Latinos and Hepatitis C: Where We Are and What We Need to Do
The current urgency in behavioral health care is the opioid crisis in the US. Unfortunately, not enough is being said about the consequent increased rates of hepatitis C (HCV) infections and its disproportionate impact on the Latino and Hispanic population, a traditionally underrepresented community in research and data collecting. Although injection drug use is the most efficient and prevalent form of HCV transmission, other risk groups include Latino MSMs, Hispanic baby boomers, and those living with or at risk for HIV.
This webinar will discuss how the opioid epidemic has inflated rates of hepatitis C infections amongst Latino persons. Content will provide a brief overview of HCV, the need to address inequitable access to screening, diagnosis and linkage to health care, and will further inform on effective strategies to address hepatitis C with the Latino and Hispanic population.
Presenter: Diana Padilla, Program Manager, RCR, CASAC-T NDRI-USA / NeC ATTC
Updated National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020
The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) is a new phase in the fight against viral hepatitis in the United States. The updated plan outlines four major goals, strategies to achieve those goals, and indicators to help track progress between now and 2020.
This webinar will walk participants through the Action Plan, discuss new emerging issues related to the high incidences in Viral Hepatitis and introduce a tool designed to conduct strategic planning efforts for Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C (HCV).
Presenter: Lissette Marrero, MSW, Regional Resource Consultant; U.S. Department of Health and Human Service; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region II
Viral Hepatitis Overview
The Webinar will review important facts about Viral Hepatitis, focusing more specifically on Hepatitis C. We will provide an overview in terms of the “WHY” we are highlighting the topic. We will discuss the consequences this infectious inflammatory process and more than a presentation on epidemiology, signs and symptoms and treatment, the presenter will explain how Viral Hepatitis causes acute and chronic inflammation, leading to morbidity and mortality.
Presenter: Dr. Richard Torres, MD, MPH, FACP, FACGS, AAHIVM Associate Professor of Medicine Yale University School of Medicine Urban Health Plan, Inc., Associate Medical Director for Community and Public Health
Community Voice: Aracelis Quinones speaks about her own experience with Hep C
Araceli Quinones speaks about her experience of having been diagnosed with hepatitis, treatment experiences and cure. Do you or someone you know have hepatitis? This is a first-hand opportunity to ask questions and chat with Aracelis.
Presenter: Aracelis Quiñones, Poder Latino/U=U Coordinator, Vida Positiva Consultant, Advocate, Latino Commission on AIDS