Viral Hepatitis Networking, Capacity Building, and Training (CDC-RFA- PS16-1608)

Project Period Length: 5 Years

Funding: approximately $800,000/year

This cooperative agreement will support projects to increase in the identification of people with chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection by (1) leading and growing a national coalition to address the public health challenge of chronic viral hepatitis through training and technical assistance to conduct culturally competent outreach, extending the reach of CDC’s national campaigns, and enhancing testing and linkage to care in high risk communities, and (2) developing up-to-date, comprehensive web-based, hepatitis materials, resources, and trainings for health professionals. CDC has awarded funding for three projects.

Hepatitis B Foundation

Through the CDC cooperative agreement, Hepatitis B Foundation is providing capacity building, training, and technical assistance and supports Hep B United, a national coalition of organizations that work with or serve Asian Americans.  Hep B United addresses the public health challenge of hepatitis B through increasing hepatitis B awareness, testing, vaccination and linkage to care in high risk communities across the U.S.  Activities include coalition building, webinars, mini grants, peer mentoring, a national hepatitis B storytelling campaign, and annual summits. Hepatitis B Foundation also promotes use of materials and messages from the multi-lingual Know Hepatitis B Campaign. icon

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)

Through this CDC cooperative agreement, NASTAD is leading, implementing and facilitating the Hepatitis Testing Partnership and Learning Collaborative which is accelerating coordinated strategies in states and communities through expanding a national, state and local coalition network. The Hepatitis Testing Partnership is comprised of public health agencies, community-based organizations, health systems, primary care providers, community health centers, liver disease specialists, substance use and mental health service providers, harm reduction coalitions, hepatitis C coalitions, advocates and patients working together to increase hepatitis C testing and linkage to care. Through the Learning Collaborative, NASTAD is providing capacity building assistance to a smaller group of targeted jurisdictional teams to improve testing and linkage to care strategies for a variety of audiences and environments while sharing learning experiences with the broader national coalition.
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University of Washington

Through the cooperative agreement, the University of Washington National Hepatitis Training Center has created Hepatitis C Online. Hepatitis C Online Course is a self-study, interactive course on hepatitis C virus infection. Intended for medical providers, content covers the following topics: Screening & Diagnosis of Hepatitis C; Evaluation, Staging, and Monitoring of Chronic Hepatitis C; Management of Cirrhosis-related Complications; Evaluation and Preparation for Hepatitis C Treatment; Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C; and Treatment for Special Populations and Special Situations, as well as dedicated sections for HCV medications, clinical calculators (APRI, MELD, Glasgow Coma Scale, etc.), and master bibliography. Free CME credit and free CNE credit are offered.
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