Hepatitis C

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 held a virtual 3-part training on Hepatitis C basics. This presentation targets people who work in substance use treatment facilities and similar behavioral healthcare professionals who are interested in expanding services involving Hepatitis C testing and treatment in their organization. 

After the training participants will be able to:

  • Review the basics of Hepatitis transmission and local/national viral Hepatitis trends
  • Explain Hepatitis C testing and treatment protocols
  • Identify tools to integrate testing and treatment into healthcare settings

 

HCV Resources in HHS Region 7

 

Iowa Resources

Name:

Biz McChesney

Affiliation:

HIV and Hepatitis Prevention Program Manager

Email:

biz.mcchesney@iowa.gov

Phone:

 515-242-5149

Website:

https://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/hep

 

Name:

Shane Scharer

Affiliation:

Hepatitis Data Coordinator

Email:

shane.scharer@idph.iowa.gov

Phone:

 515-281-5027

Website:

https://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/hep

 

Kansas Resources

Name:

Dominique Saunders

Affiliation:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment   

Email:

dsaunders@kdheks.gov

Phone:

785-296-0752

Website:

https://www.kdheks.gov/sti_hiv/hepatitis.htm

 

Missouri Resources

Name:

Christine Sewell

Affiliation:

Hep C Alliance    

Email:

christine@hepcalliance.org

Phone:

573-442-6599

Website:

http://hepcalliance.org/

 

Name: 

Tara McKinney

Affiliation: 

Viral Hepatitis Director

Email: 

tara.mckinney@health.mo.gov

Phone:

573-526-6640

Website: 

https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/hepatitis.php

 

Nebraska Resources

Name:

Tammy Wenz

Affiliation:

Nebraska DHHS

Email:

Tammy.wenz@nebraska.gov 

Phone:

Website:

402-471-8252

http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Hepatitis.aspx

 

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.

Click here to go to online course.

 
For more information on Region 7 Hepatitis C resources, please contact Erika Holliday at hollidaye@umkc.edu.