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Publications/Reports 

Winning the Future: A Road Map for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
The White House released this report with 18 Agencies' plans to meet the needs of the AAPI community while leveraging the dynamic community assets that work to meet those needs. It includes the Department of Health and Human Services' goal to prevent, treat and control Hepatitis B Viral (HBV) infections in AAPI communities (April 2011).
 
A Guide for Evaluation and Treatment of Hepatitis C in Adults Coinfected with HIV
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration has updated their quick reference guide for clinicians in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of HCV in the setting of HIV primary care (January 2011).
 
Adult Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination Toolkit
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has developed a toolkit that Local Health Departments and their partners can use to provide HBV vaccine to high-risk populations in local communities (December 2010).
 
HBV & HCV: America’s Hidden Epidemics
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a report that examines how new measures included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) combined with new scientific advancements could be used to spare millions of Americans from developing cirrhosis, liver cancer, or other life threatening complications as they age – which could also lead to billions of dollars in health care savings (September 2010).
 
NCHHSTP Strategic Plan
The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention's (NCHHSTP's) Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 articulates a vision and overarching goals and strategies to guide and enhance NCHHSTP's programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB) infections. (February 2010)
 
Public Health Impact of Antiviral Therapy for Hepatitis C in the United States
This article by researchers Michael L. Volk, Rachel Tocco, Sameer Saini, and Anna S.F. Lok, from the University of Michigan reported findings that despite dramatic improvements in antiviral therapy for hepatitis C, the uptake of antiviral therapy remains limited. Fewer than one-fifth of the nearly 4 million Americans infected with chronic hepatitis C have received the treatment. The authors conclude that lack of diagnosis is a barrier to treatment, and they urge that efforts be made to improve diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Hepatology. (December 2009)
 
 Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis May Lead to Boom in Serious Liver Disease
This article by Bridget M. Kuehn reports that more than 5 million people in the US are believed to be infected with hepatitis B or C virus, while noting that these infections often go undetected and untreated because patients and physicians may be unaware of who is at risk or may fail to pursue testing. JAMA. (November 2009)
 
Recommendations for Screening, Monitoring, and Referral of Children with Chronic Hepatitis B in North America: Report of a Workshop
CalHEP member, Hepatitis B Foundation, recently convened an expert panel of recognized pediatric liver specialists to address the lack of clear guidance for the care of affected children. The panel’s recommendations for pediatricians and other primary care practitioners stress the need for routine monitoring of children with chronic hepatitis B infections, and timely consultation with a pediatric liver specialist. The report was published online in Pediatrics. (October 5, 2009)
 
Understanding HCV: A Patient Pocket Guide
This comprehensive 60-page guide written by Alan Franciscus, executive director of the Hepatitis C Support Project and editor-in-chief of the HCV Advocate Website is designed to help people make informed choices about various aspects of living with hepatitis C. Starting with basic information on hepatitis C prevention, disease progression, and management, this resource goes further to  provide tools to help people advocate for the best possible medical care. (September 2009)
 
HIV-HCV Coinfected Individuals in Italy Are Likely to Also Have Occult HBV
Among HIV positive participants in the Italian ICONA cohort,15% had detectable hepatitis B virus, and this was almost three times more common among patients who were also infected with hepatitis C virus, according to a study published in the advance online edition of the journal Infection. (August 21, 2009)
 
Genes Tied to Gap in Treatment of Hepatitis C
Researchers at Duke University reported in mid-August that the variation in effectiveness of the standard treatment for hepatitis C is probably due more to genetics than to differing levels of compliance or access to health care. The 48-week course of the antiviral drugs interferon and ribavirin has been shown to be much more successful in Americans of European descent than in African-Americans. The New York Times (August 16, 2009)
 
Hepatitis C Infection: Treatment Options Equally Effective, Likelihood of Success Known Early On
Results of a long-awaited study of 3,070 American adults at Johns Hopkins and 118 other US medical centers show that treatment with either of the two standard antiviral drug therapies is safe and offers the best way for people infected with hepatitis C to prevent liver scarring, organ failure, and death. ScienceDaily (August 2009)
 
Focusing HIV Treatment Helps Control Concurrent Hepatitis B Infection
Prolonged use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat people infected with both HIV and hepatitis B helps to better control the hepatitis B infection and could delay or prevent liver complications, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. ScienceDaily (July 16, 2009)
 
CRB Briefly Stated: Hepatitis C Hospitalization Costs Trump Original Estimates, by Pamela Rasada RN, PHN, Senior Policy Analyst, California State Library. (June 2009)
 
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Continuing Education & Training

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Resources - The Hepatitis B Foundation has a list of organizations providing CME, mostly for hepatitis B.

