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HEPATITIS C PROGRAM

HCV Resources and Links

The information contained in this Resource Directory is intended as reference material only. The Caring Ambassadors Hepatitis C Program makes no representation nor implies endorsement of any product or service, nor does it accept any responsibility for any claims made by any resources listed.

General Medical Information Sites that Include Information About Hep C

Aetna Intelihealth
Internet address: www.intelihealth.com
This site is sponsored by the Aetna, Inc., an insurance company that is part of a larger international conglomerate. This site features Harvard Medical School’s

Consumer Health Information
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Internet address: www.naturopathic.org
This official site of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians offers a variety of resources on naturopathic medicine including a message board, library, and a naturopathic physician finder.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
Internet address: www.acam.org
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a nonprofit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM’s goals are to improve skills, knowledge, and diagnostic procedures as they relate to complementary and alternative medicine, to support research, and to develop awareness of alternative methods of medical treatment.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Internet address: www.certifieddoctor.org
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) site has a public education program, a physician locator, and information services. The board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one or more of 24 member boards of the ABMS can be checked through this site. This service is free to consumers. Listed physicians have subscribed to be included in this service.

The American Medical Association (AMA)
Internet address: www.ama-assn.org
The American Medical Association (AMA) site has a consumer health section that includes links to general health issues, specific conditions, your body, your family’s health, Kids Health Club, Doctor Finder, Hospital Finder, and a Medical Group Practice Finder. The nutrition section has information on such things as vitamins and fitness. It also has a medical glossary. There is a link to recipes, and new ones are posted every two weeks. This link also has information on health-oriented cookbooks and nutritional resources.

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Internet address: www.massgeneral.org/bhi/
The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is a world leader in the study, advancement, and clinical practice of mind/body medicine. The BHI provides outpatient medical services, training for health professionals, corporate and school-based programs, women’s health services, and affiliation for national and international health care systems.

The British Medical Journal
Internet address: www.bmj.com
The British Medical Journal is a free publication with up-to-date information about hepatitis C, among many other topics.

Aetna Intelihealth
Internet address: www.intelihealth.com
This site is sponsored by the Aetna, Inc., an insurance company that is part of a larger international conglomerate. This site features Harvard Medical School’s Consumer Health Information.

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Internet address: www.naturopathic.org
This official site of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians offers a variety of resources on naturopathic medicine including a message board, library, and a naturopathic physician finder.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
Internet address: www.acam.org
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a nonprofit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM’s goals are to improve skills, knowledge, and diagnostic procedures as they relate to complementary and alternative medicine, to support research, and to develop awareness of alternative methods of medical treatment.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Internet address: www.certifieddoctor.org
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) site has a public education program, a physician locator, and information services. The board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one or more of 24 member boards of the ABMS can be checked through this site. This service is free to consumers. Listed physicians have subscribed to be included in this service.

The American Medical Association (AMA)
Internet address: www.ama-assn.org
The American Medical Association (AMA) site has a consumer health section that includes links to general health issues, specific conditions, your body, your family’s health, Kids Health Club, Doctor Finder, Hospital Finder, and a Medical Group Practice Finder. The nutrition section has information on such things as vitamins and fitness. It also has a medical glossary. There is a link to recipes, and new ones are posted every two weeks. This link also has information on health-oriented cookbooks and nutritional resources.

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Internet address: www.massgeneral.org/bhi/ 
The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is a world leader in the study, advancement, and clinical practice of mind/body medicine. The BHI provides outpatient medical services, training for health professionals, corporate and school-based programs, women’s health services, and affiliation for national and international health care systems.

The British Medical Journal
Internet address: www.bmj.com
The British Medical Journal is a free publication with up-to-date information about hepatitis C, among many other topics.

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM)
Internet address: www.umassmed.edu/cfm
The Center for Mindfulness is an innovative leader in mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based treatment and research investigations, pioneering the integration of meditation and mindfulness into mainstream medicine and health care. They offer a number of pathways for people to cultivate a sense of well-being, confidence, and creativity.

CenterWatch
Internet address: www.centerwatch.com
CenterWatch is a clinical trials listing service of industry and government sponsored trials including recently FDA approved drug therapies.

ClinicalTrials.gov
Internet address: www.clinicaltrials.gov
This site is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. It provides current information on many clinical trials.

ConsumerLab.com
Internet address: www.consumerlab.com
Vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are not regularly tested by any government organization. ConsumerLab.com continually evaluates nutritional supplements in a laboratory environment. It also investigates problems with drugs.

