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Symposium | Eliminating Hep C in People Living with HIV in NYC @ LGBTQ Center

January 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

NYC Department of Health Library of Publications

Eliminating Hep C in People Living with HIV in NYC

January 24 (9 – 5 PM)
LGBTQ Center: 208 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Organized by the NYC Health Department and the Northeast Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC)



Welcome | 9 AM

Amber Casey, MPH, NYC Department of Health, HIV

Francine Cournos, MD, AIDS Education and Training Center

Hep C in People Living with HIV in NYC | 9:30 AM

Kate Penrose, MS, NYC Department of Health
Results from a recent match of the HIV and hepatitis C surveillance registries.

Project SUCCEED: HIV Undetectable, Hep C Cured! | 10 AM

MaNtsetse Kgama, MPH, NYC Department of Health, Project Manager
Description of a new Health Department project aiming to support Hep C treatment in all people living with HIV in NYC. Project SUCCEED offers training and technical assistance for HIV providers, and linkage to care services for patients in need of Hep C treatment.

Epidemiology of HIV and Hep C in the U.S. | 10:30 AM

Francine Cournos, MD, Principle Investigator, AETC and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Epidemiology), Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Hep C Prevention & Screening in People Living with HIV

Jameela Yusuff, MD, AETC, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Medical Director, STAR Health Center

Lunch | 12 PM


Focus Groups | 12 – 1 PM

Facilitated by RAND Corporation. Incentives will be provided.
Two groups running concurrently during lunch:

Clinical Provider Group

Non-clinical Provider Group


Patient Testimony | 1 PM

Hep C Treatment in People Living with HIV and Recommendations for Special Populations | 1:15 PM

Shobha Swaminathan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Care Team Panel with Q & A | 2:15 PM

Moderated by: Daniel Raymond, Deputy Director of Planning and Policy  Harm Reduction Coalition

  • Clinical Program Development: Jesi Ramon, MD, Medical Director Brownsville Multi-service Center
  • Patient Navigation: Sheila Reynoso, MPH, Director, HCV Treatment Network, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Peer Navigator and Advocate: Elaine West, Peer Navigator, VOCAL-NY
  • Testing: Giusseppe Quispe Ramos, Test Counselor Harlem United
  • Medication Coverage: Susan Lee, PharmD, Northwell Health

Call to Action and Closing Remarks | 4 PM

Focus Group

Facilitated by RAND Corporation. Incentives will be provided.
One focus group will run after the symposium:

HIV/Hep C Patients


January 24
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Categories:


AETC Northeast – Carribean


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th St
New York, NY 10011 United States
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