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Hep Express Issue 8

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September 10, 2003
"A PUBLIC HEALTH MODEL FOR CORRECTIONAL HEALTH CARE" AVAILABLE

The Hampden County Correctional Center (HCCC) in Ludlow, Massachusetts, has implemented an award-winning model for correctional health care. The HCCC model provides a spectrum of comprehensive health and mental health services  to inmates, linking them to the community from which they came and to which they return. This system builds on collaborations between correctional health and public health, reducing costs by contracting with non-profit providers in the community.

You can reap the benefits of HCCC's experience by reading their recently released 103-page manual, "A Public Health Model in Correctional Health Care." This manual consists of nine informative sections; for example, the chapter titled "Specific Program Operations" includes detailed information on infectious diseases, chronic illness, mental health, substance abuse, oral health, vision care, women's health care, and pharmacy and laboratory services.

Development of "A Public Health Model in Correctional Health Care" was sponsored by HCCC and the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) and supported by an Innovations in American Government award. You are invited to explore the Model on MPHA's website where it can be downloaded in sections (text format), downloaded in its entirety (PDF format), or ordered.

To read or download the manual in whole or in part, go to:
http://www.mphaweb.org/hccc_explore.html

To order a free copy of the manual, go to:
http://www.mphaweb.org/hccc_order.html and complete the online form.

You can also order a copy by sending your name, title, agency, address, telephone and fax number, and email address to:

Attn: HCCC Manual
Hampden County Correctional Center
627 Randall Rd.
Ludlow, MA 01056
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September 10, 2003
IAC'S NEW WEB SECTION FEATURES POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently launched a new web section featuring public domain Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. These presentations were collected to provide health professionals easy access to educational tools for both staff training and patient education.

The site features presentations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Immunization Program, CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, OSHA, the Rotary Foundation, the Children's Vaccine Program at PATH, and more.

Subjects covered in these presentations include the basics of childhood vaccines, vaccine safety, needle safety, global issues, and viral hepatitis. The web page indicates whether a presentation is intended for health professionals or the public.

Visit this new resource at http://www.immunize.org/presentations If you know of any other available PowerPoint presentations, please let us know by writing to: admin@immunize.org
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September 10, 2003
ALF'S HEPATITIS C SYMPOSIUM TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 26 IN SEATTLE

The American Liver Foundation (ALF), Pacific Northwest Chapter, is sponsoring a continuing education symposium for health care providers who treat patients with hepatitis C. "Gaining Ground: Hepatitis C" will be held on Friday, September 26, 2003, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of this symposium is to increase the level of knowledge and skill required by health care providers to manage hepatitis C, with the ultimate goal of improving the overall health of those infected. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, medical assistants, and pharmacists are encouraged to attend, as they are all in a unique position to assist in the identification, education, and management of patients with hepatitis C.

To register, please call the American Liver Foundation, Pacific Northwest Chapter, at (206) 443-3805 or send email to pnwliver@qwest.net
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September 10, 2003
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHARES LETTER WRITTEN TO HIV PREVENTION PROVIDERS

In August, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) sent a letter to HIV prevention providers in the state, encouraging them to integrate viral hepatitis prevention into their programs. The letter provided background information on viral hepatitis and HIV/hepatitis co-infection and also listed available resources from a variety of sources, including print education materials, websites, staff training programs, and sources of vaccine.

NYSDOH has graciously agreed to share this resource, so if your state, county, or city has been looking to save money and improve services by integrating HIV and hepatitis prevention services, don't reinvent the wheel--use the NYSDOH letter as a prototype for your own masterpiece. Just go to: http://www.hepprograms.org/std/hivprevention.pdf and modify the letter as needed. If you do so, we encourage you to thank or credit NYSDOH in some way.

If you have questions about the letter or NYSDOH's integration program, please contact Elizabeth Herlihy, RN, MS, Hepatitis B Coordinator. Ms. Herlihy can be reached by email at ejh04@health.state.ny.us or by phone at (518) 473-4437.
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September 10, 2003
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFERS ONLINE "HEPATITIS C PREVENTION COUNSELING TRAINING"

The Texas Department of Health, Bureau of HIV and STD Prevention, offers a free online hepatitis C counseling curriculum. The goal of "Hepatitis C Prevention Counseling Training" is to train existing disease intervention specialists and HIV/STD prevention counselors in the techniques used in making the transition from HIV/STD counseling to HCV counseling.

The course is divided into many separate files, all of which can be downloaded in either Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, or PDF (camera-ready) formats. One section includes a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. To explore or download this resource, go to: http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/hivstd/train/hepc/default.htm
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September 10, 2003
IAC'S HEPATITIS PREVENTION PROGRAMS WEBSITE NOW FEATURES 90 PROGRAMS

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently added four new programs to its Hepatitis Prevention Programs website, bringing the total number of featured programs to 90. The site, www.hepprograms.org, highlights programs successfully preventing hepatitis A, B, and/or C in adults and adolescents at risk of infection.

The new projects are:

Hawaii State Department of Health
STD/AIDS Prevention Branch
http://www.hepprograms.org/msm/msm18.asp

HCV Prison Support Project
http://www.hepprograms.org/adult/adult11.asp

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of STD Control, Hepatitis Program
http://www.hepprograms.org/std/std13.asp

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Immunizations
http://www.hepprograms.org/std/std12.asp

In addition, the following program information was updated:

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
(formerly listed as the Harold and Esther Chester Immunology Center, Miriam Hospital)
http://www.hepprograms.org/adult/adult6.asp

In addition to the 90 model programs, the site includes links to hundreds of other related resources, including journal articles, organizations, and provider and client education materials.

If you have a hepatitis prevention program for adults or adolescents at risk that is not listed, we would love to add your project to the site: just complete the form titled "Tell us about your program" at http://www.hepprograms.org/tellus.htm
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September 10, 2003
CDC REPORTS ON A MULTISTATE OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS A AMONG YOUNG ADULT CONCERT ATTENDEES

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 9/8/03.]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Among Young Adult Concert Attendees--United States, 2003" in the September 5 issue of the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.

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Healthcare providers and state and local health departments should ask persons newly diagnosed with hepatitis A about concert attendance and report cases to CDC.

In July 2003, CDC learned of hepatitis A cases among young adults traveling the country with several popular "jam bands." To date, a total of 25 cases from nine states have been identified. Most have attended numerous outdoor concerts or music festivals this summer. Person-to-person transmission and poor sanitation may have contributed to the spread of the disease at these gatherings. In response, CDC, together with state and local health departments in California and Oregon, educated concert goers and vaccinated more than 300 concert attendees this summer. While the summer concert season has ended, fall tours are scheduled to begin this month and there is concern that person-to-person spread may continue.

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To obtain the complete text of the article online, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5235a5.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5235.pdf

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
To obtain a free electronic subscription to the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR), visit CDC's MMWR website at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr Select "Free Subscription" from the menu at the left of the screen. Once you have submitted the required information, weekly issues of the MMWR and all new ACIP statements (published as MMWR's "Recommendations and Reports") will arrive automatically by email.
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September 10, 2003
REVISED: IAC UPDATES ITS PATIENT EDUCATION SHEET "IF YOU HAVE CHRONIC HEPATITIS B (HBV) INFECTION . . ."

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 9/2/03.]

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently revised its patient education sheet "If you have chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection . . ." The sheet now contains information about adefovir dipivoxil as a treatment option.

To access a camera-ready (PDF) copy of the updated sheet, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120eng.pdf

To access a text (HTML) copy, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120.htm


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