Doc Misha’s Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine
Internet address: www.docmisha.com
This site has general information about Chinese medicine. There is specific information about HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.

Dr. Koop.com
Internet address: www.drkoop.com
Dr. Koop is a former United States Surgeon General. This site provides up-to-date information on hepatitis C and available treatments.

Dr. Weil.com
Internet address: www.drweil.com
Dr. Andrew Weil is a leader in the integration of western medicine and the exploding field of alternative medicine. This site has extensive information about integrated medicine.

The Glycemic Index
Internet address: www.glycemicindex.com/
Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels.

Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source
Internet address: www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/index.html
Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition Source is to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals, and the public.

Healthfinder
Internet address: www.healthfinder.gov
The Healthfinder site is easy to navigate and has a tremendous amount of information. There is a lot of good information on hepatitis C and non-western medicine under the “Hot Topics” section. The non-western medicine information includes links for general information, therapies, nutrition and lifestyle information, quackery and fraud, training and associations, and other topics.

Health World On-line
Internet address: www.healthy.net This comprehensive site provides access to information on a variety of therapies including acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy, and others. There are links to finding a health care provider in several different disciplines. This site has links to information on several diseases and conditions including hepatitis.

The Hepatitis B Foundation
Internet address: www.hepb.org
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life of people affected by the illness. There are Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese language versions of this site.

Hepatitis C Meditations
nternet address: www.HepCMeditations.org Hepatitis C Meditations offers a meditation CD to help meet the challenges that hepatitis C brings.

Hepatitis Central
Internet address: www.hepatitis-central.com
Hepatitis Central offers extensive information about all forms of hepatitis including hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, G, autoimmune hepatitis, and more.

HIVandHepatitis.com
Internet address: www.HIVandHepatitis.com
The staff of HIV and Hepatitis.com state their common objective is to create a quality online publication that provides accurate, timely and cutting-edge information about treatment for HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and co-infection with HIV/HCV and HIV/HBV. This site has an extensive list of consulting editors who review all materials before posting.

ITM On-line (Institute for Traditional Medicine)
Internet address: www.itmonline.org
This is the site of the Institute for Traditional Medicine. The Articles section has a Disorders Index that will take you to articles on hepatitis C. The START Index has good basic information on a wide variety of topics including acupuncture, the best time of day to take herbs, qi gong, the immune system, pregnancy, and Chinese herbs.

The Lancet
Internet address: www.thelancet.com
The Lancet is a peer-reviewed medical journal. You are able to search for articles on hepatitis C and are able to view the abstracts free of charge; full text articles can be viewed for a fee.

Lab Tests Online
Internet address: www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/index.html
Lab Tests Online is designed to help patients and caregivers better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.

National Association of County Veteran Service Officers
Internet address: www.nacvso.org
The National Association of County Veterans Service Officers is an organization made up of local government employees. Their members are tasked with assisting veterans in developing and processing their claims.

National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP)
Internet address: www.natap.org/
The NATAP mission is to educate individuals about HIV and hepatitis treatments and to advocate on the behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS and HCV. The information on the site is scientifically oriented, abundant, and comprehensive in its coverage of both HIV and hepatitis. The site is regularly updated with new articles, studies, and highlights from various major conferences.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Internet address: www.nccam.nih.gov
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts and supports basic and applied research and training and disseminates information on complementary and alternative medicine to practitioners and the public. There are sections on health information, current and completed research, news and events, and alerts and advisories.

The New England Journal of Medicine
Internet address: www.nejm.org
This is the site of the well-respected medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine. It provides access to the PubMed database from which you can search for and order medical journal articles on hepatitis C.

Net Wellness
Internet address: www.netwellness.com
This site is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati but is a joint project of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati. The site is a consumer health information site and has sections on current health news, health topics, clinical trials and more.

Oasis, Inc.
Internet address: www.oasisclinic.org
The Organization to Achieve Solutions in Substance Abuse (O.A.S.I.S.) is a nonprofit organization. The primary mission of Oasis is to provide low-cost, subsidized medical care, clinical research studies, and provision of and/or access to social and vocational rehabilitation services for medically marginalized former or current drug and alcohol users.

United Network for Organ Sharing
Internet address: www.unos.org
This is the site of the United Network for Organ Sharing whose mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation. The site has news articles related to organ transplantation.

U.S. Pharmocopeia (USP)
Internet address: www.usp.org
In pursuit of its mission to promote public health, U.S. Pharmocopeia establishes state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use. USP also develops authoritative information about the appropriate use of medicines. The site has prescription drug information and information about supplements.

