Happy Holidays from NVHR!
The NVHR Staff and Steering Committee wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. This has been another landmark year in viral hepatitis advocacy, including the first National Hepatitis Testing Day, the release of $10 million in hepatitis B and C testing grants around the country, and the lifesaving CDC recommendations on hepatitis C testing of Baby Boomers. However, we continue to face many challenges, particularly in this tough economic and political climate. It is more important than ever that we unite and demand that our elected and administrative officials do everything they can to fight the viral hepatitis epidemic. We thank you for all you do and look forward to working with you in the New Year to advocate, educate, and spread awareness!
NVHR Responds to USPSTF Hepatitis B Research Plan
On November 5, 2012, NVHR submitted public comments to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in response to its draft research plan to guide its review of hepatitis B screening in non-pregnant adolescents and adults. NVHR expressed our strong support for increased hepatitis B screening among at risk populations. You can read our comments here.
We will continue to advocate strongly for improved recommendations on hepatitis B testing as the USPSTF continues its process.
USPSTF Action Center
The deadline is fast approaching for submitting public comment to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urging it to change its “C” grade for hepatitis C testing of Baby Boomers to a “B.” If you haven’t yet submitted your comments, please do so before the December 24th
deadline. You can find everything you need to craft your message, including sample language and step-by-step instructions, at NVHR’s USPSTF Action Center here.
NVHR partners with Community Initiatives
NVHR recently entered into a partnership with Community Initiatives (CI), an organization in San Francisco that serves as a fiscal sponsor to unincorporated non-profits. This allows NVHR staff to focus on advancing our mission and projects, while receiving expert fiscal, human resource, and grant managements services from CI. For more information about Community Initiatives, visit their website at www.communityin.org