Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO

To successfully prevent and treat HCV, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, along with our federal and tribal partners, have developed the Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO for AI/AN Communities. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the driving force behind the nation’s increasing rates of liver cancer and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals are disproportionately affected by HCV. National data indicates AI/AN people have the highest incidence of acute HCV infection (1.76/100,000) and the highest HCV-related mortality rate (12.95/100,000) of any race/ethnicity. Fortunately, treatments for this medical condition have never been so effective.

We can all have an impact in addressing HCV. Please join us in turning the tide against this curable medical condition. We invite you to join the HCV Elimination ECHO clinic from January 2021-March 2021

The Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO Clinic will cover topics such as:

  • Hepatitis C Micro-elimination
  • Screening
  • Patient Centered Care
  • Treatment and Medication
  • Medications for Addiction Treatment
  • Indigenous Harm Reduction

Why Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO?

  • In this ECHO, you will find the rationale, program design, as well as the tools that can be used by healthcare providers and tribal decision-makers to develop community-tailored HCV elimination programs. ECHO’s telehealth format fosters a collaborative community of engaged practitioners and experts, bringing  best practices to all patients to eliminate a chronic disease. The program will provide participants the opportunity to create a HCV Elimination Strategy for their Tribe or community and receive tailored feedback from a multidisciplinary team of experts, peers and mentors working in Indian Country.

Who should join?

  • Teams that will be considered are those who are in a position to champion change at their tribe and provide care to patients with hepatitis C. Team members might include: Leadership (Tribal Health Directors, Clinic/Medical Directors, and Administrators), Prescribers (Physicians, NPs and PAs), Clinicians (Nurses, Pharmacists, Nurse Care Managers, Coordinators), Public Health Staff (Epidemiologists, Public Health Nurses, Community Health Representatives, Community Health Aides, Harm Reduction Staff, Community Health Educators), and others interested in learning a new skill.

When will the sessions take place?

  • The first Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO session will take place January 12th, meeting weekly on Tuesday from 12-1pm PT for 3 months according to the below schedule:
    • January 12th
    • January 19th
    • January 26th
    • February 2nd
    • February 9th
    • February 16th
    • February 23rd
    • March 2nd
    • March 9th
    • March 16th
    • March 23rd
    • March 30th

The sessions meet from 12-1pm Pacific Time. For more information on the Hepatitis C Elimination ECHO program, email echo@npaihb.org