NYC: Hepatitis C Medical Care and Treatment Update for Peer Workers


Course Title:      Hepatitis C Medical Care and Treatment Update for Peer Workers

Date: January 22nd, 2020

Location: Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th Street, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10001

Training Region: New York City

Time: 9am – 5pm, Full Day

Trainers: Mike Selick


This one day training will review the latest advances in treatment for hepatitis C (HCV) and increase awareness of HCV Peer Workers about the overall medical care needs of people living with HCV.  The training will review New York State core competencies for HCV peer workers related to supporting clients in accessing HCV medical care and treatment.  It will provide peer workers with an opportunity to reflect on a wide range of ethical issues as well as their own attitudes and beliefs about HCV treatment with the goal of building peer worker skills in motivating and engaging clients in HCV medical care and treatment.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of engaging people living with HCV in primary care
  • Recall basic information about advances in HCV treatment
  • Recall NYS HCV Peer Worker competencies related to linkage to care and patient navigation
  • Use motivational interviewing to talk with clients about HCV treatment and work as part of a care team to assist clients in accessing and completing treatment
  • Counsel clients living with HCV about the importance of vaccination for hepatitis A and B, avoiding or reducing alcohol intake and good liver health practices
  • Counsel clients about the importance of avoiding re-infection and provide harm reduction strategies to avoid re-infection
  • Recall basic information about health coverage options and other benefits that are available to help people living with HCV access health care services and medications
  • Work as a member of the care team to:
    1. Help patients take advantage of health maintenance services, vaccination, and other preventive services
    2. Assist with follow-up on care team recommendations regarding client assessments and referrals for a variety of psychosocial issues including substance use, mental health, domestic violence, smoking cessation, etc.
    3. Participate in case conferences.
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