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Hep Free NYC Webinar E-Meeting Highlights | 03-18-2020

A Joint Hep B Coalition & Hep C Task Force Meeting

March 18, 2020 (3 – 5 PM)
E-meeting via webinar. Attendance: See below
To view the recording of this webinar meeting, click here.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month!

Get involved, Contact Bethsy Morales,

Hep Free NYC 2019 Accomplishments

Check Hep B Patient Navigation Program Partner 
Paul Lee, Project Coordinator/Grant Specialist, Korean Community Services –

  • View presentation here.

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

  • View presentation here.

Hep Free NYC Communications Committee
Joy Cambe, Program Coordinator, Empire Liver Foundation (ELF) –
Farah Riazi, Outreach Coordinator, Mount Sinai REACH Program –

New Research Committee: Focusing on Hep B or C Research specifically to foster communication and collaboration among researchers in support of elimination efforts.

New South Asian Initiative: Building awareness of Hep B and C in South Asian communities in NYC.

Get Involved – email Sarah Ahmed,

Advocacy Updates

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

City Council Viral Hepatitis Initiative FY21 Budget Proposal

  • The Viral Hepatitis Initiative funds community organizations to provide hepatitis focused patient navigation, provider training and patient education.
  • The community organization Viral Hepatitis Initiative Unified Budget Ask was shared with City Council Health & Finance Committee staff.
  • Public hearings are suspended until further notice; budget discussions will resume in April/May.
  • Community providers, patients and members of impacted communities can submit written testimony on the importance of the City Council Viral Hepatitis Initiative funding to:

Article 6 State Match

  • Article 6 State Match refers to funds NYS allocates to counties including NYC to match and offset a portion of local public health spending. Last year the NYS match was reduced from 36% to 20%, which would have significantly reduced the amount of funding to community organizations in the Viral Hepatitis Initiative. Last year, the Mayor’s Budget and City Council compensated for funding shortfall, however it’s unknown if the shortfall will be covered this year.
  • Action Alert: Call Gov Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie to demand no cuts to Medicaid, restoration of Article 6 matching funds to NYC, and continued funding for HCV elimination, currently $5M; contact numbers and social media kit have been shared on the Hep Free NYC Listserv.

NYS Hep C Elimination Plan

  • After the release of the new USPSTF Hep C Screening Recommendations: NYS is amending the State HCV testing law to include universal screening of pregnant women during each pregnancy and screening for everyone >18 years of age.
  • NYS Elimination Task Force Data & Metrics Advisory Committee is having a call on April 9th to advance work on metrics, an elimination dashboard and a plan for tracking the implementation.
  • NYS Hep C Elimination Plan Website

Viral Hepatitis and COVID-19
Ann Winters, MD, Viral Hepatitis Program Medical Director, NYC Health Department –

