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California Hepatitis C Advocates Convince State to Fund Innovative Demo Projects

January 20, 2016, San Francisco, CA – Project Inform, the managing member of the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), is grateful to the Governor, Legislature, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for allocating and disseminating funds for hepatitis C linkage to care demonstration projects. Project Inform and CalHEP successfully advocated for $6.6 million ($2.2 … Continue reading “California Hepatitis C Advocates Convince State to Fund Innovative Demo Projects”

January 20, 2016, San Francisco, CA – Project Inform, the managing member of the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), is grateful to the Governor, Legislature, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for allocating and disseminating funds for hepatitis C linkage to care demonstration projects.

Project Inform and CalHEP successfully advocated for $6.6 million ($2.2 million a year for three years) from the state General Fund for CDPH to issue competitive grants for demonstration projects aimed at hepatitis C prevention and linkage to care services.

“We are pleased that CDPH recently announced the organizations selected for funding,” stated Emalie Huriaux, Chair of CalHEP and Director of Federal & State Affairs for Project Inform. “Project Inform and CalHEP look forward to the results of the demonstration projects and helping to disseminate lessons learned to improve the response to hepatitis C in California and throughout the country.”

CDPH’s announcement is available online at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Documents/HCVRFAIntentAnnouncement.pdf

Applications were solicited to address three goals:

  • Goal 1, using surveillance to improve hepatitis C outcomes: Increase the proportion of clients with a reactive hepatitis C antibody test who receive follow-up hepatitis C viral load testing and appropriate clinical management.
  • Goal 2, hepatitis C testing and linkages to care: Increase local health jurisdiction and community-based organization capacity for and delivery of hepatitis C screening, testing, and linkages to care services to vulnerable and underserved clients at high risk for hepatitis C.
  • Goal 3, hepatitis C care coordination: Increase community health center, federally qualified health center, rural health clinic, and other primary care provider capacity for and delivery of hepatitis C clinical management and acceptance of hepatitis C care referrals.

Five organizations were selected for funding. Two of the five are CalHEP members, Access Support Network of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties (Goal 2) and Butte County Public Health Department (Goal 1). The other three organizations all work in close partnership with Project Inform and CalHEP. These include Family Health Centers of San Diego (Goals 2 & 3), San Francisco Department of Public Health (Goals 2 & 3), and St. John’s Well Child & Family Center – serving the Central and Southern Los Angeles area and Compton (Goal 3). Congratulations to the selected programs.
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Founded 30 years ago, Project Inform believes it is possible to create the first generation free of HIV and hepatitis C within the next decade. To achieve this dream, Project Inform focuses our work in four areas: drug development, bio-medical prevention, education, and health care access. Project Inform encourages the development of better treatments and cures for both HIV and hepatitis C; advocates for innovative, medically-based prevention strategies; provides up-to-date, lifesaving information to help people living with HIV and hepatitis C make the best choices regarding their treatment and care; and presses governments to set policies and assure unlimited access to affordable health care that will one day end the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics. For more information about Project Inform, visit www.projectinform.org.

Founded in 2006, the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), a program of Project Inform, is an alliance of more than 100 organizations dedicated to reducing the scope and consequences of the hepatitis B and C epidemics, which disproportionately affect California’s ethnic communities and the socioeconomically underserved. CalHEP includes among its membership public health organizations, community-based organizations, clinics and health care agencies, county hepatitis task forces, and others committed to viral hepatitis prevention, care, advocacy, and education. Committed to culturally competent public education and awareness, CalHEP’s work focuses on advocating for sound policies; promoting evidence-based education; and broadening access to services.

Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

In April 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016). Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, released in 2011, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & … Continue reading “Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis”

In April 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016).

Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, released in 2011, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released a 3-year update of the plan in April 2014.

The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan builds on the foundation of and momentum generated by the original action plan and seeks to harness:

  • New recommendations for health care providers regarding screening for hepatitis C;
  • Promising new developments in treatments for hepatitis C;
  • Mounting public awareness of and concern about hepatitis B and hepatitis C; and
  • The expansion of access to viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment offered by the Affordable Care Act.