A letter to our membership concerning Corvid-19

 
 
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Dear friends,

covid-19As the U.S. faces growing numbers of coronavirus cases, I send my utmost appreciation to those of you working on the front lines to protect and care for the most vulnerable among us. NVHR will be compiling resources for organizations seeking to update their viral hepatitis prevention and management practices. If your organization has created protocols for addressing viral hepatitis in light of COVID, and you would like to share these with the rest of the community, please feel free to email them to info@nvhr.org and I will be happy to post them on our website. For those working in the harm reduction space, I direct you to a fantastic resource created by our colleagues, addressing harm reduction practices and operations amid the pandemic. 

Some of you have asked what this pandemic will mean for our viral hepatitis advocacy efforts in 2020. As I often tell lawmakers, diseases do not exist in a vacuum, and as such, nor can our response. While attention and resources are rightfully focused on the COVID response right now, I, along with other federal hepatitis advocates, continue to fight for a comprehensive response to viral hepatitis at the highest levels of our government. As we are currently amid federal appropriations season, we are working day in and day out with members of Congress to ensure our federal agencies receive sufficient funding in 2021 to address viral hepatitis.  

NVHR is also continuing to advocate for viral hepatitis policies at the state level, supporting several states in elimination planning, harm reduction advocacy, and treatment access efforts in Medicaid and correctional settings. While hepatitis advocacy efforts will be moving to more virtual and remote platforms, our activities will continue, and as always, will be much more impactful when done in concert with you. I invite you to attend a webinar today on State Viral Hepatitis Advocacywhich NVHR will be co-hosting with our partners at the Hepatitis B Foundation. It will provide tangible strategies and will feature seasoned viral hepatitis advocates who have had success in their respective jurisdictions. I also invite you to participate in NVHR monthly grassroots advocacy calls to stay abreast of developments in viral hepatitis advocacy as legislative sessions continue. 

Stay tuned for opportunities in the coming weeks and months to engage in viral hepatitis advocacy from the comfort of your home, as NVHR will be launching digital awareness days on social media, holding online briefings, and leading phone banking efforts targeting elected officials. The silver lining of this decentralized approach to advocacy, is that it will create opportunities for you to join us from anywhere in the nation.

Together we can and will continue to drive progress towards hepatitis elimination.  

Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones during these challenging times. And as always, do not hesitate to reach out if NVHR may support you in your activities.

 

In solidarity, 

Lauren 
 

Lauren Canary, MPH
Director | National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
A program of HEP

 

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