HIV/HCV Treatment Access Committee Notes

March 15th (10 AM – Noon)
NYC Department of Health, Long Island City,
In Attendance: See Below

Project SUCCEED: Eliminating Hep C in PLWH in NYC – Updates

Project Succeed Progress Graphic:

HCV Clinical Provider Training:

  • Recruit and encourage ELF participants to refer colleagues to training
  • Offer more advanced topics for experienced providers –
    • Currently available NYC clinical training opportunities
    • SUCCEED will investigate AETC has course offerings on more advanced topics
  • Promote the HIV/HCV and treatment in substance use and mental health modules as stand-alone trainings.
  • TX guidelines have changed for HIV/HCV and PWUD

How can we increase the percentage of providers who believe all people- including Special Populations- can be treated for Hep C?

  • Emphasize the benefits of newer medications that have less treatment restrictions
  • Emphasize new, less restrictive guidelines from NYS
  • Promote new treatment guidelines for HIV/HCV and PWUD.
  • Updated 2018 Hep C CHI: Diagnosing and Managing Hepatitis C
    Trainings addressing working with special populations into all ELF Sessions or earlier in cycle
  • Targeted awareness campaign

Community of Practice and Learning

Strategies for Re-engaging out of Care PLWH – HIV Field Services Unit, NYC Health Department
Nancy Kuzmyak, Public Health Advisor –
Tanzila Pervin, Public Health Advisor –

  • View full presentation here.

Training Manual for Treatment Advocates: Hepatitis C Virus & Coinfection with HIV
Annette Guadino, HCV/HIV Project Co-Director, Treatment Action Group –

  • View full presentation here.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Trainings

Community Trainings

  • HepCure – Weekly Tele-education Series. Tuesdays (4:30 – 5:30 PM).
  • Empire Liver Foundation: HCV Clinical Provider Training Live Webinar Series (10 CME)
    Thursdays (4:30 – 5:30pm) March 22 – May 31
    To register contact:

1. Pre-Treatment Assessment
2. Role of Resistance Testing
3. Overview of Fibrosis
4. Treatment by Genotype
5. Side Effects and Drug-Drug Interactions
6. Treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C Co-Infection
7. Treating People with Mental Health Conditions and Substance Use
8. Monitoring Prior, During and After Treatment
9. Management of Advanced Complicated Disease
10. Hepatitis C Medication and Prior Authorization

Additional resources available at

In Attendance:
1. Amanda Sanchez,Tester,Access to Care,
2. Amida Castagne,Program Manager, Care & Tr,NYC DOHMH,
3. Chelsea Amato,Harm Reduction Specialist,DOHMH BADUPCT Harm Reduction,
4. Cherry Jones,Program Coordinator,Mount Sinai Health System,
5. Febuary D’Auria,Program Coordinator,NYSDOH – AIDS Institute,
6. Fernando Valerio,Patient Navigator,Community Health Care Networks,
7. Gail Brown,Policy Advicate,COPE,
8. Gil A Cerpa,Hep C Coordinator,Praxis Housing Initiatives Inc.,
9. Giusseppe Quispe Ramos,Test Counselor/ Health Educator,Harlem United,
10. Gracine S. Lewis,Project Manager,Northeast/Caribbean AETC,
11. Jennifer Irwin,Sr. Director of Programs,Mount Sinai,
12. Jill Pace,Director, HIV Care & Treatment,Mount Sinai,
13. Jillian Estes,Care Specialist,Bridging Access to Care,
14. Kinya Terry,Community Health Worker,Bronx Lebanon,
15. Leonard Pickett,Field Manager,DOHMH,
16. Luz Marina Aguirre,,AETC Access Program,
17. Mstn Tanzila Pervin,Public Health Adviser,DOHMH,
18. Nancy Kuzmyak, Public Health Adviser, DOHMH,
19. Rahel Yosief, Patient Navigator, Boom!Health,
20. Reed Vreeland, Director of NYC Community Mobilization,Housing Works,
21. Shale Maulana,Director of New Initiatives, CHE, DOHMH,
22. Shellyann Vassell, Assistant Coordinator, Northwell,
23. Yasmin Ramos, Supervising PHA, DOHMH,


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