According to the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020, approximately 3.5 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the United States. Approximately 75% were born between 1945 and 1965 and are unaware of the infection.
Substance use disorder treatment and recovery professionals have a unique role to play given the increased risk for hepatitis C transmission among people with substance use disorders, particularly among those with intravenous drug use.
Increasing Hepatitis C Knowledge for Behavioral Health and Medical Providers Training
Mid-America ATTC is happy to announce that the updated Increasing Hepatitis C Knowledge for Medical and Behavioral Health and Medical Providers training is now available for providers in IA, KS, MO, and NE! The training is designed to instruct behavioral health and health care professionals about opportunities for promoting HCV screening and testing, treatment options and considerations, and linking persons infected to HCV health care. This course also includes the impact of the opioid epidemic on HCV and will be tailored according to your location.
The training format is available in a 3 or 5-hour training for 10-35 people. If you are interested in the training or would like more information, click to download the application or contact Bree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HCV Snapshot: Introduction to Hepatitis C for Health Care Professionals (Revised)
This free 90-minute online course is designed to familiarize medical and behavioral health professionals with Hepatitis C. After the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe populations at increased risk for hepatitis C
- Differentiate hepatitis C from A and B, and review transmission, symptoms, testing, and curability
- Describe the screening process and the importance of your role in addressing patient concerns and improving outcomes
- Review factors influencing treatment, current and emerging treatment options, and patients' treatment concerns.