Hep C in Focus

Join us for this special event!

Hep C in Focus is a special virtual event featuring presentations, community networking, and resources. Registration provides access to all sessions of the day, which is scheduled to include breaks. You may join any of the sessions using the same registration link. Hep C in Focus is produced in cooperation with our colleague Monte Strong of the Hepatitis C Leadership Project.


Program at a Glance

Session details follow schedule

9:00 AM: Opening, introductions, community networking, and resources

9:30 AM:  Bridging the gaps: Equitable access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM: Women and Hepatitis C (Part I) 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 PM: Women and Hepatitis C  (Part II) 

2:00 PM Close and evaluation 

 

Program Details

9:00 AM: Territorial Acknowledgments and opening 

Territorial Acknowledgement, opening, introductions, community networking. Introduction of resources. A list of resources will be available following the event.

 

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Bridging the gaps: Equitable access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs

Bridging the gaps: Equitable access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs will share insights from a recent study about equitable access to hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs who live in British Columbia (BC). In 2018, the province of BC implemented free and universal access to the newest generation of hepatitis C treatments – direct-acting antivirals. These medications have few side effects and are highly effective at curing hepatitis C. Yet, opportunities for many people who inject drugs to “take up” these treatments are limited by various healthcare, social, and structural barriers (e.g., stigma, housing, care coordination). Drawing on their research at the BC Centre on Substance Use, Trevor Goodyear (registered nurse; master’s student), Lianping Ti (research scientist; assistant professor), and Rod Knight (research scientist; assistant professor), will share challenges and opportunities to ensuring that hepatitis C treatments in BC are accessible to all, including people who inject drugs.

This session will provide:

  • Background on hepatitis C virus, its treatments, and its impact on people who inject dugs
  • Summary of findings from a recent study on hepatitis C treatment scale-up in British Columbia
  • Overview of barriers to hepatitis C treatment access for people who inject drugs
  • Discussion on strategies for promoting equitable hepatitis C care for folks who inject drugs

 

10:30 – 11:00 Break

 

11:00 – 12:00 Women and Hepatitis C (Part I)

This session will blend priorities identified by women with lived experience of hepatitis C with research information reflecting on the priorities. Presented by Margo Pearce (BC Centre for Disease Control) and women with lived experience panel. Currently in development. Information will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

 

 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch break

 

1:00 – 2:00 PM Women and Hepatitis C (Part II)

This session will blend priorities identified by women with lived experience of hepatitis C with research information reflecting on the priorities. Presented by Margo Pearce (BC Centre for Disease Control) and women with lived experience panel. Currently in development. Information will be updated as soon as it becomes available.

 

 

2:00 PM Conclusion and Evaluation

 

Suggested attendees:

  • People with lived experience of hepatitis C, community members, and other allies
  • Hepatitis C and HIV organization staff and volunteers
  • Clinicians working with people who inject drugs and/or who have hepatitis C
  • Policy makers and researchers in the fields of hepatitis C and/or substance use
  • Residents of BC seeking more information about hepatitis C care

 


Registration Information

This webinar will be delivered over Zoom. You may already have Zoom downloaded on your laptop, ipad or phone, and if not, you will need to do so. Zoom can be downloaded to your laptop here: https://zoom.us
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If you don’t receive an email within an hour of registering, please EMAIL [email protected] as soon as you realize this. We won’t be able to provide access to links on the morning of the webinar as we will be setting up.

 

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For more information, contact Janet Madsen: [email protected]

 


We greatly appreciate the vision of our government funders and their ongoing commitment to supporting the work of the Pacific AIDS Network. In particular we gratefully acknowledge the Public Health Agency of Canada – HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

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