hepatitis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Click here to see what is available.
Know Someone Who’s Overcome a Barrier to Access?
We still want to honor someone who has overcome a barrier to access to health care in an upcoming issue of CalHEP’s newsletter. If you have a story you would like featured, please contact Vickie Regnart.
Volume 4, Issue 3
September 22, 2009
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
CalHEP Member Organization Presents at DC Conference
Stanford University’s Asian Liver Center stepped into the national spotlight earlier this month at the Washington, DC, conference: “The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming Our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B&C.” The Asian Liver Center’s founder and director, Samuel So, MD, FACS, discussed model programs, such as the Jade Ribbon Campaign, for routinely screening foreign-born Asians and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B infection. Dr. So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and Surgery at Stanford and a former CalHEP board member, Learn more about the Jade Ribbon Campaign.
The California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors’ (CAADAC) Annual conference, “Moving Beyond Tolerance: Creating a Multiculturally Competent Addiction Workforce,” will be held October 1-4, at the Rancho Cordova Marriott near Sacramento. For information, visit the website. CalHEP will have an exhibit at this event.
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