Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative : 5-years of accomplishments 2008-2012 : Putting viral hepatitis on the map : PS 08-801
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Viral Hepatitis Prevention Initiative : 5-years of accomplishments 2008-2012 : Putting viral hepatitis on the map : PS 08-801

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      Putting viral hepatitis on the map
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      The DVH-funded FOA PS08-801 was intended to integrate primary and secondary viral hepatitis prevention services, education and counseling into health care settings and programs that serve adults at risk for viral hepatitis. The Initiative funded viral hepatitis prevention coordinators (VHPC) in 54 jurisdictions around the country: 49 states (excluding South Dakota) and five major cities (Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City). Funding for these cooperative agreements covered the fiscal years 2008 to 2012. Funding levels were modest but allowed each health department to maintain a dedicated staff person for viral hepatitis. This flexible national program acknowledged the important role that health departments play in mounting a response to viral hepatitis and recognized that each state or city has a different set of needs and access to different resources. Based on the state and local environment, VHPCs tailored their activities to maximize viral hepatitis prevention goals and objectives.

      This report is based on an analysis of the final reports submitted by the VHPCs in all jurisdictions funded by CDC/DVH. Percentages reported here are from answers to 32 specific questions included in the final report guidance from DVH. Examples are from the narrative descriptions of coordinator activities over the 5 year funding period. We selected examples to include in this report based, in part, on geographic diversity. We also have tried to highlight the activities of VHPCs from smaller and more rural states, in addition to those from larger states with additional resources. The sections in this report are based on key themes that emerged from the narratives. The examples focus on what the coordinators accomplished and the methods and strategies they used to make an impact in their states/cities.

      There are 10 sections in the report. Building Blocks of a State/City VHPC Initiative focuses on activities such as formation of advisory groups and development of hepatitis plans, materials, and training. Viral Hepatitis on the Radar describes efforts to raise awareness of hepatitis among the public, media, and stakeholders. Promoting Viral Hepatitis Recommendations describes educational activities intended to promote the IOM Report, the HHS plan, and CDC testing and vaccination guidelines. Collaborating and Coordinating focuses on work conducted with partners in the jurisdictions. Integration Successes describes program collaboration and service integration activities, with a focus on education and training. Facilitating Services discusses how and where viral hepatitis services (vaccination, testing) were put into place. Leveraging Resources describes efforts to fund viral hepatitis activities. Making an Impact describes the many ways coordinators influenced legislation, policies, and local guidelines. The Innovations section focuses on new or creative activities developed by VHPCs. Lessons Learned summarizes the key findings from the 5-year PS08-801 Initiative.

      The accomplishments of these projects support key initiatives of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention: Health Equity, through efforts to improve the health of those disproportionately affected by viral hepatitis, and Program Collaboration and Service Integration, through promotion of improved integration of viral hepatitis prevention with HIV, STD, and TB prevention and treatment services.


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