Hep Free NYC Research Committee Meeting Highlights
03-24-2021 (3 – 4:30 PM EST) via Zoom
In attendance: See below
Hep Free NYC Research Committee Goal: Create a network and foster collaboration among NYC hepatitis focused researchers.
Hep Free NYC Research Committee Webpage and community research board for recruiting for studies or jobs. Please share any suggestions and share with those interested in posting/utilizing.
Current research projects review
- Project highlight: Hep C & Racial and Ethnic Disparities with a national scope
- Research Project of Interest: Mount Sinai is Seeking West African Immigrant Community participants for Hepatitis B Screening Survey. View flyer here in English and French.
- Contact: Nyasha Makoni, Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai
- Aim: to create a culturally competent education program that is comprehensive for the West African Immigrant Community
NYC Viral Hepatitis Elimination Plan update
- All Hep Free NYC partners will receive these goals for feedback via survey.
- NYS Hep C elimination plan is not yet released. NYC is including Hep B and NYC-population specific.
- Drafted proposal for elimination planning work groups. Call for nominations for 1) writing group, 2) reviewer group.
Hep C Telemedicine Implementation during COVID study – project update
- Telemedicine study-national Hep C provider survey evaluating their telemedicine experience. In funding/logistical process currently.
- Telemedicine pilot- telemedicine services at syringe exchange programs for Hep C treatment. Majority of patients prefer a combination of telemedicine & in-person treatments.
- Telemedicine project for youth services at syringe exchange programs-comfortable to get labs with their provider but faced barrier with sending patient to another lab via telemedicine treatment with new/unfamiliar providers.
Setting up collaborations between researchers & Community Based Organizations
- Korean Community Services (KCS) expressed interest-any collaborations with hepatitis would be of interest and can work together to develop focus & research questions.
Recruitment for the Research Committee
- Via social networks in the hepatitis community. Formal recruitment on hold.
- Seeking Hep B researchers in our community
- Inviting researchers to formally present their work at future committee meetings
1. Abigail Hunter, Clinical Program Manager, Vocal-NY, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Grace Kim, Health Educator, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
3. James Spellman, Senior Medical Scientist, Gilead Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Jeff Weiss, Program Director, Mount Sinai – Respectful & Equitable Access to Comprehensive Healthcare (REACH) Program, email@example.com
5. Jessie Schwartz, Clinical Coordinator (VHP), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Joyce Bwenyi, Mount Sinai Hospital, email@example.com
7. Justin Chan, Infectious Disease Physician, Clinician Educator, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services, firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Marie Bresnahan, Director of Training, Policy and Administration, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
9. Meryl Elian, Gilead Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Nirah Johnson, Capacity Building Director, Viral Hepatitis Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, email@example.com
11. Nyasha Makoni, Clinical Research Coordinator, Mount Sinai Health System, firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Okhyun Ko, Patient Navigator, Korean Community Services, email@example.com
13. Sarah Ahmed, Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Shashi Kapadia, Instructor in Medicine/ Infectious Diseases, New York-Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medicine, email@example.com
15. Victoria Foster, Manager, NYU School of Medicine – Division of Epidemiology Department of Population Health, firstname.lastname@example.org