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Press Release: Hundreds of NY State & Nat’l Leaders Gather for First Hepatitis C Elimination Summit

Press Release: Hundreds of NY State & Nat’l Leaders Gather for First Hepatitis C Elimination Summit


Monday, February 6, 2017

Contact: Mikola De Roo, 347-585-6051, Elizabeth Koke, 347-473-7459,


Culminating a 6-month statewide collaboration between nearly 100 community stakeholders, public health experts, and national advocates, this event is the first of its kind in New York and nationwide.

Albany, NY – On Tuesday, February 7, some 200 state and national leaders will convene in Albany, New York, for the nation’s first Hepatitis C Elimination Summit. Inspired by the HIV/AIDS community’s success in advocating for the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Blueprint’s disease-control targets and recommendations, the Summit’s goal is to create a framework for eliminating hepatitis C in New York State that will be illustrated in a consensus document released at the event.

Despite the existence of effective, all-oral treatments that cure hepatitis C (HCV), as well as harm-reduction prevention tools, HCV now kills more people in the U.S. annually than AIDS, and HCV-related mortality is on the rise both in New York State and nationwide. Reasons include significant barriers to medical and preventive health care for over 200,000 New Yorkers who are living with HCV and the state’s opiate epidemic, which is driving new HCV infections
Over the past six months, 94 stakeholders—health experts, providers, government officials, and advocates that represent roughly 50 different hospitals, universities, health departments, and community-based organizations statewide—have been working together to build a framework for eliminating hepatitis C in New York State. Prior to the Summit, members of the collective held eight community town halls across the state to gather input and ensure community support.

This collective will present its recommendations at the Summit in the hope of fashioning the HCV elimination effort after the successful ETE model. (That ETE community effort resulted in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s appointment of an expert Task Force and a subsequent ETE Blueprint of measurable goals to track progress toward disease elimination.) Representatives of the collective’s five workgroups—prevention; testing and linkage; care and treatment; data, surveillance and metrics; and social determinants of health —will review their priority recommendations.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7th, 10:00a.m.–5:00p.m.

WHERE: Meeting Room 1, Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York

Livestream the Summit here beginning at 10:00a.m.: Link (NOTE: To connect, you will need to click “Click here to register.” first, and fill out the online registration form. You will then receive an email with a registration ID code that you can use to connect to the livestream event.)

Electeds confirmed to speak:

  • Assemblymember Richard N.Gottfried, Chair of Assembly Health Committee
  • Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Chair of Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • Senator Gustavo Rivera, Ranking Member of Senate Health Committee
  • Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., Chair of Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 10:11 am