Exploring Resources and Different Treatment Models for Hepatitis C Virus and Opioid Use Disorder

Oct 15, 2019  02:00 PM  EST


The opioid crisis in the United States has led to increased HCV infection among younger populations of people who inject drugs (PWID) and other vulnerable populations, who often seek care at community health centers. Early treatment for HCV can lead to decreased transmission rates and increased cure rates with advances in oral medications. Recent evidence suggests that health center patients benefit from receiving hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening outside of the CDC recommendations of risk factors and patients born between 1945 and 1965, referred to as the “baby boomer” birth cohort. 

Part 1: The Intersection of Opioids and Hepatitis in the US and Resources Available

October 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET 

  • NASTAD will discuss the current landscape of opioid and infectious disease and resources available for health settings to improve screening, testing, and treatment options for patients.
  • NNCC will review how they started an AmeriCorps State Program to expand opioid outreach and awareness to decrease stigma and provide education about medication-assisted therapy and other resources in Philadelphia, PA.

Part 2: Combined Infectious Disease and Opioid Use Disorder Treatment with Special Populations

October 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET 

  • NNCC will review how enhanced screening and behavioral health integration improved patient outcomes for hepatitis and opioid use disorder for high risk populations in Philadelphia, PA
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless will discuss the integration of infectious disease and substance use disorder treatment for people experiencing homelessness and in shelters

Part 3: Implementing an Enhanced HCV Screening Model in Iowa

November 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET 

  • Iowa Department of Public Health will review current substance use disorder rates in Iowa and surveillance to eliminate HIV and HCV throughout the state
  • NNCC will discuss the implementation of enhanced HIV/HCV screening and linkage to care in five health centers in Iowa. Presenters will discuss barriers and successes to improve programs.

Part 4: Expanding Medication-Assisted Therapy in Philadelphia, PA

December 03, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET 

  • Community College of Philadelphia Nursing Department will discuss the history of community nursing and how nursing students have increased awareness of opioid use disorder and Narcan training throughout Philadelphia
  • Public Health Management Corporation will explain the expansion of Medication-Assisted Therapy in Rising Sun Health Center and resources for organizations to increase provider capacity


Health Care Providers, Health Center Staff and Administration (CEs will be provided)

This webinar is pending for up to 4 prescribed credit hours by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AAFP CME toward its member continuing education requirements.