New York State Hepatitis C Elimination Summit

On February 7, 2017, roughly 250 state and national leaders convened in Albany and digitally for the state’s and nation’s very first “Hepatitis C Elimination Summit," where public health experts, advocates, and community stakeholders came together to learn from each other and formulate a framework for eliminating hepatitis C in New York State.

Missed the Summit? Watch the livestream here! 

Banner and Page Photos By:  PAUL BUCKOWSKI , Albany Times Union

Banner and Page Photos By: PAUL BUCKOWSKI, Albany Times Union

The Summit Speakers, Presenters, & Presentations

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Opening Plenary

Introductory Remarks: Charles King, President & CEO of Housing Works

Keynote: Howard A. Zucker, MD, Commissioner of Health for NYS

Keynote: Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner of NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Keynote: Jay Varma, MD, Deputy Commissioner, NYC DOHMH

Panel 1: Epi Overview of HCV in the United States, New York State and New York City

Moderator: Holly Hagan, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, Meyers College of Nursing, New York University

Panelist: Dr. John Ward, Director, Viral Hepatitis Program, CDC

Panelist: Dr. Ann Winters, Medical Epidemiologist, NYC DOHMH

Panelist: Colleen Flanigan, Director, Bureau of Hepatitis Health Care, AIDS Institute, NYS DOH

Panel 2: Overview of Current National HCV Response

Moderator: Camilla S. Graham, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Panelist: Gillian Buckley, Study Director, National Academy of Medicine

Panelist: Corinna Dan, RN, MPH, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, HHS

Panelist: Ryan Clary, Executive Director, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

Panelist: C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Panel 3: Presentation of Community Consensus Document on NYS Hepatitis C Elimination

Presentation on Community Consensus Document: Reed Vreeland, Director of Policy, Housing Works

Presentation on Determining HCV Elimination Targets: Kyle Fluegge, PhD, Director, Public Health Economics, NYC DOHMH

Prevention Panelist: John Barry, Executive Director, Southern Tier AIDS Program

Testing & Linkage Panelist: Joelle Toal, Director of Testing Services, Evergreen Health

Surveillance, Data and Metrics Panelist: Denis Nash, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, Professor of Epidemiology, CUNY School of Public Health

Care & Treatment Panelist: Shuchin J. Shukla, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Project INSPIRE, Montefiore

Social Determinants Panelist: Gloria Searson, President and Founder, Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (COPE)

Community Panelist: George Santana

Panel 4: Government Response to New York Hepatitis C Elimination Consensus Document

Moderator: Gale R. Burstein, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health

Panelist: Johanne Morne, Director, AIDS Institute, NYS DOH

Panelist: Jason Helgerson, NYS Medicaid Director

Robert A. Kent, Chief Counsel, NYS OASAS

Panelist: Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, NYC DOHMH

Panelist: Ross F. MacDonald, MD, Chief of Medicine, Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals

Carl Koenigsmann, MD, Health Services Deputy Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) 

Panel 5: Elected Officials’ Response to New York Hepatitis C Elimination Consensus Document

Moderator: Clifton Garmon, Policy Analyst, VOCAL-NY

Panelist: Linda B. Rosenthal, Assembly Member, Chair of Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Panelist: Gustavo Rivera, Senator, Ranking Member of Senate Health Committee

Closing Remarks & Call to Action  

Speaker: Dan O’Connell, Former Director, AIDS Institute, NYS DOH

Speaker: Ronni Marks, Founder and Executive Director, Hepatitis C Mentor & Support Group


Summit Action Items & Demands

The 5 Pillars of the Consensus Statement

1. Enhance HCV prevention, testing and linkage to care services for people who inject drugs, people who are incarcerated, men who have sex with men and other populations disproportionately impacted by HCV infection

2. Expand HCV screening and testing to identify people living with HCV   who are unaware of their status and link them to care

3. Provide access to clinically appropriate and affordable HCV treatment without restrictions and ensure the availability of necessary supportive services for all New Yorkers living with HCV.

4. Enhance NYS HCV Surveillance, set and track HCV elimination targets and make information available to the public

5. Commit NYS government and elected officials, public health professionals, HCV experts and industry partners to leadership and ownership of the NYS Plan to Eliminate HCV alongside community members living with and affected by HCV.

Our Demands

We call on Governor Andrew Cuomo, the NYS Legislature, and industry partners to make a joint commitment to hepatitis C elimination, and for appointment of a formal NYS Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force.