Hepatitis Awareness Month Weekly Message 4

 
 
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Dear Colleagues:

During this fourth week of Hepatitis Awareness Month and on the heels of the success of the first-ever observance of Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2012, our Federal partners continued to lend support to the public, patient and provider education efforts called for in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan with the release of these new messages and tools:

 

·    Statement by Dr. Howard Koh – In advance of Hepatitis Testing Day, the Assistant Secretary for Health issued a statement to generate awareness about the observance and CDC’s new online hepatitis risk assessment tool. 

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    CDC Issued Request for Comment on Proposed HCV Screening Recommendation for Baby Boomers – They announced the recommendation via a press release and also produced a Dear Colleague letter from Dr. Fenton and Dr. Ward, a factsheet, and downloadable graphics with key data about hepatitis C in the US and among “Baby Boomers” (example at right).

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    CDC released a $6.5 million funding opportunity announcement to expand testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, increase earlier diagnosis of individuals with infections, and enhance linkage to care, treatment and preventive services for people living with these infections.

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    CDC also launched a new e-card to raise awareness of hepatitis B in the Asian American community.  

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    Finally, a number of the Federal partners implementing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan featured Hepatitis Awareness Month and/or Hepatitis Testing Day on their homepages last week, including the very high traffic HHS and  CDC homepages as well as CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TBD Prevention, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, and the Office of Minority Health.  

     

    Please consider sharing the messages and tools above with your colleagues, grantees, providers and other networks to extend the reach of these messages and tools still further. Also, encourage colleagues and grantees to respond to the request for comments and to consider applying for this new viral hepatitis funding opportunity.

     

    Finally, a big THANK YOU to the organizers and supporters of the nearly 100 Hepatitis Testing Day events that were registered on the Hepatitis Testing Day website and hosted throughout the month of May! This is a fantastic response for a first-time effort and illustrates the enthusiasm of diverse organizations from across the country for joining in heightened collaborative efforts to address viral hepatitis in the United States. We look forward to continuing to work with our local community and national partners.

     

    Thank you for all of your assistance in ensuring widespread dissemination of these messages and tools and the success of Hepatitis Awareness Month.

     

    Sincerely,

      

    Corinna Dan, RN, MPH

    Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor

    Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statement to generate awareness about the observance and CDC’s new online hepatitis risk assessment tool.

  • CDC Issued Request for Comment on Proposed HCV Screening Recommendation for Baby Boomers – They announced the recommendation via a press release and also produced a Dear Colleague letter from Dr. Fenton and Dr. Ward, a factsheet, and downloadable graphics with key data about hepatitis C in the US and among “Baby Boomers” (example at right).
  • CDC released a $6.5 million funding opportunity announcement to expand testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C, increase earlier diagnosis of individuals with infections, and enhance linkage to care, treatment and preventive services for people living with these infections.
  • CDC also launched a new e-card to raise awareness of hepatitis B in the Asian American community.
  • Finally, a number of the Federal partners implementing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan featured Hepatitis Awareness Month and/or Hepatitis Testing Day on their homepages last week, including the very high traffic HHS and CDC homepages as well as CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TBD Prevention, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, and the Office of Minority Health.

Please consider sharing the messages and tools above with your colleagues, grantees, providers and other networks to extend the reach of these messages and tools still further. Also, encourage colleagues and grantees to respond to the request for comments and to consider applying for this new viral hepatitis funding opportunity.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to the organizers and supporters of the nearly 100 Hepatitis Testing Day events that were registered on the Hepatitis Testing Day website and hosted throughout the month of May! This is a fantastic response for a first-time effort and illustrates the enthusiasm of diverse organizations from across the country for joining in heightened collaborative efforts to address viral hepatitis in the United States. We look forward to continuing to work with our local community and national partners.

Thank you for all of your assistance in ensuring widespread dissemination of these messages and tools and the success of Hepatitis Awareness Month.

Sincerely,

Corinna Dan, RN, MPH
Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services