Health Department Challenges and Lessons Learned in Aligning Resources, Strategies, and Services to End the Epidemics
In recent years, the implementation of health care reform and scientific advances in infectious disease treatment has transformed patient access to prevention and cure therapy. To further these opportunities, health departments are integrating infectious disease services, including hepatitis C virus (HCV), into HIV prevention and care planning to better address community needs. In follow-up to planning, agencies have sought to leverage resources, improve efficiencies, and enhance coordination of service delivery. They are in the process of implementing, monitoring, and evaluating HCV services as part of their plans. The inclusion of HCV services and programs can require significant structural changes and funding re-alignment.
This webinar reviewed how various jurisdictions are incorporating HCV services in state Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plans and subsequent delivery of HCV services and evaluation of the impact on care improvements. The webinar featured guest presenters who detailed their jurisdictions’ efforts to integrate HCV into its HIV prevention and care services. Including the resources needed, and community level training and tracking HCV related data.