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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is currently completing the first segment of a project that aims to gather support for the hepatitis B birth dose in New York City. The overall project will encourage hospitals and birthing centers to adopt a universal hepatitis B birth dose policy, as well as guide […]

Summary: The NYC Department of Health has announced the receipt of a new grant from the Federal government to improve treatment for hepatitis C. The grant will allow the Health Department, in conjunction with the Fund for Public Health in New York, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, VNSNY Choice […]

Film | Bronx Premiere of “The Fix”

July 23, 2014 | Comments Off

  The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Division of Substance of Abuse invites you to the Bronx Premiere of “The Fix”! Friday, September 5th   THE FIX – THE HEALING IS MUTUAL By Laura Naylor Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2014 SOHO International Film Festival, The FIX follows the story […]

NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Week Press Release   The Council of the City of New York Office of Communications City Hall New York, NY 10007 July 21, 2014 Contact: Sam Spokony [Chin]: 212-788-7259, [email protected] Jefferey LeFrancois [Johnson]: 212-564-7757, [email protected] Jonathan Chung [Koo]: 718-888-8747, [email protected] COUNCIL MEMBERS CHIN, JOHNSON AND KOO JOIN HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES […]

NYS Hep C Testing Bill (A9124A): In Assembly

July 23, 2014 | Comments Off

Bill A9124A will enable New York State nurse practitioners and physicians to administer tests to determine the presence of hepatitis C in patients without a patient-specific standing order. Background: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates that 146,500 individuals are living with chronic hepatitis C in NYC, and approximately half are unaware […]

Public Health Solutions is seeking to fill a full time Health Insurance Navigator position to help children and families in Northern Queens obtain free or low-cost health insurance coverage by providing one-on-one assistance with the application process. The position calls for someone who is bilingual in Spanish and English and willing to work from multiple […]

July 21, 2014: NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Press Conference   Join us on the Steps of City Hall to raise awareness and in recognition of the first-ever NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Week (July 21-27) and World Hepatitis Day (July 28)! You don’t need to be an expert to be an advocate–showing up is all you have […]

CDC National Prevention Information Network is hosting a Twitter chat on July 17 in preparation for National African American Hepatitis C Action Day. Please see the invitation below for details.   Please join CDC National Prevention Information Network for an upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 2PM – 3PM ET. We will […]

Newly released: NYC Dept of Health Commissioner Hep C Dear Colleague Letter NYC DOHMH COH Hep C Dear Colleague Letter 2014 (pdf)   June 2014 Dear Colleague: We are at a turning point in the fight against hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.  Across the nation, HCV now causes more deaths annually than HIV and remains a leading […]

Thank you to those who have already submitted abstracts to the 2014 NYC HCV Research Consortium. Fortunately, the abstract submission window will remain open for a few more days. The updated abstract submission deadline is August 4 at 12:00 PM. Abstracts should be submitted according to the consortium guidelines for abstract submission to [email protected]   Please mark your calendars […]

  SIGN UP HERE (Volunteers get a free World Hepatitis Day t-shirt!) CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!VOLUNTEER FOR WORLD HEPATITIS DAY- Monday, July 28th Join Team HBV on July 28 as we raise awareness on World Hepatitis Day! The day will be split into a two-part event:   Part A (10AM-11AM): 5 Borough Viral Hepatitis Awareness Event Locations:  Brooklyn: […]

We are excited to be sponsoring the first ever NYC Hepatitis B Awareness Week from July 21st to the 27th, culminating on the 28th with World Hepatitis Day. Get involved by attending events throughout the week! Awareness and advocacy are especially important now, because the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2013 (HR 3723) is sitting in the Energy […]

Overview: CMS has finalized its decision to reimburse for HCV screening in primary care settings, for individuals who are Medicare eligible and either “high risk” or born between 1945-1965. “High risk” is defined as persons with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use; and persons who have a history of receiving a blood transfusion […]

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has updated their 2004 recommendation on hepatitis B screening and now recommends screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) in non-pregnant adolescents and adults at high risk for infection, which may include: Those born in countries where the prevalence of HBV infection is 2% or greater Those born in the […]

In recognition of Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, The AIDS Institute has released a Hepatitis C (HCV) Testing Coverage Guide to assist health care providers with navigating each of the major healthcare payers’ coverage options for preventive services, specifically for HCV screening. Additionally, the guide will help educate people on the need to get tested […]

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May 2014 NYC Viral Hepatitis Awareness Press Conference Join us on the Steps of City Hall to raise awareness and in recognition of National Hepatitis Awareness Month during May, as well as National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day on May 15, and National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19. When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 (11am-12pm) Where: […]

Hepatitis Awareness Month: May 2014 Events

May 8, 2014 | Comments Off

    May is Hepatitis Awareness Month! Community partners are holding events across NYC this month, to raise awareness and provide free testing to those at risk for viral hepatitis. Find an event in your community! Look for updates on this page and our calendar.   Join us on May 15th for a Press Conference on the […]

New Website Launched on Health System Changes On May 5, CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) launched the Prevention of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Through Health Care Website, an online resource to help state, local, and tribal public health agencies, community-based organizations, and other partners leverage changes in the […]

NY Hep C ‘Baby Boomer’ Testing Law

February 6, 2014 | Comments Off

NYS Hepatitis C Testing Law. 2171 requires healthcare providers to offer hep C test to baby boomers. Requires full diagnostic testing for those who screen anti-body positive and either follow-up health care or referral to a health care provider who can provide follow-up health care. Questions about the law and how it could affect you? Find the answers […]

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., the Commissioner of the New York State Health Department has released a Dear Colleague letter announcing the new Hepatitis C Testing Law.  (Section 2171) The new law, which will take effect January 1st, 2014, mandates that every individual born between 1945 and 1965 be offered a Hepatitis C screening in either […]

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