The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming Our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C,  The Journal of Family Practice Supplement (April 2010 · Vol. 59, No. 04 Suppl: S3-S6). CME offered for physicians through CME University (Course #7130) through April 1, 2011.
 
MMWR Publications on Viral Hepatitis - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a page with links to selected Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles focusing on viral hepatitis.
 
National Hepatitis B & C Training Program and Treatment Update - The Scripps National Hepatitis B & C Training Program and Treatment Update is designed to contribute towards increasing the number of health care practitioners educated on the prevalence of chronic viral hepatitis, as well as those properly preventing, diagnosing, treating, and/or referring patients with chronic illness. Sessions are offered in various locations across the country.
 
Patient Assistance Program Webinar (hepatitis vaccines) - The California Department of Public Health has archived materials from a webinar they held on patient assistance programs for adult hepatitis vaccines.
  
Saving Face: What You Need to Know about Hepatitis B and Asian and Pacific Islander Communities - This online training from the Banyan Tree Project provides an overview of Hepatitis B among A&PIs and examines the connection between Hepatitis, HIV and other STIs. The training also covers ways to integrate hepatitis and HIV education and services and provides real-life examples.
 
Viral Hepatitis Serology Training  - Continuing Education Credits (CME & CNE) have been renewed for this online training from CDC.  This course is comprised of six animated tutorials and eight case studies. This training will help participants to understand the different serologic tests, serological diagnosis, the meanings of serologic markers and interpret serologic test results. 
 
Free Training Webinars for Frontline Workers - On demand webinars are available on:
•Living Well with Hepatitis C
•What Every Outreach Worker Should Know About Hepatitis C Treatment
•Chronic Hepatitis B in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Communities
•Viral Hepatitis and Persons Living with HIV
•The Power of Many Voices: Importance of Viral Hepatitis Coalitions
•Gay Men and Viral Hepatitis: What Front Line Providers Need to Know
 
Hepatitis Web Study - This site provides interactive, case-based modules related to the clinical care of persons with viral hepatitis, as well as counseling modules for health educators. This program is provided as a free education service from the Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and the University of Washington. Free CME is available for many different disciplines.
 
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Consumer Materials

Viral Hepatitis Materials in non-English Languages, Compiled by CalHEP - Check out this list of hepatitis B and C materials available in a number of non-English languages. Materials have been created by a number of different organizations.
 
A-B-C Fact Sheet for Health Professionals, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral Hepatitis
 
Better to Know C - Vertex Pharmaceuticals has developed a website that provides access to a broad range of hepatitis C information customized to an individual's unique needs. It provides information on hepatitis C prevention, testing, diagnosis and treatment.
 
Hepatitis ABCs (front page and back page) - Education for Healthy Choices has created this brochure on the basics of viral hepatitis. This version has space for organizations to include local contact information.
 
Hepatitis C Choices (book or DVD) - In a climate where even some health care providers lack an adequate knowledge base, chronic hepatitis C patients are often confused about their treatment/management options. Hepatitis C: Choices in Care offers those infected with hepatitis C evidence-based information on treatment and disease management options, so they can be good advocates for their own health.
 
Hep C Discussion PointThis tool designed by medical experts takes you through a series of questions about your hepatitis C experience. Once you’ve completed the questions, the program generates a customized list of topics you can print out and use as a guide in talking with your doctor.
 
Hepatitis C Educational Materials - The Hepatitis C Support Project publishes a variety of educational materials which you can download and use in your community. Examples include a Get Tested palm card, HCV Basics brochure and a posted on Staying Healthy with Hepatitis B.
 
Materials for Consumers on Hepatitis A, B and C - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made a number of patient education resources available.
 
Patient Form - Hepatitis B - San Francisco Hep B Free developed this form to help patients request hepatitis B screening or vaccination from their health care providers.
 
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Videos

CDC Expert Commentary: Screening Asian Patients for Chronic Hepatitis B
This 3 minute video from Dr. John Ward, the Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides information  about the CDC screening recommendations for chronic hepatitis B that were released in late 2008 (October 2010).
 
Hepatitis B Public Service Announcement
This public service announcement was created by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the Hepatitis B Foundation (September 2010).
 
KPBS: Behind the Story: Hepatitis C and Needle Exchange
On this edition of the television show "The Reporters," reporter Kenny Goldberg tells host Gloria Penner about his reporting on the rise in hepatitis C and the difficulty in implementing clean needle exchange programs at the local level. (July 6, 2009—9 minutes)
 
Hepatitis B Advocacy: Interview With Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
In this YouTube video, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) speaks with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations about her work advocating for increased awareness of hepatitis and her personal experience as a carrier of hepatitis B.

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