Jamaica Queens Hepatitis C Task Force Meeting Highlights
March 28th 2012 (3-5 PM)

Jamaica DOHMH Clinic: 90-37 Parsons Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432 – Lower level

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: July 18th & Nov. 14th

In attendance: See Below

Stay connected through the ‘NYC Hepatitis B & C Community Coalitions Linkedin Group’ and the ‘NYC Liver Health Facebook Page’


Building Strength for the only Hep C Support Groups in Queens

  • New Jamaica Queens Hep C Support Group. Next meeting: Wednesday April 25th (2:30-3:30 PM) Location: HELP/PSI 105-04 Sutphin Blvd. Contact: Ira Weiss, Patient Advocate (347) 233-0038 iweiss@projectsamaritan.org. Open to all people affected by Hepatitis C.  ·         Hepatitis C Mentor & Support Group Inc.
    • Please help with outreach by passing info along and posting attached flyer!

Planned for a Queens ‘Hepatitis C Treatment Update Public Forum’

July 18th– ACQC, Jamaica Queens

Peer Delivered Syringe Exchange Conference will take place on May 4th 2012. Focus is on career development for Peers.For more info, contact:Hiawatha Collins, VOCAL-NY, NYC DOHMH Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care & Treatment, and PDSE Network Leader – hcollins@health.nyc.gov

Anti-mandatory prescription mail order law. Took effect on January 11, 2012. Allows consumers to choose. Steve Linick – Echo PharmacySLinick@Echodrx.comSteveL67@optonline.net  (see attached for detail)

Native Americans & Hepatitis. Group member discussed need to reach out to this population.

New! The Firehouse Health Center, an extension of Damian Family Care Centers. Provides Hepatitis C Treatment.

Liver Biopsy Resources in Queens


New! Health Care Access & Insurance Workgroup: Joint Committee of the HBV Coalition & HCV Task Force. Have issues with the Health Care System – lets work together to make improvements. Next meeting will be April 17th  from (3 -4:30 PM) at the Federal Building on Worth & Broadway. To join, contact: njohnso2@health.nyc.gov

  • Action alert! Have you had issues helping your Hep C clients in Medicaid  or Medicare Managed Care get the care they need? Please send an email describing the issue you have faced… click here

Hepatitis C Care in NYC Jails Initiative spearheaded by Correctional Association of NY

  • Action alert! Currently seeking Hep B & C Patients who have been incarcerated to share their personal experience. Correctional Association will set up a focus group at your site or set up phone calls. Contact: jbeck@correctionalassociation.org

Upcoming Awareness Day Planning:


In attendance:

 New Resources

Patient Support

  • 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
  • Patient Access Network (PAN) is an independent non-profit organization that provides assistance to under-insured patients for their out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications. Has Hep B & Hep C assistance!
  •  Options for the Uninsured Booklet | Community Health Advocates. Community Health Advocates (CHA) has created this guide to help people learn about the range of ways you can get access to health care and/or health insurance
  • Liver Cancer Screening Reminder Service. If you are at risk for liver cancer, it is important that you get checked by a doctor every 6 months for cancer screening. Sign up now for a convenient automated reminder service to help alert you by phone or email to make routine appointments. Registration only takes a minute, and the service is completely free.


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