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.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $43,620.

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