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Hepatitis Coordinators

The Centers for Disease Control has appointed Hepatitis Coordinators in many states to help coordinate activities, prevention and services for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the United States.

Please contact your state Hepatitis Coordinator for more information about the services provided in your state. Click here for a list of CDC Hepatitis Coordinators and their contact information by state.

The following information was supplied from the Centers for Disease Control web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis
/spotlights/coordinators.htm

From the Centers for Disease Control Web site:

The conclusion of the 8th annual Hepatitis Coordinators Conference solidifies the Coordinators' position as key players in the continuing effort to prevent and control hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Hepatitis Coordinators are the critical link between state and local health departments and the CDC. Under CDC's guidance, these individuals manage programs to prevent, monitor, and control viral hepatitis. There are two kinds of coordinators, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Coordinators.

Coordinator Responsibilities

Coordinators, the designated hepatitis program experts for their state, work with organizations and individuals on all levels of viral hepatitis prevention. They provide the bridge between CDC and the states, ensuring that funding and programs get to the states as needed. Their work reaches out locally to hospitals, physicians, STD clinics and drug treatment centers. They ensure that education and counseling of viral hepatitis prevention is provided to communities and individuals.

Hepatitis B Coordinators work primarily with physicians and hospitals to ensure that pregnant women with hepatitis B are identified and that appropriate medical care is given to their babies to prevent the spread of hepatitis B virus (HBV). Comprehensive prevention strategies to eliminate HBV transmission in the U.S. include:

  1. preventing perinatal HBV infections by ensuring
    • screening of all pregnant women,
    • appropriate postexposure prophylaxis of infants,
    • follow-up testing of infants born to HBV-infected mothers
    • follow-up of household and sex contacts;
  2. promoting routine hepatitis B vaccination of infants;
  3. ensuring vaccination of infants/children of immigrants from areas with high rates of HBV infection (view map);
  4. facilitating catch-up vaccination of persons under 18 years of age; and,
  5. promoting hepatitis B vaccination of especially high risk adolescents and adults of all ages.

In addition, Hepatitis B Coordinators are accessible to the public as a valuable resource of information for viral hepatitis. They can answer questions regarding hepatitis B immunization schedules and vaccine funding.

Hepatitis C Coordinators work with a variety of public health professionals in areas like HIV/AIDS, immunizations, sexually transmitted diseases, and corrections. Their main objective is to promote the successful integration of hepatitis C prevention into these existing programs. Prevention activities include:

  1. identifying opportunities to incorporate HCV counseling and testing;
  2. coordinating training of health care professionals;
  3. facilitating HCV testing in diagnostic laboratories;
  4. identifying the resources for hepatitis A and B vaccines for at-risk persons;
  5. ensuring referrals for HCV positive persons needing medical care;
  6. assisting in surveillance of HCV infection; and,
  7. evaluating effectiveness of HCV prevention activities.

As well, Hepatitis C Coordinators can answer questions about viral hepatitis from individuals in need of assistance.

Who Are the Coordinators?

Many of the Coordinators include persons trained as nurses, public health professionals, or a combination of the two. They usually work out of state or city health departments. Every state has a Hepatitis B Coordinator, but only 26 states have Hepatitis C Coordinators. Additional states will have Hepatitis C Coordinators as funding becomes available.

Where to Go for More Information and Assistance

State and local health departments can direct organizations and individuals needing information or assistance. Please refer to the State and Local Health Departments list on the Information Networks and Other Information Sources page.

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