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Hepatitis C

Every Tuesday 12:00-1:00 PM

HCV has surpassed HIV/AIDS as the leading chronic virus infection leading to death in the U.S.. An estimated 70,000 individuals in the Chicago area and  are unaware of their positive Hepatitis C (HCV) status. Luckily, early detection and treatment in the primary care setting can contribute to lower rates of morbidity and mortality, reduce the risk of disease progression, and maximize the benefits of emerging treatment options. The ECHO-Chicago curriculum in Hepatitis C (HCV) is designed to expand primary care capacity for HCV screening and evidenced-based care at community health centers, especially those in underserved neighborhoods. ECHO-Chicago training provides primary care providers with the knowledge to identify persons at risk for HCV and conduct risk assessments, test, diagnose, counsel, stage, monitor and treat persons with HCV. This series is open to all primary care providers.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • Introduction to Hepatitis C 
  • Staging and Cirrhosis
  • Treatment of Hepatitis C
  • Clinic Capacity Building/Workflow
  • Obtaining Medications for HCV Patients-Part 1: Understanding Restrictions
  • Obtaining Medications for HCV Patients-Part 2: Prior Authorizations
  • HCV Treatment Monitoring
  • Treatment Readiness/Addressing Barriers to Treatment
  • Hepatitis C Treatment in People Who Use Drugs
  • Harm Reduction

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Topic Specialists

Andrew Aronsohn, M.D

Board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist & Associate professor at the University of Chicago Center for Liver Diseases

Colleen Blackshear, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Chicago

Maggie Kaufmann, MA, MPH

Case Management Project Director for Community Outreach Intervention Projects at University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

Jill Wolf, LCSW

Addiction Consultant

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