Ronni became a Hepatitis C advocate due to the lack of education and support she experienced while being diagnosed and treated. For 18 years, she ran a support group at the NYU Medical Center and 9 years ago, she started her own organization – The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group.  She now travels nationwide educating and training to help create The Circle Model, so Hepatitis C patients have access to information and supportive services, including harm reduction strategies, helping them manage and overcome Hepatitis C and/or co infection with HIV. She hopes the summit will strengthen the Hepatitis C community and provide a platform for patient voices.