Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is a leading public health threat in the United States. Three related viruses—hepatitis A (HAV), B (HBV), and C (HCV)—cause liver inflammation and contribute to liver transplants and cancer, ultimately killing more Americans than any other infectious disease. We have the tools to stop outbreaks of HAV and eliminate HBV and HCV, but social and structural barriers, stigma and discrimination, and insufficient funding for the public health response limit access to hepatitis services. NACCHO works with local health departments to address these challenges and advance the prevention and elimination of viral hepatitis.

Local health departments (LHDs) are leaders in the fight against viral hepatitis and play a key role in moving our nation closer to the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. NACCHO supports local health department efforts to prevent and eliminate viral hepatitis through capacity building, guidance, and advocacy.

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Additional Resources

NACCHO’s Hepatitis C Public Health Detailing Kit is a collection of tools and resources to support local health departments in implementing public health detailing as a strategy to increase healthcare provider awareness and uptake of effective practices for HCV screening, diagnosis, and linkage to care and treatment. Public health detailing is a provider education method that includes visiting local provider sites to deliver brief trainings or presentations and distribute tools and resources to support uptake of best practices and patient education.

NACCHO’s online educational series covers topics across the hepatitis C virus (HCV) care continuum from prevention to cure. The series highlights the roles for local health departments across the continuum and shares examples of successful strategies for expanding and strengthening HCV programs and services. Each module in the series includes pre-recorded lectures, discussion guides, resources, and tools.

Recent data indicate that there has been an increase in the rate of new hepatitis B infections in the U.S., which many largely attribute to increasing injection drug use. To address this, Hep B United and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) hosted a three-part webinar series on local strategies to eliminate hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections.

Stories from the Field provides a means for local health departments to share their experiences and demonstrate the value of public health.

To be featured on our blog or other NACCHO communications, email Kat Kelley (she/her) at kkelley@naccho.org with an overview of your idea or program! Visit Stories From the Field to access more stories.

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Mobilizing Emergency Response in Hepatitis A Outbreaks

2019 Prep Summit town hall on what it takes to manage a sustained response to a Hep A outbreak.

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NACCHO’s Model Practices Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, LHDs contribute to the overall improvement of public health through effective evidence-based practice methods.

Model Practices are awarded to local health departments across the country for implementing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable outcomes in response to an identified public health need. Promising Practices are exciting approaches and strategies to local public health issues that are on track to becoming Model Practices. Each awarded practice was reviewed by a committee of peers, made up of other local health department professionals, and selected from a competitive collection of applications.

View the drop-downs below to access select STI-related Model Practice and Promising Practice award winners from the last two years. To view all Model Practice awardees from previous years, visit our searchable database.

Application Title Award Status Year Awarded Health Department Name Keywords
Healthcare on the Spot: Integrated Mobile Treatment Promising Practice 2020 Baltimore City Health Department (MD) Harm reduction, mobile services, MAT, naloxone, HIV prevention, STI prevention, syringe exchange
Aurora Syringe Access Services Model Practice 2019 Colorado Public Health Agencies (CO) Harm reduction, syringe exchange, hepatitis C, people who use drugs, opioid, naloxone, outreach, coalitions, partnerships, HIV prevention
Hepatitis A Outbreak Response: Foot Team Deployment Using Geospatial High-Risk Activity Data Promising Practice 2020 Florida Department of Health Pinellas County (FL) Infectious disease, immunization, HAV, hepatitis A outbreak, field investigation, incident response, emergency response
Hepatitis A Outbreak Response Promising Practice 2019 Oakland County Health Division (MI) Infectious disease, immunization, HAV, hepatitis A outbreak, emergency response, awareness campaign, hotline, vaccination clinic
Addressing a Hepatitis A Outbreak - Collaborative Community Response Promising Practice 2019 Macomb County Health Department (MI) Infectious disease, immunization, HAV, hepatitis A outbreak, awareness campaign, epidemiology, collaboration
Hepatitis A Vaccination in Correctional Facilities Promising Practice 2019 Bullitt County Health Department (KY) Infectious disease, immunization, HAV, hepatitis A outbreak, collaboration, vaccination, correctional facility, incident response, injection drug use
Innovative Strategy to Increase Identification of Infants born to Chronic Hepatitis B Mothers Model Practice 2018 Houston Health Department (TX) Infectious disease, quality improvement, HBV screening, hepatitis B, maternal health, research and evaluation, electronic medical records
Implementing PrEP and Hepatitis C Evaluation/Treatment in an Adult Health and STD Clinic Promising Practice 2018 Jefferson County Department of Health/Alabama Public Health Jefferson District (AL) Hepatitis C, HCV, HIV prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis, linkage to care, training, HCV testing, collaboration, sexual health clinic

Policy Statements

NACCHO's policy statements and communications to Congress and the administration related to viral hepatitis are found below. The organization's Board of Directors determines positions on public health issues. Learn how local health departments have used NACCHO's policy statements to influence local, state and federal policy.

NACCHO members participate actively in the organization's policy development process through workgroups. The HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup, Infectious Disease Workgroup, and Immunization Workgroup contribute to the development and revision of viral hepatitis-related policy statements. Learn more about the HIV, STI, and Viral Hepatitis Workgroup and apply to join here.

Viral Hepatitis-related policy statements

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    Letters to Congress and the Administration

      View more policy statements and letters to Congress and the administration on NACCHO's Policy and Advocacy page.

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