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Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights | 09-25-2019

September 25th (3- 5PM) American Cancer Society: 132 W 32nd St, Manhattan
In Attendance: See Below

Viral Hepatitis Initiative Champions Recognition  List of awardees here


Pilot Study: Feasibility of Hepatitis C RNA Diagnostic Testing via Dried Blood Spot in Non-Clinical Settings in NYS
Tracey Knickerbocker, MA, and Melissa Frisbie, MPH, NYS HCV Rapid Testing Program Coordinators, NYS Health Department – and

  • View full presentations here.

NYC Dry Blood Spot Testing Pilot Site Experience: Mount Sinai Respectful & Equitable Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Program
Farah Riazi, Outreach Coordinator –

  • The REACH Program implemented the Dried Blood Spot testing for Hep C RNA in late 2018 and found that they were able to considerably expand their testing capacity. Dry Blood Spot testing allowed testing of participants with veins that are difficult to access and allowed the team to provide discreet testing services while conducting outreach in the community because a phlebotomist is not needed.
  • Challenges included: transportation of samples due to the bulkiness of the transportation boxes and collecting blood samples during the winter months (hand warmers and hand sanitizers improved blood flow).

NYC Hep C Test Training Resources
Irma Kocer, CDC Public Health Advisor, NYC Health Department –
Marie Bresnahan, Director, Training, Policy and Administration, NYC Health Department –

Recruiting Participants for Paid Research Study

Reducing Drinking in HIV and Hep C Patients –  Jennifer C. Elliott, PhD, NYS Psychiatric Institute –

  • View presentation here.

Policy and Advocacy

Annette Gaudino, State & Local Policy Director, Treatment Action Group –

  • NYC Council has introduced a new bill: Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in NYC (Int 1703-2019). The proposed legislation would require that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene develop a plan to eliminate viral hepatitis in New York City by the year 2030.
  • Bronx Hep C Town Hall: What is New York doing to end Hep C? @ Argus Community Center, October 18  (3 – 5 PM).
  • City Council Viral Hepatitis Initiative Update, the advocacy leads for each program for FY 21 will be: 
    • Overall Lead: Reed Vreeland, Director of NYC Community Mobilization, Housing Works –
    • Check Hep C: Courtney Dower, Program Manager, Dept. of Family Medicine, BronxCare –
    • Hep C Peer Program: Mike Selick, Hep C Training & Policy Manager, Harm Reduction Coalition –
    • Empire Liver Foundation (ELF): Joy Cambe, Program Coordinator, ELF –
    • Hepatitis C Mentoring and Support Group (HCMSG): Ronni Marks, Founder, HCMSG –


Committee Updates


Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) – Farma Pene, NYC Health Department –

  • Contact us if you know of any events or organizations where we can hold a Hep B or C screening or education event that would target the African community.

Communications – Shanaz Hosein, American Liver Foundation –

In Attendance:
    1. Alexis Brenes Health Care Access Specialist DOHMH
    2. Annette Gaudino HCV Project Co-Director Treatment Action Group
    3. Brian Hennessey PREP Coordinator Housingworks
    4. Bruce Glazer Account Executive AbbVie
    5. Charu Malhotra Verma VHP Intern DOHMH
    6. Courtney Dower Program Manager Bronx-Lebanon Family Medicine
    7. Daniela Sanclemente Patient Navigator Elmhurst Hospital
    8. Farah Riazi Outreach Coordinator Mount Sinai
    9. Farma Pene Health Care Access Specialist DOHMH
    10. Fernando Valerio Check Hep C Patient Navigator Community Health Care Networks
    11. Gillian Saunders Director of Healthcare Compliance and Special Projects Housing Works
    12. Gregory Barber HCV Peer Educator Montefiore Medical Center – DOSA – Help C Program
    13. Jaylean Jones Hep C navigator Family Services Network
    14. Jennifer Elliott Research New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
    15. Jielei Li Viral Hepatitis Program Intern DOHMH
    16. Joy Cambe Program Coordinator Empire Liver Foundation
    17. Justin Chan Infectious Disease physician, Clinician Educator Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals
    18. Kyle Hwand Care Coordinator APICHA
    19. Liz Tang Health Care Access Specialist DOHMH
    20. Louie Jones Peer Navigator New York Harm Reduction Educators
    21. Lucy Vega Check Hep C Patient Navigator Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
    22. Luis Perez Pharmacy Specialist/Advocate AIDS Healthcare Foundation
    23. Luisa Mareo Patient Navigator
    24. Mahnoor Ali Research New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
    26. Makeda Bryan Patient Navigator Brownsville Multiservice Family Health Center
    27. Marie Bresnahan Project Director DOHMH-Viral Hepatitis
    28. Martha Gohlke Lead HCV Screening and Linkage to Care NYS DOH
    29. Mary Correa Senior Director Grant Programs
    30. Maura Lash NYC DOHMH
    31. Medesa Garrett HCV Coordinator Brightpoint Health
    32. Melinda Smith Assistant Research Coordinator Weill Cornell Medical Center
    33. Melissa Frisbie NYS DOH
    34. Nadine Kela-Murphy Practice Transformation Specialist DOHMH
    35. Nicolette Fitzgibbon Hep C Care Coordinator Montefiore Medical Center
    36. Nirah Johnson Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building DOHMH
    37. Oluwatoyin Erinle, MD|MPH Program Coordinator, Hepatitis Bronx Care Health System
    38. Perla Romero Harm Reduction Coordinator The Alliance for Positive Change – Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
    39. Rahel Yosief Patient Navigator BOOM!Health
    40. Reed Vreeland Director of NYC Community Mobilization Housing Works
    41. Rosy Mota Director of Community Health Education Latino Commission on AIDS
    42. Samantha Brandspiegel Health Educator Mount Sinai
    43. Sarah Ahmed Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator DOHMH
    44. Sarah Usher Linkage to care specialist Brightpoint Health
    45. Sheila Reynoso Montefiore Medical Center
    46. Tracey Knickerbocker NYS DOH
    47. Umaima Khatun Program Coordinator DOHMH
    48. Vianney Aguilar CHASI
    49. Yacaris De Jesus Patient Navigator Bellvue
    50. Yanting (Kelly) Huang Data Manager DOHMH-Viral Hepatitis

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