2017 National Hepatitis Technical Assistance Meeting

November 28th, 2017 | 08:00am EST to November 30th, 2017 | 12:30pm EST

NASTAD's 2017 National Hepatitis Technical Assistance Meeting provided technical assistance and educational opportunities for health department hepatitis staff as well as time for networking with one another and with invited colleagues from the federal government, Industry and partner organizations. Slides from the presentations can be downloaded below. 

Plenary Presentations

The Road to Hepatitis Elimination: This session explored the current political, public health, and treatment landscape from the perspective of how we will achieve our collective goal of ending the hepatitis epidemics.

Panelists:  Shruti H. Mehta, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (slides); Jono Mermin , Director CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (slides); Donald Davis, Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition

Perspectives on the Role of Treatment in Hepatitis C Elimination: This session highlights the challenges to universal access to HCV treatment and included presentations from a federal health program administrator, clinician, advocate, and consumer.

Panelists: Laura Cheever, Associate Administrator HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (slides); Annette Guadino, HCV/HIV Project Co-Director Treatment Action Group (slides); Navin Vij, Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Christina Care Health System

Breakout Sessions

Health Equity Approach to Hepatitis B and C: This session explored programs developed to meet the prevention and/or care needs of populations most impacted by hepatitis B and/or C.

Panelists: Mahelet Kebede, Manager, Health Care Access NASTAD (slides); Corinna Dan, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (slides); Thaddeus Pham, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator Hawaii State Department of Health (slides)

Core Surveillance for Hepatitis: This session included considerations for minimum surveillance activities, examples of core surveillance, and resources that are available to support health departments.

Panelists: Brooke Beaulieu, Program Analyst II Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) (slides);  Jack Hildick-Smith, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator Philadelphia Department of Public Health (slides); Lindsey Sizemore, Viral Hepatitis Program Director Tennessee Department of Health (slides)

Working Session: Integrating Hepatitis into the Opioid Response: This session included opportunities for participants to develop a strategy for integrating hepatitis (and other infectious diseases) into their jurisdiction’s opioid response. 

Expanding Partnerships to Eliminate Hepatitis Among PWID: This session explored different models for working with key partners to eliminate hepatitis among PWID. 

Panelists: Jude Leahy, Adult Viral Hepatitis Coordination, Oregon Health Authority; Donald Davis, Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition; Josh Swatek, Adult Viral Hepatitis Coordinator New Mexico Department of Health

Eliminating HCV in People Living with HIV: This session included presentations on initiatives to increase the cure rate of HCV among people co- infected with HIV.

Panelists: Susan Robilotto, Medical Officer HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (slides); Amanda Bowes, Manager, Health Care Access NASTAD (slides); Alex Shirreffs, HIV/HCV Project Coordinator Philadelphia Department of Public Health (slides)

Working Session: Creating an HCV Cure Cascade: This session will provide participants with action steps and suggestions for developing an HCV Cure Cascade in their jurisdiction.

Moderator: Danica Kuncio, Philadelphia Department of Public Health (slides)

Hepatitis Testing and Linkage to Care: This session explored lessons learned from HIV testing programs, examples from states on how they expanded their hepatitis testing and linkage to care programs, and what support is available nationally through NASTAD’s Hepatitis Testing Partnership.

Panelists: Liisa Randall, Director, Office of Health Care Planning Massachusetts Department of Public Health (slides); Cathy Goff, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Director Tennessee Department of Health (slides); Rachel McLean, Chief, Office of Viral Hepatitis Prevention California Department of Public Health (slides); Alyssa Kitlas, Manager, Hepatitis NASTAD (slides)

Advances in Hepatitis Surveillance: This session explored innovations such as using molecular surveillance to identify clusters in outbreaks and using negative reports to inform linkage to care activities.

Panelists: Joseph Coyle, Viral Hepatitis, HAI, TB, and Body Art Licensure Section Manager Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (slides); Angelica Bocour, Director of Viral Hepatitis Surveillance New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (slides); Mary Kleinman, Epidemiologist/Evaluator Maryland Department of Health (slides); Brionna Hair, Epidemiologist Baltimore City Health Department (slides)

Working Session: Building a Hepatitis Coalition: This session provided an opportunity for participants to develop a work plan to begin organizing or strengthening a hepatitis coalition in their jurisdiction.

Working Session: Preparing for Hepatitis Outbreaks-Assessing Vulnerability and Strengthening Community Engagement: This session explored how health departments are preparing for future hepatitis outbreaks, including how they are assessing risk within their communities and states as well as how they are engaging key community stakeholders to plan for such events.

Panelists: E. Sue Cantrell, District Director LENOWISCO Health District, Virginia (slides)

Getting the Word Out: How Viral Hepatitis Programs Can Improve Cross-Sector Communications: This session explored different ways to message testing recommendations and strategies for developing communications materials and conducting educational outreach.

Panelists: Amanda Carnes, Health Communication Specialist CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis (slides); Sally Bouse, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator Oklahoma State Department of Health (slides); Kyle Taylor, Senior Manager, Communications NASTAD (slides)

Public Health and Healthcare Integration: This session highlighted examples of innovative partnerships from NASTAD, New York City, and Washington.

Panelists: Marie Bresnahan, Director, Project INSPIRE New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (slides); Nicole Dronen, Business Development Specialist Washington State Department of Health (slides); Edwin Corbin Gutierrez, Senior Manager, Health Systems Integration NASTAD (slides)