Community-based Programs to Test and Cure Hepatitis C (CDC-RFA-PS14-1413)

Period Length: 4 years

This program is intended to strengthen health-care capacity to diagnose and cure hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection through implementation of a package of services in a target population with HCV-related health disparities. A coalition of key stakeholders (i.e., health departments, specialists in HCV care, and primary-care providers) was funded to develop and implement these services. Expected outcomes include increased primary-care provider capacity to diagnose and cure HCV infection (including increased use of electronic medical records); increased availability of population-level data (for assessment of community impact); and meeting or exceeding targets for testing (i.e., at least 10,000 persons), diagnosis, and cure.

CDC has awarded funding for three projects in:

  • Chicago, IL – University of Chicago
    (Project title: Hepatitis C Community Alliance to Test and Treat in Chicago)
  • Baltimore, MD – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    (Project title: Maryland proposal to build capacity of providers to test for hepatitis C, link infected patients to care, and ensure receipt of treatment leading to sustained viral suppression)
  • Seattle, WA – Public Health – Seattle & King County
    (Project title: Public Health – Seattle & King County HCV Test and Cure Project


Funding for the four-year project period is expected to be approximately $4.5M each year.

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