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Perinatal Related

Rhode Island Perinatal Hepatitis Prevention Program
Program name: Rhode Island Perinatal Hepatitis Prevention Program
Population served: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) –positive pregnant women and new mothers
Eligibility: Those from population served noted above
Region served: Rhode Island
Funding: Services for HCV-positive women were integrated into the Perinatal Hepatitis B Program (funded under the Immunization Program) funding sources and includes partnership with 2 hospitals and a VNA association
Program started: Services for HCV women were added beginning in January 2006
Number of clients: About 150-175 women
Contact: Patricia Raymond, RN, MPH
Hepatitis B Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Room 302
Providence, RI 02908
Phone:(401) 222-5921
Fax: (401) 222-1088
Email: patricia.raymond@health.ri.gov
Website: www.health.ri.gov/family/immunization/perinatal-hep-prevention.php
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The goal of the Rhode Island Perinatal Hepatitis Prevention Program is to identify pregnant women infected with HBV and HCV and prevent or identify transmission of the viruses to their infants. To accomplish this goal, collaboration among a variety of committed community partners has been established to ensure that all necessary objectives are met. These collaborations include:

1. Early Identification of Pregnant Women
The program works with Rhode Island's birthing hospitals and prenatal providers to ensure routine screening for HBV in all pregnant women, and screening for HCV in pregnant women with one or more high risk factors for HCV infection.

2. Case Management Services
The program offers comprehensive case management services to women infected with HBV or HCV during the perinatal period that include:

A. Prenatal education home visits for the purpose of educating the pregnant woman about viral hepatitis that includes: management of disease; prevention of transmission of HBV and HCV to others; and recommended prophylaxis and screenings for infant, and personal health maintenance.

B. Referrals for medical management of disease, testing and immunization of household contacts and sex partner(s) of women with chronic HBV infection and referral to other community resources

C. Tracking and follow-up of infants born to HBV- and HCV- positive women, including ongoing education and outreach to pediatric providers, to ensure infants receive appropriate and timely HBV immunoprophylaxis, HBV and HCV testing, and referral for medical management if childhood infection should occur.

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