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Hep C Task Force Meeting Highlights | 9-12-18

September 12 (3 PM – 5 PM) American Cancer Society, Manhattan #HepFreeNYC #EndHepatitis
In Attendance: See Below


Housing for Vulnerable Populations
Giovanna Novoa, Program Manager, Housing Services Unit, NYC Health Department – 

  • View full presentations here.
  • View Ryan White Directory here.
  • View Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Directory here.
  • Hep C mono-infected patients may be able to access housing services due to other co-morbid conditions, such as mental health or substance use. Resources can be found here.
Liver Cancer and Hepatitis B and C in NYC
Update from recent publication: Effect of Hepatocellular Carcinoma on Mortality Among Individuals with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C Infection In New York City, 2001-2012.
Miranda Moore, Hepatitis Epidemiologist, Viral Hepatitis Program, NYC Health Department –

Policy and City Council Viral Hepatitis Initiative Funding Update

October Liver Cancer Awareness Month

  • Ideas to increase liver cancer screenings
    • Educate clinical providers and organizations where people at risk access care about the risks of liver cancer and the screening recommendations for people living with HCV
    • Develop and disseminate a liver cancer awareness screensaver clinical provider screen savers to remind them to screen for liver cancer
    • Set up EMR prompts to conduct liver cancer screenings according to recommended schedule
    • Educate patients: explain the need for ongoing liver health monitoring after Hep C cure, particularly in those with cirrhosis. Compare liver cancer screening to something familiar, like a “mammogram for the liver.” Promote liver cancer screening awarness on social media.
    • Encourage insurance companies to promote liver cancer screening as prevention
    • Associate May testing month with October liver cancer screening month
Committee Updates 
Upcoming Events

See more upcoming events on our Community Calendar

In Attendance:
  1. Alecia Charles, Hepatitis C Program Coordinator, SUNY Downstate Medical Center,
  2. Alexis Brenes, Health Care Access Specialist DOHMH
  3. Alison Whitney, Project Coordinator, DOHMH
  4. Andres Perez – Correa, Clinical Research Coordinatr Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  5. Ann Winters, Medical Director, Viral Hepatitis DOHMH
  6. Annette Gaudino, HCV Project Co-Director Treatment Action Group
  7. Brian Hennessey, PREP Coordinator Housingworks
  8. Bruce Glazer, Account Executive AbbVie
  9. Byron Eads, Peer Navigator Vocal NY
  10. Charu Malhotra Verma, VHP Intern DOHMH
  11. Chris Cruz, Pharmaetuical rep AbbVie
  12. Courtney Dower, Program Manager Bronx-Lebanon Family Medicine
  13. Daniel Castellanos, Director of Programs Hispanic AIDS Forum
  14. Danielle Cornwall, Pharmacy Specialist/Hep C Coordinator Amida Care NY
  15. Daryin Hummel, Biological Anthropologist The Ohio State University
  16. David Matthew, Program Manager Bed Stuy Family Health Center
  17. Debra Stewart, HIV/Hep C Navigator Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
  18. Diana Diaz-Munoz, Program Coordinator (Hep C Peer/Check Hep C) DOHMH
  19. Donna Gilmore, Physician Specialist Kings County Hospital Center
  20. Elisa McBratney, Program Manager REACH – Mount Sinai
  21. Farma Pene, Health Care Access Specialist, DOHMH,
  22. Fernando Valerio, Check Hep C Patient Navigator, Community Health Care Networks,
  23. Frank Gomez, Hep C Peer Navigator, Montefiore Medical Center,
  24. Frida Abramov, Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Gilead,
  25. Gail Brown, Policy Advocate, COPE,
  26. Gillian Saunders, Director of Healthcare Compliance and Special Projects, Housing Works,
  27. Ginger Wey, Medical Director, HepC treatment network, Montefiore
  28. Giovanna Novoa, Program Manager, DOHMH,
  29. Henry Chang, Global Health Consultant, Liver Health Investment Fund,
  30. Jackie Chen, Professor Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  31. Jackie Hill, Montefiore Medical Center – HCV Program,
  32. James Spellman, Associate Director, Viral Hepatitis Medical Affairs Gilead Sciences,
  33. Jerry loschiavo, Rep. CVS Carmeark,
  34. Jessie Schwartz, Clinical Coordinator, DOHMH – Viral Hepatitis,
  35. Jihaan Mutasim, Ryan White Community Coordinator, DOHMH,
  36. Jill Pace, Director HIV Care and Treatment, Mount Sinai
  37. John Youhanna, Regional Medical Director, Dynavax Technologies,
  38. Joshua Lunior, Kings,
  39. Joy Cambe, Program Coordinator, Empire Liver Foundation,
  40. Julia Phillips, Public Health Educator/CBO Liaison, DOHMH, STD Control,
  41. Justin Chan, Infectious Disease physician, Clinician Educator Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals
  42. Kathleen Bernock NP, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center,
  43. Liz Tang, Health Care Access Specialist, DOHMH,
  44. Lucy Vega, Check Hep C Patient Navigator, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center,
  45. Luis Perez, Pharmacy Specialist/Advocate, AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
  46. Mantsetse Kgama, Project Manager, DOHMH-Viral Hepatitis,
  47. Marie Bresnahan, Project Director, DOHMH-Viral Hepatitis,
  48. Mark Benn, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy,
  49. Melissa Pernier, Assistant Program Director, Bronxworks,
  50. Mila Gonzalez, Quality Manager, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital,
  51. Miranda Moore MPH, DOHMH – Viral Hepatitis,
  52. Nadine Kela-Murphy, Practice Transformation Specialist, DOHMH,
  53. Natalia Kwon, Specialty Representative, AbbVie,
  54. Nikki Valenti, Community Specialist, HCV, Gilead,
  55. Nirah Johnson, Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building, DOHMH,
  56. Paul Bolter, Community Outreach/Education Manager, American Liver Foundation,
  57. Pauline Edwards, Outreach worker/Advocate, COPE,
  58. Peter Chen, Program Coordinator, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center,
  59. Rachel Redding, Program Assistant, DOHMH,
  60. Richard Medina, Linkage to Care Specialist, The Osborne Association,
  61. Romy Alvarez, Patient Navigator, Montefiore Medical Center,
  62. Ronni Marks, Founder/ED, Hepatitis C Mentor and Support group,
  63. Sarah Ahmed, Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, DOHMH,
  64. Shanaz Hosein, Hep C Prevention in Youth Intern, CUNY Brooklyn College,
  65. Shannon Diaz, Region Business Director, Dynavax Technologies,
  66. Sheila Reynoso, Montefiore Medical Center,
  67. Tatiana Vera, Health Educator/Linkage to Care Specialist, Montefiore Medical Center,
  68. Toya Robinson, HCV Theraputic Specialist, Gilead,
  69. Emerald Cazeau, intern, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, DOHMH,
  70. lecelai desquitado, intern, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control, DOHMH,

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