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CHIPO-NYC Meeting Highlights | 4-29-20
COVID-19 Overview and Resources
Dr. Jane Bedell, Retired Assistant Commissioner, Bronx Bureau of Neighborhood Health, NYC Department Of Health (now serving as a volunteer for NYC Department Of Health), firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the African and Immigrant community affected by COVID-19?
- Black, Brown and non-White New Yorkers are heavily impacted due to racism e.g. living conditions have effect on infection risk.
- The Health Department does not collect patient’s place of origin but does collect race/ethnicity and place of residence. The neighborhood data shows pockets of high infection rates in areas are where many immigrants including Africans reside.
When will a vaccine be available?
- It will likely take more than a year before a vaccine is available.
- In the meantime, NYC is developing plans to do contact tracing, where we work with people who test positive for having the virus and then get in touch with contacts, isolate people who are infected and their contacts in order to break the cycle of transmission.
- Contact tracing will help NYC as part of the phased plan to reopen businesses and test more people.
- The City is hiring 1,000 Contact Tracers: https://fphnyc.org/about/careers/
- The State is hiring over 6,000 contract tracers: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help
How are minorities affected?
- Non-Whites are overrepresented in cases, hospitalizations and death. The Health Department posts daily data here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data.page
What is the test?
- There are two kinds of test: the “PCR” test, that tests for the virus itself (using a nasal swab), and the antibody (or “serology”) blood test, which tests to see if a person has ever, in the past, had the virus.
- Health and Hospitals have opened locations for PCR testing. See here or call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311
- The antibody test indicates if the person was ever infected. This test is currently being developed and is not ready for mass use.
Is re-infection possible after recovery?
- Current science is inconclusive. People do not know if or how long antibodies are protective.
What is the difference between transmission via droplets or airborne?
- Measles, for example, is an “airborne” virus that lingers in the air for several hours.
- COVID-19 can be transmitted via droplets e.g. when someone sneezes. Droplets drop on the ground or surfaces, but recent science is showing that some linger in the air. In spaces like churches for example, where many people have stayed for hours, the droplets can linger in the air.
- For more information go to the NYC DOHMH coronavirus website
Difficult-to-Treat HCV Subtypes in Sub-Saharan Africa
Annette Gaudino, State & Local Policy Director, Treatment Action Group, email@example.com
- 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.
- Advocate to guide the development of optimal treatment protocols for difficult-to-treat subtypes and medication availability (low cost brands and the production of generic brands) in affected countries.
Check Hep B and C Low Cost Care Sites Update
Umaima Khatun, Check Hep B Program Manager, NYC Department Of Health, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Diaz-Muñoz, Check Hep C Program Manager, NYC Department Of Health, email@example.com
- Navigators are calling current patients to identify needs related to COVID or viral hepatitis
- Monitoring treatment adherence visits via tele-health.
- Rescheduling non-urgent medical visits to mid-late summer unless there is a required treatment for Hep B infected moms.
- No new treatment initiation at the current time
New Hep B Foundation Hepatitis Awareness and Education Materials for the African Community -Announcement from Sierra Bodor, Public Health Program Manager, Hepatitis B Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
- A presentation for community health workers and physicians on hepatitis B basics, and tips for providing education and dispelling myths when educating
- A flipchart for direct community education
- Fact sheets and resource sheets
- African immigrant #justB patient storytellers videos
Hepatitis Awareness Month in May
Sarah Ahmed, Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, NYC Department Of Health, email@example.com
- To celebrate Hepatitis Awareness Month this year, NYC Viral Hepatitis organizations will join a Twitter Chat on May 14th from 1-2 PM united by the hashtag #HepFreeNYC.
- To Join the conversation, please email Sarah Ahmed at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hepatitis B and C Vaccination, Testing and Care Referrals for the African Community
- Please contact Farma Pene at email@example.com if there are any issues reaching the listed organizations.
Publicize Your Events
- NYC Health Department “Health Map”: Hep B care and vaccines site locator, click here
- Montefiore: Free Hep B screening, email Fatima Omarufilo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bronxcare: Hep B navigator Christina at CBoynes@bronxleb.org
- Bellevue: Hep B and C Navigators, email Luisa at Luisa.Martelo@nychhc.org or Yacaris at Yacaris.Dejesus@nychhc.org
- African Services Committee: Free Hep B and C screening and walk-in, email Halimatou at email@example.com for questions
- Free Hep B vaccine now available
- Aids Healthcare Foundation: care and vaccines https://locations.aidshealth.org/
- Resources to ensure health access for all (insured and uninsured) are available at hepfree.nyc/patients-public/patient-resources/special-programs/
- Patient Advocate Foundation Hep B drug copay assistance – https://www.copays.org/diseases/hepatitis-b
- Webinar Training | Health Literacy in HIV, STI and Viral Hepatitis Care – May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
- NVHR Grassroots Advocacy Monthly Call – May 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
- Monthly National CHIPO Call – To join, email Chari Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Next CHIPO-NYC meeting – July 29th (3-5pm)
- American Public Health Association (APHA) equity-related resources: www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/communicable-disease/coronavirus/equity
- HepfreeNYC COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Community & NYC Hep Service Provider Resources page
- COVID-19 website launches – City’s most up to date Novel Coronavirus data: COVID-19 Data Page
- Special enrollment period for health insurance will remain open through June 15, 2020 for New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a plan through NY State of Health.
- Hep B United Mini-Grants – Due Aug 16th – See application information here.
- Youth Street Outreach Program – Due July 1st – View grant application here
- Funding for Business Continuity During COVID-19 – www1.nyc.gov/site/nonprofits/funded-providers/funded-providers.page
- Outreach and Testing Assistant
- Hepatitis Education & Training Intern (for Master students ONLY) – Health Department
- See more Job Opportunities
- Aboudramane Berte, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Adeeba Khan, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anna Shats, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Annette Gaudino, Treatment Action Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arslan Mohamed, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Bryn Gay, Treatment Action Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christelle Onwu, New York City Commission on Human Rights, email@example.com
- Danaity Yemane, African Services Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diana Diaz Munoz, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Elizabeth Gordon-Dudu, Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Evelyn Botwe, National Black Leadership Commission on Health, email@example.com
- Farma Pene, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jane Bedell, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- John Bosah, MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kim Nichols, African Services Committee, email@example.com
- Lilly Perry, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marie Bresnahan, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Mohamed Kante, Viral Hepatitis Community Partner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nadine Kela-Murphy, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Halimatou Konte, African Services Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nirah Johnson, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
- Nyashadzashe Makoni, Mount Sinai Health System, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi, CUNY – Hunter College, email@example.com
- Omolola Baogun, MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rokhaya Gueye, African Services Committee, email@example.com
- Sarah Ahmed, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shanda Kearse, Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI), email@example.com
- Sierra Bodor, Hep B Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Umaima Khatun, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
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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.Tags: African Community CHIPO Hep C Task Force Hepatitis B Hepatitis C