Curing Hepatitis C among People of Color Living with HIV

About the Initiative

This SPNS initiative supported:

  • Expansion of Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention, testing, care, and treatment capacity.
  • Improvement in the coordination of linkage to and retention in HCV care and treatment for people with both HIV and HCV.
  • Improvement in coordination with SAMHSA-funded substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers to deliver behavioral health and SUD treatment support to achieve treatment completion and prevent HCV infection and re-infection.

In addition, the initiative supported enhancement of state, local and tribal health department surveillance systems to increase their capacity to monitor acute and chronic infections of HIV and HCV in areas of high populations or low-income, uninsured, and underserved racial and ethnic minorities.

This SPNS initiative was supported through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Minority HIV/AIDS Fund.

Final Meeting Report

Slides with summaries of the initiative including:

  • Evaluation questions
  • Dissemination activities
  • Site reports

Initiative Products

ConnQuer HepC

Connecticut Quantification, Evaluation, and Response: HIV/HCV Elimination in Persons of Color (ConnQuer)

ConnQuer Hep C Website

ConnQuER HepC App - Educational and Care Companion Resource

The ConnQuER HepC mobile app is designed to educate patients, their families, and non-clinical staff about hepatitis C and to foster more efficient conversations between patients and health care providers. 

The app is organized as a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) with answers. After each FAQ, users are presented with a quiz question to test their understanding.

Educational Videos: Methadone Referrals Demystified: A Patient’s Journey into Methadone Treatment

This four-part video series features diverse patients and providers describing their experiences with substance dependence and methadone treatment. Each video is 9-13 minutes long and covers the process from referral to entry info care, stigma, and treatment.

To view, you must create an account on the Connecticut AETC website.

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TACKLE Program

Targeted Access to Community Knowledge, Linkage to treatment and Education for HIV/HCV in people of color (TACKLE HIV/HCV in people of color) 

Tackle Project Website

  • Features resources for patients and providers


TACKLE HIV/HCV mobile app is a tool available in both English and Spanish that health educators/providers can use with patients or that patients can use on their own to gain information about HIV and HCV.

Publications and Presentations

  • Allison WE, Choi AN, Kawasaki K, Melhado TV, (2021). Evaluating the Effectiveness of the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Curriculum. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, Volume 8.
  • Allison W, Johnson JP, Rochat A, et al. (2019) P384 Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) implemented for Hepatitis C (HCV)/HIV co-infected patients in Texas, USA. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2019;95:A190. 2.
  • Allison WE, Melhado T, Kawasaki K, Desai A, Bobadilla R. (2019) 1290. Community Screening and Education for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infection in South Texas with Rapid Point of Care Testing and a Mobile Phone Application (app), Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Volume 6, Issue Supplement_2, October 2019, Page S465,

Contact Information

Project Contacts:

Courtney Gidengil, MD
Principal Investigator
RAND Corporation
Merceditas Villanueva, MD
Principal Investigator
Yale University
Waridibo Allison, MD
Principal Investigator
University of Texas Health San Antonio

HRSA Contacts:

PO Name
Sara Woody
PO Title
Management Analyst
PO Phone


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Recipient Organization: RAND Corporation, Yale University, University of Texas Health San Antonio

Grant number: RAND: U90HA30519, Yale: U90HA31462, UT:U90HA31461

Project Period: 09/30/17 - 09/29/20