Over 5 million people in the United States are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) and persons with mental health and substance use disorders face an increased risk for infection, yet many are unaware of their status.

The Great Lakes ATTC is part of HCV Current, a national ATTC Regional Center initiative to increase the knowledge and capacity of medical and behavioral health professionals to treat persons with HCV. HCV Current offers online and in-person training, downloadable provider tools, and region-specific resources.  

To learn more about the national initiative, visit www.attcnetwork.org/projects/HCV_Home.aspx


CDC Releases Guide for Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing
The availability of increasingly effective therapies for hepatitis C risks, creating the illusion that this endemic is under control and is being remedied. As with all medical interventions, the availability of such treatments is meaningless unless the population at need is identified, and the treatment is applied. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two new guides on Hepatitis C counseling and testing for public health and primary care settings recently. Both resources provide contextual information about the spread and prevalence of Hepatitis C, in addition to summarizing clinical procedures for testing and treating individuals with Hepatitis C. The CDC recommends any current and past users of injection drugs, recipients of transfusions or organ transplants, and health care workers receive testing for Hepatitis C.  (Source: May 19, 2015 issue of ASAM Weekly: The Voice of Addiction Medicine)

HCV By the Numbers:

HCV Resources in HHS Region 5:

In addition to the resources offered by the national HCV Current initiative, the Great Lakes ATTC has compiled a list of HCV regional contacts equipped to assist medical and behavioral health professionals. Each state has a Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These CDC Coordinators, as well as other key regional contacts, are listed by state below.

Illinois        Indiana        Michigan        Minnesota       Ohio       Wisconsin



Lesli Choat
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Illinois Department of Public Health
Office of Health Protection
Division of Infectious Diseases
535 W Jefferson St 
Springfield IL, 62761
P: 217.782.2747
E: lesli.choat@ilinois.gov
Jacqueline Dominguez
American Liver Foundation
Great Lakes Division
67 East Madison St,
Suite 1614
Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312.377.9030
E: jdominguez@liverfoundation.org
Jill Wolf, LCSW
Hepatitis C Program Director
Caring Ambassadors Program, Inc.
Hepatitis C Program
P.O. Box 1748
Oregon City, OR 97045
NOTE: Also work out of Chicago
P: 503 632 9032
E: jill@caringambassadors.org


Brittany M. Gross, MPH
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Indiana State Department of Health, surveillance and Investigation Division
2 North Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317 233 7627
E: bgross@isdh.in.gov


Charde Fisher, MSW
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Michigan Department of Community Health, Bureau of Disease Control, Prevention and Epidemiology, HIV/STD/VH/TB Epidemiology Section
Capital View Building 201 Townsend, 5th floor Lansing, MI  48933
P: 517 241 3099
E: fisherc6@michigan.gov


Kristen Sweet
Hepatitis Unit Manager
Minnesota Department of Health, Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control, Hepatitis Unit
625 Robert St. North St Paul, MN 55164
651 201 4035
Email:  kristin.sweet@state.mn.us


Kathleen Koechlin, PhD, MPH, RN
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB
246 North High St. Columbus, OH 43215
614 644 2714 or 752 9499
Email:  kathleen.koechlin@odh.ohio.gov


Sheila M. Guilfoyle
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health. AIDS/ HIV Program
1 West Wilson Street P.O. Box 2659 Madison, WI 53701
608 266 5819
Email:  sheila.guilfoyle@wi.gov