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HepTalk Project, Migrant Clinician's Network and Community Health Education Concepts
Program name: HepTalk Project, Migrant Clinician's Network and Community Health Education Concepts 
Population served: Migrants and recent immigrants
Eligibility: Twenty-seven clinics (local health departments and community health centers) are participating. Ten sites have received on-site training and 17 were offered distance learning modules-eight sites participated in some way in the online training. The HepTalk training developed as a result of the project research and will be made available to the public in Summer of 2008. The course will be useful for anyone working in a primary care or public health setting to integrate hepatitis screening and prevention education into the clinic system.
Region served: Research sites are in 5 regions across the United States, selected for increases in migration or changes in industries that draw migrants. Region 1 includes sites in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia; Region 2 includes sites in Arizona and New Mexico; Region 3 includes sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky; Region 4 includes sites in Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and Region 5 includes sites in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Program started: September 2004
Number of clients: Clients at the clinics are indirectly served through improvements in hepatitis awareness and training of clinic staff. The 27 primary care and public health clinic sites serve thousands of migrants and indigent clients each year. We hope even more clients will benefit when the training is offered to any interested clinic.
Contact: Carmen Retzlaff, Project Coordinator
906 Maufrais Street
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: (512) 473-8488
Fax: (512) 478-5084
Email: cretzlaff@flash.net
Websites: www.migrantclinician.org
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Description:

HepTalk is a research project supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of HepTalk is productive communication between primary care providers and adult migrant patients about risks and prevention of hepatitis A, B, and C. Because viral hepatitis, like HIV, is an illness fraught with social stigma, and because migrants are subject to other stigmas associated with mobility, poverty, and immigration, risk assessments between clinician and patient can be emotionally charged and difficult. Prevention strategies can include relatively straightforward approaches such as immunization, but may also include more emotionally charged and complex behavior change considerations regarding personal and family hygiene, sex, and illegal drug use. HepTalk aims to help clinicians negotiate difficult moments in risk assessments so that dialogue about viral hepatitis risk and prevention does actually occur.

The HepTalk team visited 27 clinics in five regions across the United States and assessed clinic environments for availability of information about viral hepatitis and opportunities to offer it. The team also collected information about best practices observed. Based on these assessments, the Project team developed onsite and distance training for participating clinic staff. Training included standardized patient instruction to help providers and other clinical staff conduct efficient, thorough, and productive risk assessments. It also offered a module for adapting clinic systems (chart forms, patient flow, etc.) to include more opportunities for patient education; a module on migrant health issues; and a module on viral hepatitis basics, aimed at giving clinical staff (not just providers) a comfortable knowledge base from which to address hepatitis issues with their clients.

Data from baseline and follow-up visits will be analyzed and compared to assess differences in hepatitis prevention practices among regions and between health departments and health centers, and also to assess changes made in clinics as a result of participation in the project, looking at degree of participation and type of training (online or on-site) received.


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