Brooklyn Hepatitis C Task Force Meeting Highlights
Wednesday February 15th (3-5 PM) Brooklyn Public Library, Pacific Branch: 25 Fourth Ave

The NYC Hepatitis C Task Force is a city-wide network of service providers and advocates concerned with hepatitis C and related issues. The groups come together to learn, share information and resources, network, and identify hepatitis C related needs in the community. Committees form to work on projects in order to meet needs identified by the community. Next Meetings: June 6th & Sept. 19th   

In Attendance: See Below

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  • MDLand is working with the NYC Health Department on a ‘Hep C Risk Assessment Screening, Testing, Counseling and Linkage to Care Module’ in their Electronic Health Record ‘IClinic’ for the ‘Check Hep C Project.’ This is the first electronic system to support Hep C Patient Navigation.

New! Hepatitis B & C Awareness in the Caribbean Community Initiative. Contact: Sabine Franklin –Haitian Centers Council

  • Hepatitis C Basic Brochure in Creole. HCV Advocate. Haitian Centers Council, Inc. translated the brochure
  • A group is convening to work on a plan to increase awarness about Hepatitis B & C in the Crown Heights Caribbean Community
  • Group Outreach event: Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Inc : Community Health Fair in East Flatbush on June 2, 2012. To participate, contact: Amanda Nace, MPH, CPH:
  • Groups suggested doing outreach at the Prospect Park Drum Circle on Sundays.

New! Russian Hepatitis B & C Education & Support Group Initiative. Contact: Greg Romen- (718) 395-9120

  • Monthly Russian Hep B & C Support & Education Group: Last Wednesday of the Month (6:30-7:30 PM). Kings Highway Library: 2115 Ocean Ave. 

 New! Methodist Hospital Hepatitis B & C Support Group

  • 3rd Wednesday of each month (5:30-7 PM). Open to all Hepatitis B & C Patients. Methodist Hospital:506 6th Avenue, Park Slope – in the executive dining room on the ground floor adjacent to the cafeteria. Facilitated by Smruti Mohanty, MD, MS, FACP, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.  Contact & RSVP: (718) 780-3851
Citywide Task Force Project Updates
  • African Hepatitis B & C Subcommittee Inaugural Meeting. Joint Subcommittee of the NYC Hepatitis B Coalition & Hepatitis C Task Force.

New! Health Care Access & Insurance Workgroup: Joint Committee of the HBV Coalition & HCV Task Force. Contact: &

  • Next Meeting: April 17th (3 -5 PM) at the Federal Building on Worth & Broadway.
  • Centralizing helpful ‘Hepatitis Health Care Access, Insurance & Medication Resources & Tools’ for dissemination in Newsletter & on Website
  • Integrating Hepatitis B & C patient care components into Electronic Health Record Products: starting with eClinicalWorks. To learn more, contact:
  • Compiling Medicaid & Medicare Managed Care Issues reported by the community and developing action plan to improve.
  • Action alert! If you are experiencing issues helping your Hep B or C clients through Medicaid or Medicare Managed Care, please write and email describing the issue to: Frank Winter (
  • Ensuring Hepatitis representation in existing Health Care Access & Insurance Coalitions.
  • Developing a periodic ‘Email Toolkit for Medical Providers’ (MD, NP, PA) to help care for Hep B & C Patients more efficiently


  • Hepatitis B & C Personal Stories Workshop – for patients. Every other Tuesday @ Harm Reduction Coalition (5:45-7:15 PM). To join, contact:
  • Purpose is for patients to develop their Hepatitis Stories for themselves and/or to generate awareness. Stories can take on any form.
  • Current projects: Developing a Hep C Awareness Video for Callen-Lorde TV. Submitting stories to the HCV Advocate Personal Stories Webpage.


Upcoming Events
  • You are invited!NYS Viral Hepatitis Conference Pre-conference reception.  Hosted by Harm Reduction Coalition. Museum of Sex: 233 Fifth Avenue, New York from (6 – 8 pm) on Monday March 19th. The guest speaker will be Dr, Gregory Dore, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia
  • NYC Adult Immunization Coalition Meeting. March 22nd (10-12). DOHMH 42-09 28th Street, Rm 14-43, Long Island City. RSVP
  • International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH)(CME). March 26 -27. Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
  •  Webinar: Preparing for Hepatitis Testing Day.NASTAD & NVHR.March  29th (3-4 PM
  • Hepatitis Management: State of the Art (CME). May 11-12.  Einstein Hospital, NY
  • TD Five Boro Bike Tour. American Liver Foundation.  May 6th. Join the Liver Life Challenge Team in America’s largest cycling event, a 40-mile, traffic-free ride for some 30,000 cyclists. 
  • Liver Life Walk. American Liver Foundation. June 3rd, Battery Park.

May 15th1stNational Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day

May 19th1stNational Hepatitis Testing Day

July 28th World Hepatitis Day

New Resources

Patient Assistance

  • Gods Love We Deliver provides home meal services for Hepatitis C patients meeting eligibility requirements.
  • Community Health Advocates. Statewide program to help people of all ages find insurance and resolve insurance issues with help available in multiple languages. (888) 614-5400

Program Assistance

  • Orasure HCV Finger Stick Rapid Test Approved!  To request training or information in NYC, contct:
  • HCV Patient Mentor Program: To request a patient mentor to come to your organization to speak to your clients at groups or special events, contact:
  • Hep-Cap: NYS DOH pilot program that provides medical visit support and medication support for uninsured HCV patients. For more information, contact: Jocelyn Camacho, Project Coordinator – Mount Sinai Primary Care HCV
  • is working on an upgrade of the combine HCV Task Force & HBV Coalition Website. They offer affordable ‘Quicksites for non-profits.’

Medical Provider Assistance

  • Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) offers assistance in transitioning to Electronic Health Records and classes on how to bill effectively. Consultants can work with practices directly. Intensive classes on ICD-10 are planned for early 2012. (347) 398-4888
  • CoverMyMeds helps physicians and pharmacists complete Prior Authorization and other insurance coverage determination forms for any drug and almost all drug plans.

In Attendance

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Save the Date! Next Meetings: (3-5 PM)  June 6th & Sept. 19th 



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