Welcome to the NVHR Program Page

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NVHR’s program provides hepatitis C education, training, coalition building, and capacity building. The program was established in 2013, and Tina Broder, Program Director, has developed the program into a nationally recognized venue for health care providers, public health representatives, community organizations, and advocates to share best practices in hepatitis C screening and linkage to care for baby boomers and others at risk, particularly people who inject drugs. Bekeela Davila has recently joined NVHR staff as a Program Coordinator to support expanded programmatic activities.  


NVHR’s program initiatives include:

  • Conducting educational webinars
  • Producing fact sheets, including a series about HCV-related health conditions that occur outside the liver
  • Attending national conferences to disseminate information
  • Connecting members of the HCV community including patients, community organizations, physicians and pharmacists
  • Providing NVHR members with capacity-building activities, technical assistance, and resources
  • Partnering with other organizations to help people at risk for or living with hepatitis C get access to care, treatment and education


Program Priority Areas

Hepatitis C – It’s About More than Liver Disease

This project aims to increase awareness about HCV-related health conditions that occur outside the liver. Up to 74% of HCV-infected individuals experience at least one HCV-related health condition that affects a part of the body other than the liver.  A few examples include kidney disease, depression, various skin conditions, and lymphoma. These conditions can have serious impacts on a patient’s health, even without severe damage to the liver. Therefore, it is necessary to recognize these health conditions as part of HCV disease progression so that early treatment can be initiated.


More Than Tested, Cured – Overcoming Barriers to HCV Care

NVHR is partnering with the  Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, and the Urban Survivors Union on an innovative project to address the most significant personal and systemic barriers to hepatitis C care faced by people who use drugs, including stigma. The project addresses barriers at three points along the hepatitis C cascade by educating patients, primary care providers, and specialty providers and will share findings, materials, and lessons learned throughout the year.


Education, Coalition Building, and Technical Assistance

Through identifying and sharing best practices, NVHR expands the capacity of community organizations, health care providers, and public health officials to provide hepatitis C screening and linkage to care services. NVHR provides resources to existing partners and cultivates relationships with new allied health care providers through development of materials, presentations at conferences, and webinars. NVHR also has a partnership with Dr. Stacey Trooskin, Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs at Philadelphia FIGHT, which enables NVHR to reach a wider audience of physicians and other healthcare providers.

NVHR has also expanded its topic-specific coalitions to include HCV Treaters (a working group of hepatitis C providers) along with the HCV Working Group (community organizations, health care providers, and public health officials sharing best practices in screening and linkage to care) and the Pharmacy Working Group (focuses on the role of clinical pharmacists and community pharmacies in expanding hepatitis B and C awareness, vaccination, screening, linkage to care, and treatment). 


Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini-Grants 

NVHR’s Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini-Grants enhance the capacity of NVHR’s members and partners to conduct education, testing, and linkage to care in their local communities. In 2017, NVHR has expanded its program by providing seven mini-grants in the amount of $10,000 each for one-year projects. Awardees will share successes, best practices, and lessons learned with each other and via the NVHR website and on a national webinar following the end of the grant period.