2015 Kelly Report Highlights Impact of Hepatitis C on African Americans

Sep 22, 2015 | Gretchen Weiss

On September 18, the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust released The 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America, an official Congressional analysis of the state of African American health in the United States that offers a blueprint for reversing negative health trends in communities of color. Compiled by CBC Health Braintrust Chair Robin Kelly (D-IL), this report provides a wide range of policy and legislative recommendations to ensure health equity.

The report features an article titled, “A Silent Inequity: Hepatitis C in the African American Community,” which highlights the disproportionate impact of hepatitis C on the African American community. While African Americans comprise about 13% of the U.S. population, they represent 25% of all hepatitis C cases. For African Americans ages 45 to 65 years old, hepatitis C-related chronic liver disease is the leading cause of death. The article includes several policy recommendations, including expanding hepatitis C testing and harm reduction efforts, and ensuring that correctional health systems are included and supported in implementing hepatitis C screening and preventive services.

The article also describes how barriers to accessing new hepatitis C treatments are particularly harmful to African Americans living with hepatitis C. The article calls for immediate expanded access to the hepatitis C cure as a vital component to reducing health disparities. Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) echoes the call for hepatitis C treatment access as part of his call to action in the Kelly Report.

Read the report


About Gretchen Weiss

More posts by Gretchen Weiss

0 Comments

Related Posts

  • National Environmental Public Health Tracking

Linking Exposures and Health Effects to Environmental...

This year, NACCHO piloted a technical assistance program focused on...

Jul 10, 2020 | Tiara Smith

Linking Exposures and Health Effects to Environmental...

2019 Profile Workforce and Finance Capacity final May 2020 Page 1
  • Press Release

NACCHO New Analysis: Changes in Local Health Department...

— Updated data highlight pre-COVID challenges and potential impact of...

Jul 10, 2020 | Andrea Grenadier

NACCHO New Analysis: Changes in Local Health Department...

Cdc badge small
  • Tools & Resources

CDC Report: Temporary Reassignment of Personnel Requests...

CDC recently updated its flexibilities guidance for recipients and applicants...

Jul 09, 2020 | Kim Rodgers

CDC Report: Temporary Reassignment of Personnel Requests...

Jennifer kertanis headshot 24152456360
  • Opportunity

Top Moments From Day Two at NACCHO 360

Welcome to the final day of NACCHO 360! Yesterday NACCHO Chief Executive...

Jul 09, 2020 | Taylarr Lopez

Top Moments From Day Two at NACCHO 360

COVID VC Screenshot
  • COVID-19
  • Tools & Resources
  • Emergency Response
  • Infectious Disease

NACCHO’s COVID-19 Virtual Community Now Available to All...

NACCHO has opened our COVID-19 Virtual Community to all local health department...

Jul 08, 2020 | Kim Rodgers

NACCHO’s COVID-19 Virtual Community Now Available to All...

Sync2020 logos horizontal 1024x304
  • HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis

Scholarships Available: SYNChronicity 2020 Conference –...

SYNC 2020, the National Conference for HIV, HCV, STI and LGBTQ Health, is...

Jul 08, 2020 | Julia Zigman

Scholarships Available: SYNChronicity 2020 Conference –...

  • COVID-19
  • HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis
  • Research & Reports

Kaiser Family Foundation: Reduction in Sexual and...

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new issue brief, Potential Impacts of...

Jul 08, 2020 | Julia Zigman

Kaiser Family Foundation: Reduction in Sexual and...

2000px US CDC logo
  • HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis

New Recommendations for Hepatitis Vaccination

CDC has released new recommendations for hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccination,...

Jul 08, 2020 | Julia Zigman

New Recommendations for Hepatitis Vaccination

TAG Logo
  • HIV, STI, & Viral Hepatitis
  • Research & Reports

Treatment Action Group 2020 Pipeline Report Now Available

Treatment Action Group (TAG) recently published their 2020 Pipeline Report, an...

Jul 08, 2020 | Julia Zigman

Treatment Action Group 2020 Pipeline Report Now Available

Back to Top