Viral Hepatitis

Engaging Faith-Based Groups to Address Viral Hepatitis—Archived Webinar Materials Now Available!

The Partnership Center

Hepatitis B and C affect as many as 2.2 million and 5.3 million people, respectively, from all walks of life and across the United States.  To be successful, our national response to viral hepatitis requires that all parts of society participate, including faith communities.  Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of…

Report Concludes Elimination of Hepatitis B & C in U.S. Feasible

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Yesterday the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States: Phase One Report , which affirms that it would be possible to eliminate hepatitis in the U.S. with the right resources, commitment, and strategy. Importantly, the report also concluded that in the…

Understanding the Magnitude of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemics in the United States

Rich Wolitski - headshot - March 2016

In March I had the honor of meeting with an inspirational group of advocates, leaders and researchers who had come to Washington to educate lawmakers about viral hepatitis and its impact on our nation. Their braveness and authenticity was moving. They told their personal stories about living with viral hepatitis, the frustrating experiences with healthcare…

Setting a Path Towards HCV Elimination in the Cherokee Nation: Government, Academia, and Pharma Collaboration

VH blog - Sally Blouse - April 8 2016

An innovative, multi-party collaborative effort, Hepatitis C in Native Oklahoma: Optimizing Care and Setting a Path Towards Elimination of Disease and Disparity, launched recently to respond to high rates of hepatitis C in the Cherokee Nation (CN). The goal of the new initiative is to eliminate HCV and improve the health of American Indians in…

Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Federal Viral Hepatitis Leadership group - March 2016

Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

President Obama Addresses Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

President Obama - RX Summit

In remarks delivered at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, this afternoon President Obama discussed a range of actions being taken to address the nation’s prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. This epidemic involves increases in unsafe and unsterile injection practices, which put people who inject drugs at high risk…

HHS Releases Guidance for Syringe Services Programs

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal…

Sharing Lessons as We Develop New Site

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As promoters for the use of digital tools in the response to HIV and viral hepatitis, we often share examples of specific tools and resources once they are available. But we are also always curious to learn and share lessons about what goes into developing such digital tools. So as we embark on developing a…