New Mexico Health Professionals Band Together to Fight Hepatitis C

Working group sessions for health care professionals on appropriate interventions for persons with Hepatitis C

The State of New Mexico Department of Public Health developed a project to achieve statewide consensus on an appropriate intervention strategy for the hepatitis C epidemic in New Mexico.

The department estimates that more than 30,000 people in New Mexico are infected with hepatitis C, a disease that damages the liver, often irreversibly.

Key Results

  • Project staff convened three working groups—Standards of Care, Strategies for Community Education and Networking, and Systems of Services and Resources Development—to develop final recommendations for a conference.
  • Project staff promoted the results of the three working groups by distributing informational materials and developing the New Mexico HepLine Web site as a resource for patients, providers and the general public.
  • The Department of Public Health sponsored the "Second New Mexico Hepatitis C Consensus Conference," which was held on April 6, 2001, in Albuquerque, N.M., and drew 93 health care professionals, service providers and state legislators.