In 2013, the CDC reported the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population as having the highest HCV-related mortality rate (12.2 deaths/100,000 population) by race/ethnicity (CDC Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2013). While treatment barriers are similar for all populations, approaches to care must address the socio-economic and cultural factors specific to the AI/AN context.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has partnered with Project ECHO to connect HCV specialists with IHS and tribal clinicians to provide expert advice on the management of HCV patient cases. The IHS HCV TeleECHO Clinic meets every first Wednesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00pm Mountain Time.
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New Clinician Training – Offered Monthly
The Project ECHO HCV program offers a one-day training for new clinicians. This training offers a face-to-face opportunity with our ECHO HCV Team to explore the tools and documents needed to participate in clinic. Participation in this training is highly encouraged for new clinicians, but not mandatory. For more information and upcoming training dates, please contact Scott Lockwood-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Education Credits
Project ECHO offers no cost continuing education units (CME, CEU, CPE, ACPE) for participation in teleECHO clinics, grand rounds and on-site training. In order to receive credits, you must request an account. Please click here for instructions and links https://echoevaluation.health.unm.edu/evals/rws5.pl?FORM=ECHORegistration
CDC Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2013 http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Statistics/2013Surveillance/index.htm
CDC Hepatitis C Online
ACT-First: Free, Online CME Course for Primary Care Providers
Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C
The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AALSD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) offer guidelines for testing, managing, and treating hepatitis C.
Recommended treatment strategies vary, depending on HCV genotype and where the patient is in the course of their illness. Patients can be referred to any of the clinicians who are part of the Project ECHO network of HCV “experts.”
We encourage primary care physicians and midlevel clinicians to contact Project ECHO for training in how to treat HCV locally. Treatment and monitoring patients is becoming easier than ever before.
For information on how to become an ECHO partner or to request a Grand Rounds presentation (with live CMEs) at your site, please contact Scott Lockwood-Smith: email@example.com, 505-925-7754.
Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults. A Systematic Review to Update the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation.
Karla Thornton, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Project ECHO
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
Paulina Deming, PharmD, PhC
Assistant Director of HCV Programs, Project ECHO
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Jonathan Iralu, MD
IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine
Brigg Reilley, MPH
IHS National HIV Epidemiologist
Bruce Baird Struminger, MD, MA
Associate Director, Project ECHO
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease
Miranda Sedillo, MS
Program Planning Manager
Amy Armistad, MA