Friday April 27 (9:30 AM – 11:40AM) 25 Victory Blvd, Staten Island – 3rd floorNext Meeting: Thursday May 31st (9:30-11:30 AM) 25 Victory Blvd. 3rd Floor

Special Announcement!

Free Hepatitis B Workshop and Screening on Staten Island. Provided by American Cancer Society. Partners: Gilead, Liu Foundation.
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 (10am – 1pm). Location: New China Buffet, Hylan Plaza; 2626 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY10306. Contact:Jonathan.tsao@cancer.org (718) 886-8890 ext. 10

Meeting Highlights

In AttendanceSee Below

See the Online Hepatitis Services Site Locator for most current Staten Island Hepatitis B & C Services – updated after meeting. To be added to the site locator, contact: HepatitisABC@health.nyc.gov

Collaborative Development of Hepatitis C Support Group on Staten Island

  • Group discussed working together to establish & maintain one Hepatitis C Monthly Support & Education Group that all organizations would refer to.
    • Tentative Location, Staten Island University Hospital North. Tentative date & time: Thursday at 6 PM. Leader volunteered: Steve Loggins, SIUH MMTP – KimThankful@aol.com
      • Ronni Marks will contact SIUH North Site to identify space
    • In future, 2nd group may be needed in South Staten Island
    • Outreach plan:
      • email & post group flyer
      • advertise in Staten Island Advance: Health Happenings & Monthly inserts for Russian Community
  • Existing Resources to help with Hep B & C Support Groups

o    Hepatitis C Support Group Manual – HCV Advocate

o    Hepatitis C Support Groups For Drug Users: Facilitators Manual. This guide was developed with the collective input of syringe exchange participants and service providers actively involved in hepatitis C (HCV) support groups throughout New York City. Harm Reduction Coalition

Presentation of Tools to Help with Hepatitis Services on Staten Island

Discussion of Hepatitis B & C related Needs on Staten Island

Policy & Advocacy

  • Demand a Plan to End Hepatitis C in New York. VOCAL New York, along with other allies in fight to address hepatitis C in New York State, are planning another advocacy day in the Albany to demand a statewide plan to diagnose and link to care everyone living with hepatitis C. Advancements in testing and treatment options provide New York the opportunity to tackle the hepatitis C epidemic if state government comes together to form a plan now. When: TBD (before the end of the legislative session) Where: New York State capitol in Albany. For More Info Contact Fred Wright: fred@vocal-ny.org / 646-321-5282

Upcoming Awareness Day Planning:

Upcoming Events

  • Harm Reduction Coalition Training Calendar Spring 2012
  • Peer Delivered Syringe Exchange Conference. May 4th 2012. Focus is on career development for Peers. For more info, contact: Hiawatha Collins, PDSE Network Leader – hcollins@health.nyc.gov

Future Direction & Local Leadership of the Staten Island Hepatitis Task Force

  • Next Meeting: Thursday May 31st (9:30-11:30 AM) 25 Victory Blvd. 3rd Floor
  • Local Leadership will be further discussed

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