In Attendance
  1. Adeeba    Khan        NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  2. Adizatou    Maiga        African Services Committee
  3. Adrian    Morel        Northwell Health – Health System
  4. Alecia    Charles    Hepatitis C Program Coordinator    SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  5. Alexis    Brenes    Health Care Access Specialist    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  6. Alexis    Fields    Program Manage    Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center
  7. Anabelle    Soto    Associate Director of Prevention    The Alliance for Positive Change
  8. Andrew    Bonfrancesco    Supervisor    Positive Health Project
  9. Annette    Gaudino    HCV Project Co-Director    Treatment Action Group
  10. Asia    Ataide    Outreach Worker – CART Northwell    Northwell Health – Health System
  11. Bethsy    Morales-Reid    Director of Community Health Engagement    Hispanic Federation
  12. Carol    Lemus    Director of Health and Wellness    Lantern Community Services, Inc.
  13. Caroline    Davidson    Research Associate    Shatterproof
  14. Catherine    Rivera        AbbVie
  15. Chris    Cruz        AbbVie
  16. Colleen    Stapleton        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  17. Dailee    Louis        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  18. Danait    Yemane    Hepatitis B Project Coordinator    African Services Committee
  19. Daniela    Sanclemente    Patient Navigator (VHP)    NYC Health + Hospitals – Elmhurst Hospital Center
  20. Danielle    Cornwall    Pharmacy Specialist/Hep C Coordinator    Amida Care
  21. David    Ford    Business Development Representative    Hospice of New York
  22. Diana    Diaz Munoz    Hep C Program Manager    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  23. Donna    Gilmore    Physician Specialist    NYC Health + Hospitals – Kings County Hospital Center
  24. Emeka    Iloeghu    Consultant Trainer    The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc.
  25. Farma    Pene    Health Care Access Specialist    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  26. Fatima    Omarufilo    Patient Navigator    MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
  27. Frank    Winter    External Affairs    Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  28. Gail    Brown    Policy Director    COPE
  29. Geraldine    Joseph    Hepatitis Coordinator    Mount Sinai & Ryan Network
  30. Gerardo    Marcano    Health Educator    GREENWICH HOUSE
  31. Gil    Cerpa    Patient Navigator    Praxis Housing Initiatives
  32. Graham    Murray    President    Lookit Design
  33. Halimatou    Konte    Program Manager    African Services Committee
  34. Henry    Chang        World Hepatitis Alliance
  35. Irfan    Azam        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  36. James    Park    Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine; Hepatologist    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
  37. James    Spellman    Senior Medical Scientist    Gilead Science
  38. Janet    Escalante    Director    Paramount Specialty Pharmacy
  39. Janice    Lyu    Hep B Associate    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  40. Janneth    Garcia        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  41. Jessica    Clark    Community Outreach Liaison    Northwell Health – Health System
  42. Jiehui (Joy)    Zhu    Patient Navigator    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  43. Joanna    Li    Administrative Assistant    Chinese American Medical Society
  44. John    Youhanna    Regional Medical Director    Dynavax Technologies
  45. Joy    Cambe    Program Coordinator    Empire Liver Foundation
  47. Karen    Haslam        Northwell Health – Health System
  48. Karina    Escamilla    Health Affairs Coordinator    Consulate General of Mexico/Ventanilla de Salud
  49. Kyle    Hwang    Patient Navigator (VHP)    APICHA Community Health Center
  50. Leandra    Ureña    Hepatitis Program Assistant    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  51. Lilas    Kodjo    CUNY Communications Intern    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  52. Lisa    Convery de López    VP Contract Management    Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI)
  53. Liz    Tang    Health Care Access Specialist    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  54. Luis    Mares    Hep/HIV coordinator    Latino Commission on AIDS
  55. Marc    Schlosser        The Institute for Family Health
  56. Maria Mercedes    Guzman    Montefiore Hep C Treatment at NYHRE    New York Harm Reduction Educators
  57. Marie    Bresnahan    Director, Training, Policy and Administration, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  58. Mary    Chiang    Patient Navigator    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  59. Medesa    Garrett    HCV Program Coordinator    Brightpoint Health
  60. Melissa    Ip        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  61. Mona Liza    Velazquez    Peer Navigator    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
  62. Nadine    Kela-Murphy    Practice Transformation specialist    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  63. Nancy    Agront    Medical Science Liasion    AbbVie
  64. Nicolette    Fitzgibbon    Patient Navigator    Montefiore Health System
  65. Nirah    Johnson    Capacity Building Coordinator (VHP)    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  66. Norman    Archer        HOUSING WORKS INC
  67. Nyashadzashe    Makoni    HONE coordinator    Mount Sinai Health System
  68. Okhyun    Ko    Patient Navigator    Korean Community Services
  69. Oluwatoyin    Erinle    Program Manager    BronxCare Health System
  70. Paul    Lee    Project Coordinator    Korean Community Services
  71. Paul    Bolter        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  72. Perla    Romero    Patient Navigator (VHP)    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
  73. Rahel    Yosief    Patient Navigator (VHP)    BOOM!Health
  74. Rasheed    Young        NYC Health + Hospitals – Harlem Hospital Center
  75. Rebekah    Parsons        Viral Hepatitis Community Partner
  76. Robert    Desrouleaux    Trainer    The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc.
  77. Ruth    Montas    Trainer    The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc.
  78. Samantha    Brandspiegel    Health Educator    Mount Sinai Health System
  79. Sandee    Myles    (VHP)    COPE
  80. Sara    Kim    Program Coordinator    Korean Community Services
  81. Sarah    Ahmed    Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  82. Shanaz    Hosein    Program Manager, HITE    Greater New York Hospital Association
  83. Sheila    Reynoso    Director HCV Treatment Network (VHP)    MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
  84. Stephanie    Serafino        NYC Health + Hospitals – Bellevue Hospital Center
  85. Steve    Hemraj    Wellness Program Director    Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center
  86. Tatiana    Vera    Patient Navigator    MONTEFIORE MEDICAL CENTER
  87. Tom    Muneyyirci    Sr. Account Executive    AbbVie
  88. Umaima    Khatun        NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  89. Veronica    Perez    Executive Director    American Liver Foundation
  90. Victoria    Foster    Manager    NYU School of Medicine – Division of Epidemiology Department of Population Health
  91. Virginia    Lee        Center for Comprehensive Health Practice
  92. Yanting (Kelly)    Huang    Data Manager    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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