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Hepatitis C: A Crisis in the African American Community  
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In this landmark Consensus Panel Paper, the panel calls for increased focus on Hepatitis C from healthcare providers, government agencies, and private and public organizations. It supports the guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which recommends that all U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the Hepatitis C virus. One in 30 baby boomers has been infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and most don't know it. The panel recommends increased screening of Hepatitis C, especially in at-risk populations. The Consensus Panel's findings and recommendations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • There is a need for increased HCV awareness.
  • There is a need to accelerate current efforts to improve accuracy of Hcv prevalence and incidence data, which could lead to greater numbers of HCV-infected persons entering into treatment.
  • There is a need to reduce or eliminate under-diagnosis of HCV.
  • There is a need to provide training on HCV to current and future health providers.
  • There is a need for greater inclusion of African Americans in clinical trials.
  • There is a need for increased access to care and treatment for HCV-infected persons.
  • There is a need to address Hepatitis C in the criminal justice population.
  • There is a need for increased monitoring of outcomes of HCV screening.
  • There is a need to analyze and apply new treatment and treatment approaches.
  • There is a need to address gender and HCV.
     

NMA Hepatitis C Consensus Panel

Rahn K. Bailey, MD, FAPA
Co-Chair of the Consensus Panel
113th President of the National Medical Association
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN


Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP
Co-Chair of the Consensus Panel
112th President of the National Medical Association
Assistant Dean, Medical Education and Admissions
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC


Charles D. Howell, MD, AGAF
Co-Chair of the Consensus Panel
Professor of Medicine
Director, Hepatology Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Andrew J. Muir, MD, MHS
Co-Chair of the Consensus Panel
Director, Gastroenterology/Hepatology Research
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC


Azela C. Collins, MSN, RN, PRP
National Black Nurses Association
Sadye B. Curry, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Emerita
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC


Courtney M. Johnson, MD
PhD Candidate
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
National President
Student National Medical Association
Providence, RI


Wilbert Jordan, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Charles Drew University
Director, OASIS Clinic MLK-MACC
Los Angeles, CA


Philip R. Roane, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Howard University School of Medicine
Washington, DC


Eyasu Teshale, MD
Medical Epidemiologist
National Center for HIV, Hepatitis and STD Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta. GA


Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, MD
Health Strategist
NMA Hepatitis C Project Director
Bowie, MD

 

Hepatitis C Focus Group Results and Survey of  African American Physicians and Patients

  • In undertaking the Hepatitis C Project, the NMA sought to gather the best existing evidence on the incidence, morbidity and mortality of Hepatitis C in African Americans.
  • The NMA sought to use the existing information as the groundwork for development of it’s national action plan but saw the major “gaps” in the current literature related to African American physicians and patients.
  • The NMA recognized that as the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American physicians that the information that was needed could be readily found by surveying and “talking to” African American physicians in its membership.
  • The NMA further recognized the “wealth” of its members and their ability to survey patients in their offices. Thus the NMA conducted patient surveys to assist in the programs development.


Click the image above to view both the physician and the patient results, which is the foundation of the NMA’s Hepatitis C project.

 

NMA Hepatitis C Task Force

The Hepatitis C Task Force was formed by the NMA in 2011 to formally address and create an action plan around the crisis of Hepatitis C in the African American Community. One of the Task Force’s initial recommendations was to convene a Consensus Panel. Many of the members of the Task Force serve as experts on the Consensus Panel. Their assistance is invaluable to the ongoing work of the NMA in combating Hepatitis C.

Rahn K. Bailey, MD, FAPA
Co-Chair of the Hepatitis C Task Force
113th President of the National Medical Association
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN

Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP
Co-Chair of the Hepatitis C Task Force
112th President of the National Medical Association
Assistant Dean, Medical Education and Admissions
Director of Special Programs
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

Charles D. Howell, MD, AGAF
Co-Chair of the Hepatitis C Task Force
Professor of Medicine
Director, Hepatology Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Andrew J. Muir, MD, MHS
Co-Chair of the Hepatitis C Task Force
Director, Gastroenterology/Hepatology Research
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Sadye B. Curry, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Emerita
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC
Wilbert Jordan, MD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Charles Drew University
Director, OASIS Clinic MLK-MACC
Los Angeles, CA

Charles Peter Mouton, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN
Stephen Aubrey C. Parnell, MD
Gastroenterologist
Coast Gastro Enterology Medical Group Inc
Los Angeles, CA

Philip R. Roane, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC
Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, MD
Health Strategist
NMA Hepatitis C Project Director
Bowie, MD