CHIPO-NYC Committee Meeting Highlights | 10-28-20


    • Congratulations CHIPO-NYC for being awarded the 2020 Hep B United Community Champion Awards!
  • HONE has a new R21 study coming up to assess African immigrant health literacy and Hep B knowledge to create culturally competent education programs – Email Nyashadzashe Makoni for any questions


Update: Difficult-to-Treat Hepatitis C Virus Subtypes in Sub-Saharan Africa
Annette Gaudino, State & Local Policy Director, Treatment Action Group,

  • An estimated of 5.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could be infected with difficult to-treat genotype 4r and non-1a/1b subtypes.
  • Clinicians must consider resistance testing before treatment and test for subtype if cure was not achieved after treatment.
  • Lack of AASLD guidance on diagnostics and treatment
  • Support TAG in their request to make treatment recommendations available in American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) guideline. Email Annette Gaudino.
  • Hepatitis C Subtypes treatment recommendations available on the European Association for the Study of the Liver guideline page: see here

COVID-19 and FLU Vaccine, Cost, Accessibility and Materials
Maria Soto, Director, Community Health Promotion, Vaccine Task Force Community Engagement Coordinator,


  • What community outreach strategies have you been using during this pandemic to:
    • Provide Hep B and C linkage to care services
      • Patients are still concerned about attending in-person visits
    • Offer Hep B screening in the community
      • Clients are given the opportunity to get hep B test when they show up for COVID-19 test
      • There is planning for future community screening and current screening at sites

In Attendance

  1. Adeeba Khan, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
  2. Annette Gaudino, Treatment Action Group,
  3. Arthur Dubai, Viral Hepatitis Community Partner,
  4. Beatrice Zovich, Hep B Foundation,
  5. Chari Cohen, Hep B Foundation,
  6. Christina Boynes, BronxCare Medical Center,
  7. Danait Yemene, African Services Committee,
  8. Farma Pene, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
  9. Fatima Omarufilo, Montefiore Medical Center,
  10. Lilas Kodjo, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
  11. Nadine Kela-Murphy, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,
  12. Halimatou Konte, African Services Committee,
  13. Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi, CUNY – Hunter College,
  14. Mohamed Kante, Viral Hepatitis Community Partner,
  15. Nyashadzashe Makoni, Mount Sinai Health System,
  16. Shanda Kearse, Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI),
  17. Steven Stora, Community Health Network of Staten island,

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CHIPO-NYC is a coalition of organizations and individuals interested in addressing the high rates of hepatitis B and C infections among African communities in the U.S. Our goal is to bring together NYC organizations, services providers and advocates who are dedicated to ending hepatitis B and C in African communities throughout the city.

Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by HepFree NYC


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