BUILDING BRIDGES TO REACH PEOPLE WHO INJECT DRUGS WITH THE GOAL TO Eliminate HCV.

This exciting grassroots initiative taps into the strengths and resources of communities in inner-city and metropolitan areas to provide effective therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive people who inject drugs (PWIDs). Live meetings for small, community-based groups of healthcare professionals will offer medical and addiction-services specialists cutting-edge strategies to collaboratively reach and treat HCV-positive PWIDs. Balancing clinical data with real-world experience and insights, these educational events will give participants the opportunity to interact directly with HCV and harm-reduction experts as well as resources to use and share in the practice setting. Strong local HCV-care networks will help build bridges to HCV-infected PWIDs and allow these high-risk individuals access to the care they need and deserve.

Goals of this educational initiative:

Prepare community-based HCV treaters to provide effective therapy for HCV-positive people who inject PWIDs
Increase HCV testing and treatment of PWIDs through proactive risk identification and referral by addiction-services centers
Educate HCV-care specialists and addiction-services personnel regarding harm-reduction principles and prevention of HCV reinfection
Build linkage to HCV-care networks within local/regional systems, drive high treatment and high sustained viral response (SVR) rates, and decrease incidence of HCV infection/reinfection within PWID populations

"Elimination of HCV is possible, but awareness and referral of people who inject drugs is not enough. To truly make an impact, changes need to happen at the community level."

Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH

Director of Viral Hepatitis Program

faculty

Sherilyn Brinkley, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner/Program Manager
Clinical Services and Research, Viral Hepatitis Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Jody Gilmore, MSN, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner
Coordinator, Viral Hepatitis Program
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alain H. Litwin, MD, MPH, MS
Vice Chair of Academics and Research
Department of Medicine
Greenville Health System (GHS)
Greenville, South Carolina

Brianna L. Norton, DO, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Montefiore Medical Center
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, New York

Mark S. Sulkowski, MD
Medical Director, Viral Hepatitis Center
Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH
Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs
Jonathan Lax Treatment Center
Philadelphia FIGHT
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

content

Community-BASED HCV Treaters

Part 1: Keys to Successful Treatment of HCV in People Who Inject Drugs

Part 2: Anatomy of Addiction

COMMUNITY-BASED ADDICTION SERVICES PROVIDERS

resources

Meetings

Philadelphia, PA

Mid-Atlantic AETC Training Center

Part 1 & Part 2

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location:
Health Federation Offices
1211 Chestnut Street
Conference room B – 8th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Consortium Addiction Services

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:
The Consortium
451 S. University Avenue
2nd Floor Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Baltimore, MD

Man Alive
Addiction Services

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:
Man Alive
2117 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21218

Bronx, NY

Meetings anticipated—Stay Tuned

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) INFORMATION

Community-BASED HCV Treaters

Target Audience

This educational initiative is intended for hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists and other clinicians currently treating HCV.

learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, HCV Treaters will be better able to:

COMMUNITY-BASED ADDICTION SERVICES PROVIDERS

Target Audience

This educational initiative is intended for addiction center clinical staff, social-services professionals, case managers, peer educators, peer advocates, and non-clinical office staff.

learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, addiction-services specialists will be better able to:

This activity is jointly provided by Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Integritas Communications.