NASTAD’s Hepatitis team provides guidance and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of state and local health departments to develop, maintain and enhance comprehensive hepatitis programs as they address the continuum from prevention through cure. In 2019, NASTAD launched the Hepatitis Technical Assistance Center (HepTAC). HepTAC is an online technical assistance (TA) and capacity building center for health department hepatitis programs. The primary goal of HepTAC is to build state and local technical expertise and enhance health department capacity to eliminate viral hepatitis. To learn more about HepTAC, visit: https://www.nastad.org/heptac.

The lack of hepatitis specific funding and infrastructure at the state, local, and federal levels, and similarities in populations at risk for or living with hepatitis and/or HIV, has led many health department to integrate hepatitis services into existing programs serving populations at risk for or living with hepatitis. NASTAD incorporated hepatitis into its mission, programmatic and policy work in 2000 and represents the 52 hepatitis prevention coordinators (VHPCs) funded through the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – providing technical assistance and advocating on their behalf.