Viral Hepatitis Activities:
Project Inform is a 31 year old organization that works to address hepatitis C through education and policy advocacy.
Project Inform fights the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics by assuring the development of effective treatments and a cure; supporting individuals to make informed choices about their health; advocating for quality, affordable health care; and promoting medical strategies that prevent new infections.
Increasingly effective and tolerable medications for the treatment and prevention of HIV and hepatitis C, as well as a cure, will become available;
All people with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis C will have universal access to testing, know their status and be linked as quickly as possible to care and treatment;
People with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis C will have access to treatment and health care information that is complete, reliable, and up to date;
People living with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis C will have access to, and the tools and services necessary to retain, quality and affordable health care that meets their comprehensive medical needs, regardless of ability to pay;
Disparities in health outcomes of vulnerable populations living with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis C will be eliminated; and
New cases of HIV and hepatitis C infection will be eliminated through innovative approaches to prevention.
We are a main partner in the Support Partnership, a collaboration of nationally recognized hepatitis C organizations, provides a peer-managed toll-free support line for people affected by hepatitis C, having launched February 1, 2012. The phone line is called Help 4 Hep (www.help4hep.org).
We develop numerous consumer and provider education materials about hepatitis C, such as a provider toolkit on hepatitis C screening for people who inject drugs, a provider toolkit on hepatitis C screening among people living with HIV, consumer education materials about HIV/HCV co-infection, pharmacist and consumer materials about purchasing syringes without a prescription in the pharmacy, health insurance education information, and the hepatitis C treatment update included in an annual edition of "Positively Aware" magazine.
We engage in national and California-specific policy advocacy to secure supportive federal and state policies to promote hepatitis C surveillance, prevention, testing, care, and treatment. We are a member of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership, the Fair Pricing Coalition, and other national coalitions related to hepatitis C.
We are also part of the Steering Committee for End Hep C SF, an initiative to eliminate hepatitis C in San Francisco. San Francisco is the first city in the United States to launch such an effort (www.endhepCSF.org).
For more information about Project Inform, please see http://www.projectinform.org/about-us/what-we-do/
In addition to the above, we coordinate the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), a coalition of over 90 organizations dedicated to ending hepatitis B and hepatitis C in California. CalHEP's mission is to reduce the scope and consequences of the hepatitis B and C epidemics, which disproportionately affect California’s ethnic communities and the socioeconomically underserved. Committed to culturally competent public education and awareness, CalHEP focuses on sound public health policy and advocacy to improve California’s public health approach to liver wellness. Through CalHEP we have successfully advocated for over $13 million in state appropriations for viral hepatitis prevention, testing, and linkage to care services. For more information see https://www.calhep.org/