Hepatitis Happenings and Updates

By Jasmine West May 3, 2019

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Celebrating Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day

Mark your calendars! The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19thmarks the 8thannual Hepatitis Testing Day in the U.S. Check out CDC’s new  Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day homepage, which is where you can find a summary of the ABCs of Viral Hepatitis and a new feature each week of May about hepatitis A, B and C. You can also access free tools in the Resource Center that can be helpful in supporting your awareness activities and testing events.

Join the conversation

#HepatitisAwarenessMonth #HepAware19 #HepTestingDay

Use these hashtags to get involved and stay connected while sharing information on social media. Follow NASTAD on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn

Photo contest #HepEliminationInAction

Sponsored by the Coalition for Global Hepatitis, this is a great opportunity to share photos of those working to eliminate hepatitis—to illustrate how interventions are delivered in clinical and community settings, and sharing moments from the cultures and environments of the people most burdened by hepatitis. The photo named first-place by a panel of judges will be awarded a prize of $1,000. Five additional runners-up will be awarded $200 each! Click here for full submission guidelines. 

June Twitter #HepChat19

Join NASTAD, the Hepatitis B Foundation, and CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis for a Twitter #HepChat19 on Thursday, June 13 at 2 PM ET. The chat will highlight Hepatitis Awareness Month outreach events and provide partner organizations a way to share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their efforts during May. Partners are invited to share images and videos of their May events during the chat! 

NASTAD Updates

NASTAD Technical Assistance Center

NASTAD is expanding support for viral hepatitis leadership and staff at state, territorial, and major city/county health departments through the launch of our Hepatitis Technical Assistance Center—HepTAC!  Through HepTAC, NASTAD will offer technical assistance and capacity building utilizing a primarily online platform. Features will include direct technical assistance, e-learning, and resource sharing.  HepTAC will be responsive to the critical topics and areas of need identified by health departments in NASTAD’s Ending the Viral Hepatitis Epidemics: Health Department Infrastructure and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment. HepTAC will launch in summer 2019, made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Resources

Upcoming Webinars

Addressing the Emerging HCV and Opioid Use Disorder Epidemics

Tuesday, May 7, 3:00-4:00 PM EST

This webinar will provide a national perspective of how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and opioid use disorder epidemics are connected and what health centers can do to address them. We will hear from the CDC about expansion of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and what resources are available to providers. 

Hidden Consequences: The Opioid Epidemic and Rising Hepatitis B Rates

Monday, May 20, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

This webinar will explore the rising rates of acute hepatitis B infection across the U.S. The session will describe populations at risk for hepatitis B infection and discuss rising rates of hepatitis B within the context of the ongoing opioid crisis. Local health departments will discuss efforts to increase hepatitis B testing, vaccination, and linkage to care.

Archived Webinars & Recordings

The Landscape of Hepatitis B in the United States

Presented by NAACHO: March 20, 2019

This webinar discussed the hepatitis B epidemic across the nation, emphasizing communities at high risk for infection, routes of transmission, test results, case reporting, vaccines, and local health department prevention initiatives. 

HCV Linkage and Navigation to Cure

Presented by NASTAD: March 27, 2019 

This webinar highlighted models and successful strategies for HCV linkage to care, patient navigation, care coordination, and case management including health department funded, health department staffed, and CBO run.

Blog

NASTAD Hepatitis Testing Partnership

This blog provides an overview of NASTAD’s Hepatitis Testing Partnership coalition that shares best practices, lessons learned, and resource to increase hepatitis testing and linkage to care in the U.S. 

To learn more about and join the partnership or to share examples of effective resources and testing projects that can benefit others working on HCV testing, email hepatitis@nastad.org

Fact Sheets & Toolkits

  • Treatment Action Group released new and updated HCV fact sheets in English and Spanishspecifically for Sofosbuvir/daclatasvir & Mayvyret. 
  •  Hepatitis Education Project’s Medical Case Management Toolkit: The purpose of the toolkit is to support organizations interested in starting or expanding medical case management services to improve outcomes for people infected with HCV. Take a look at HEP’s 5-Step HCV MCM model!
  • National HIV Prevention Conference Abstract Book: March 17th– 22ndhosted by CDC in Atlanta, GA. The conference allowed in-person collaboration between researchers and program personnel working in HIV prevention. See hepatitis specific session in the abstract book:D02, C12, C03, SS13.

