CHIPO-NYC Committee Notes

August 8th (3 PM – 5 PM)
African Services Committee: 429 W. 127th Street
In Attendance: See Below


  • Hep B pocket card and Hep B and C testing voucher will be updated and printed out. If interested please email Farma Pene at for number of copies (French version will be available).

Raising Awareness

  • Montefiore provides hep b education at mosques and will soon start screening at those mosques.
  • Montefiore also has ECHO clinic for their uninsured patients.
  • African Services Committee (ASC) provides free hep B and C testing at mosques as well as walk-in onsite and linkage to care services for positive Hep B and C patients.
  • Organizations should collaborate to raise awareness about hepatitis in the African community to promote increased vaccination, testing and linkage to care. Email Farma Pene at if you would like to collaborate with ASC for testing.
  • NYC Health Department is here to support; to learn more about our work in Hep B and C please visit

Public Charge Presentation – New York Immigration Coalition (See attached presentation)

  • People with Chronic Illnesses (such as Hep B or HIV) entering the country – Visit “Protecting Immigrant Families” resource page here
  • PCAP and Emergency Medicaid holders – not exempt
  • Sliding Fee Scale (H+H and FQHC) – not yet determined
  • Timeframe to discontinue benefits before the rule goes into effect – There will be an effective date for people disenroll when the rule is proposed and approved.


  • Resources to ensure health access for all (insured and uninsured) are available at
    • Hep Cap – Hep C
    • Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) – Hep B and C
  • Referral to care for the uninsured – H+H hospitals, Montefiore, FQHC
  • #just B (Hepatitis B Foundation) – Seeking patient and family member to tell their Hep B story. Please email Chari Cohen at for more details

Upcoming Events

  • Intro to Viral Hep Training @ NYC Health Dept. August 27th (9 – 5pm). To register, sign in or create an account (see email).
  • National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHA Day) – September 7th (10-4pm) Health Fair and Testing at ASA 121st Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10026. You are invited to promote your organization. Please RSVP
  • NYC Hep C Task Force Meeting. September 12th (3 -5pm) – 132 W 32nd St (see email).
  • NYC Hep B Coalition Meeting. September 26th (3 -5pm) 132 W 32nd St (see email).
  • African Immigrant Advisory Group – Email Chari Cohen at to join
  • National CHIPO Call – Email Chari Cohen at to join
  • Next CHIPO-NYC Meeting – October 24th (3-5pm) at African Services Committee 429 W. 127th Street. Please RSVP

CHIPO 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.

In Attendance:

1. Claudia Calhoon, Director of Health Policy, The New York Immigration Coalition,
2. Christina Boynes, Patient Navigator, Bronx Lebanon Hospital,
3. Diana Diaz Munoz , Check Hep C Program Manager, DOHMH,
4. Emmanuel Emeasoba, MD, Montefiore Medical Center,
5. Farma Pene, HCAS, Meeting Organizer, DOHMH,
6. Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator, ASC,
7. Hager Shawkat, Program Manager, Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families,
8. Jerry Loschiavo, Specialty Pharmacy Account Executive, CVS Specialty Pharmacy,
9. Liz Tang, HCAS, DOHMH,
10. Luis R. Perez, Pharmacy rep, AHF,
11. MaNtsetse Kgama, Project Manager, Project SUCCEED, DOHMH,
12. Papa Ibrahima Sow, President of the Senegalese Association, ASA,
13. Umaima Khatun, Check Hep B Program Manager, DOHMH,
14. Sarah Ahmed, Community Organizing & Training Coordinator, DOHMH,

Last Updated on May 13, 2020 by HepFree NYC


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