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Hepatitis Network for Education and Testing (HepNET)

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Through this CDC cooperative agreement, NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) and their partners National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) are focusing on improving the health of people who inject drugs (PWID). Together they are growing a network of Health Departments, Syringe Service Programs, Community-Based Organizations, healthcare providers, and other partners of diverse geographic representation that serve PWID. NASTAD and its partners will provide technical assistance and training to network members with a focus on hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing and linkage to care. Additionally, NASTAD will promote CDC’s hepatitis B and hepatitis C campaign resources. 

Mission

HepNET is committed to identifying and addressing the unmet needs of people who inject drugs by improving access to viral hepatitis education, prevention, testing, linkage to care, and treatment, guided and informed by the voices, perspectives, insights, and lived experiences of people who inject drugs. 

Vision

Improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs by decreasing the burden of viral hepatitis and other preventable harms.  

HepNET Town Hall

NASTAD in partnership with National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) hosted the Hepatitis Network for Education and Testing (HepNET) Town Hall during Hepatitis Awareness Month. Check out the recording and slides to learn more about the structure of HepNET, who our primary partners are, and how you can become involved as a network member. We are working with state and local health departments (LHDs), tribal organizations, community-based organizations (CBOs), clinical providers, people with lived experience, syringe services programs (SSPs) and harm reduction programs to provide trainings and technical assistance to identify and address the unmet needs of people who inject drugs (PWID) and improve their access to viral hepatitis education, prevention, testing, linkage to care, and treatment.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be announced as scheduled

Technical Assistance Offerings Spotlight

During this webinar, NASTAD and its partners, NVHR and NACCHO, gave the spotlight to organizations that provide technical assistance (TA) related to offering and integrating hepatitis services for people who use drugs. Presenters from the American Association for the Treatment Opioid Dependence, AATOD, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, NHRC, and the Urban Survivors Union, USU speak to a variety of TA they provide, specifically for people with lived experience. This was followed by an open discussion for members to ask questions and learn how to access TA for their own organizations and glean insight on how this TA can help them identify and address the unmet needs of people who inject drugs (PWID) and improve their access to viral hepatitis education, prevention, testing, linkage to care, and treatment. 

NASTAD Contact Information

For any other questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Jasmine West, Manager, Hepatitis, at  jwest@nastad.org.   

 

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