The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 – 2020 (Action Plan) identified 11 priority populations that require special considerations because they have higher rates of viral hepatitis and/or are at higher risk for transmitting viral hepatitis. One of the four goals of the Action Plan is to reduce viral hepatitis health disparities. We can achieve the goals of the Action Plan by focusing efforts on these priority populations. These webinars will feature perspectives from community and federal partners working to raise awareness and address viral hepatitis health disparities.
On September 14, 2017 from 3:00-4:30pm ET, the first webinar will feature speakers from the HHS Office of Minority Health, Montefiore Medical Center (New York), public health department and health center staff and patients, and others. This webinar will also include perspectives from members of the priority populations and health care professionals who work with them including:
People who inject drugs (PWID),
People in correctional facilities,
Men who have sex with men (MSM), and
People living with HIV/AIDS.
This is an exciting opportunity to feature personal stories of people who have lived and/or supported patients with viral hepatitis to increase awareness and enhance understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and strengths of these populations, strengthen engagement, and facilitate important conversations as part of our national efforts to meet the goals outlined in the Action Plan.