Upcoming Meetings

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) 

CSTE Annual Conference will take place June 1-5 in Raleigh, NC. Conference attendees meet and share their best practices and expertise in surveillance and epidemiology expanding across several areas: informatics, infectious disease, substance use, immunizations, chronic disease, occupational health, and maternal and child health. NASTAD is co-sponsoring a Hepatitis C surveillance workshop on Sunday, June 2 titled Strengthening the Surveillance Infrastructure to plan for Elimination. Early bird registration ends May 1, 2019.

2019 National Sexual Health Conference 

The 2019 National Sexual Health Conference will take place July 10-12 in Chicago, IL. The conference aims to create opportunities to share information, efforts, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care, among others. Registration is currently open

United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)

The 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will be held September 5-8, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington DC. The national plan to end the HIV epidemic will be the focus of this year’s conference. The AIDS Institute and NASTAD are excited to co-host the hepatitis pathway again this year, which will consist of four 2-hour sessions on a variety of topics related to the intersection of hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. If you are interested in presenting during the pathway, please email Alyssa Kitlas (akitlas@nastad.org) and Franklin Hood (fhood@theaidsinstitute.org) by end of day (11:59 PM ET) on Monday May 6, 2019 with a brief description (no more than 250 words) of your proposed presentation. Submissions are strongly encouraged from members of communities directly affected by HIV and hepatitis and should be designed for a national audience.

Job Opportunities

Viral Hepatitis Research Fellow, NIH, Maryland

The National Institutes of Health, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Department is hiring a postdoctoral position in HVB virology and pathogenesis of hepatitis B and C. This posting is open until hired. 

Program Coordinator, State of South Carolina

Richland County, SC is hiring a Program Coordinator to manage comprehensive STD/HIV/viral hepatitis capacity building programs, including annual needs assessment plus subsequent planning, implementation and evaluation of trainings, technical assistance and technology transfer to DHEC staff and community partners. 

Staff Analyst, City of Houston

The Houston Health Department is hiring a full-time Staff Analyst in the HIV/STD & Viral Hepatitis Prevention section. Closes May 5, 2019. 

Requests for Information

Hepatitis A PSA

Has your health department developed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for television broadcast, providing information on hepatitis A in response to the national outbreak? If so, please email Nicholas Labrie and copy hepatitis@nastad.org

For anyone seeking tools/resources/information, please reach out to hepatitis@nastad.org and we will respond in a timely fashion to assist with your request. 

Tool of the Month

Do you know your Hepatitis ABCs? Check out this educational resource from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health!

News Bulletin

Articles of interest

 Analysis of Adherence to AllOral HCV Therapy in a Cohort of People who Inject Drugs (PWID)

“The benefits of more effective and better tolerated all-oral regimens will only be achieved with proper strategies to ensure adherence in this population (PWID)… These data directly address one of the major concerns about increasing availability of HCV treatment among PWID and lend further support to the expansion of such programs in clinical practice.”

Hepatitis A Outbreak in California—Addressing the Root Cause

“Homeless people’s often-poor underlying health, high prevalence of risky health-related behaviors, and poor access to nonemergency health care increase their susceptibility to infectious disease and heighten its severity and complicate disease control. In response to the recent hepatitis outbreak, there has been a campaign to vaccinate and educate people at risk and to provide portable hygiene facilities, disinfected with bleach, in areas where homeless people congregate.”

Notes from the Field: Acute Hepatitis A Virus Infection Among Previously Vaccinated Persons with HIV Infection—Tennessee, 2018

Confirmed HAV cases reported to TDH during an ongoing HAV outbreak during December 1, 2017–September 20, 2018, were reviewed to identify patients with HIV coinfection. Data gathered from case report forms, surveillance databases, and medical records were used to evaluate HIV status and HAV vaccination history.”

Editorial 

New England Journal of Medicine*

Organs from Hepatitis C Virus—Positive Donors

“…expansion includes the use of organs obtained from donors with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in candidates for transplantation who do not have HCV infection — so-called HCV-mismatched transplantation…The published results of research involving limited numbers of HCV-mismatched transplantations have been favorable and have encouraged acceptance of a broad pool of donors.”

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