Viral Hepatitis Updates from the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Hepatitis Awareness Month is a critical opportunity to reflect on our progress, expand awareness of existing resources, and support all of our partners working to eliminate viral hepatitis in the United States.
The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan emphasizes the coordinated and collaborative efforts across stakeholders that will be required to achieve hepatitis elimination.Stakeholders like you requested a resource to better understand the scope of the commitment for viral hepatitis elimination. In support of states, counties, cities, and organizations working toward elimination around the country, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) is set to launch the project, Mapping Hepatitis Elimination in Action.
On Wednesday, May 22 from 3-4pm, OHAIDP and the Office of Minority Health will host a webinar launching the map of hepatitis elimination projects and highlighting ongoing elimination projects across the country. Join us to hear from leaders who have committed to the fight against viral hepatitis. Presenters will share their strategies in support of others who believe it is feasible to eliminate the public health threat of viral hepatitis, practical steps, and key messages in responding to the viral hepatitis. To register for the webinar, click here , and to learn more about how to submit your project to be included on the map, check out our blog.
Recently, OHAIDP released the 2016 Federal Implementation Progress Report. This report highlights important activities and accomplishments made possible by federal and nonfederal stakeholders, and demonstrates successful efforts toward elimination goals. The report highlights that over the course of implementing the Action Plan between 2014 and 2016, 91% of federal actions were initiated and/or completed. To learn about other successes, challenges, and resources, read our blog and download the full report.
We are honored to continue this important work with you and look forward to sharing further updates and information to support you in recognizing May Hepatitis Awareness Month and working toward viral hepatitis elimination in the United States.
Corinna Dan, RN, MPH
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
What’s New in the Blog
In case you missed them, here’s a quick rundown of posts recently published on the HHS Viral Hepatitis blog:
Hepatitis A spreading fast in Florida(4/29/2019) – Hepatitis A continues to spread across various counties in Florida, with 328 newly reported cases happening in a single week in April. Statewide, 1,211 cases have been confirmed since the start of the year.