The VA National Hepatitis Program
Internet address: www.hepatitis.va.gov
The Veterans Affairs National Hepatitis C Web site provides information about viral hepatitis for health care providers inside and outside the VA system, veterans, and the general public. The “Patient’s Corner” area of the site has basic information on hepatitis C for patients, their families, and the general public.

WebMD
Internet address: www.webmd.com
This site is owned by WebMD Corporation. This is a comprehensive on-line resource committed to providing general health information and support. The site is extensive.

Wholistic Healing Research
Internet address: WholisticHealingResearch.com
Wholistic approaches empower patients to participate in their own health care. The WHR site is a gateway for you to connect with many wholistic healing approaches through more than 900 pages of references and gateways to experiential learning.

Web Resources for Information on Healthcare Providers

A Note About Fee-Based Referral Services

Many referral services are fee-based, which means that while they may be free for you to access, health care providers pay a fee to be listed. Therefore, these services do not guarantee the experience level of the health care provider, they just provide general information. It is up to you to find out if a health care provider listed with these services has experience with hepatitis C.

Information and Referral Resources on the Internet for Western (Allopathic and Osteopathic) Health Care Providers

American Medical Association
Internet address: http://www.ama-assn.org

The Doctor Finder link or AMA Physician Select allows you to search for a physician by name or medical specialty.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
Internet address: http://www.certifieddoctor.org

This site has a public education program, a physician locator, and information services. You can verify the board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one or more of the 24 member boards of the ABMS. This service is free to consumers but physicians have subscribed to be listed in this service.

Information and Referral Resources on the Internet for Non-Western Health Care Providers

American Institute of Homeopathy
801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 306
Alexandria, VA 22314 
Phone: 703-246-9501
E-mail: aih@bigplanet.com
Internet address: http://www.homeopathyusa.org

American Naturopathic Medical Association
P.O. Box 96273 
Las Vegas, Nevada 89193 
Phone: 702-897-7053
Internet address: http://www.anma.com

The American Naturopathic Medical Association will make referrals to naturopathic physicians and homeopathic practitioners.

HealthWorld On-Line
Internet address: http://www.healthy.net

This comprehensive site provides links to resources for help in finding a health care provider in several different disciplines.

Institute for Traditional Medicine (ITM)
Internet address: http://www.itmonline.org

This site has extensive information about CAM disciplines. There are also direct links to other sites on topics such as Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Native American medicine, western medicine, and others.

Healthfinder
Internet address: http://www.healthfinder.gov

This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to a Health Library, the section entitled Health Care has extensive information about finding quality health care.

Pharmaceutical Resources

PowerPoint presentation on the  Patient Assistance Programs   for all companies in HCV in pdf format.

 

Gilead Support Path

Phone: 855-769-7284

Internet address: www.MySupportPath.com

 

 

Johnson and Johnson Patient Assistance

Phone: 800-652-6227

Internet address: www.jipaf.org

 

Genentech Access Solutions

Phone: 866-422-2377 Pegasys: 888-941-3331.

Internet address: www.Pegasysaccesssolutions.com

 

Merck CARES Patient Assistance Program

Phone: (800) PAP-5400

Internet address: www.MerckHelps.com

 

Kadmon CoPay Savings Programs (RibaPak and Infergen) 

Phone: 888-668-3393

Internet address: http://kadmon.com/docs/patients_assistance_copay

Organizations and Support Groups

Organizations and Support Groups

The ARK
Address 1: Chapel Rock Christian Church
Address 2: 2020 N. Girls School Rd.
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Zip Code: 46214
Day Group Meets: Third Saturday except July, August and December
Time Group Meets: Noon
Contact name: Mike Rickey
Contact Phone: 317-894-4429
Contact email: rickeymikee@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.hepcark.org

African American Council on Liver Awareness (AACLA)
10515 Blue Ridge Blvd. Suite 207
Kansas City, Missouri 64134
Phone: 1.888.436.HEPC (8472)
Office: 1.816.767.8472
Fax: 1.816.442.8089
Internet address: www.aacla-national.org
The African American Council on Liver Awareness (AACLA) is a national organization promoting viral hepatitis prevention, treatment and research in order to optimize the health of the African American community. Hepatitis C Multicultural Outreach and Strengthened by Grace Ministries are two outreach programs of the AACLA, offer free screening, testing and referral services to underserved communities.

AIDS Community Research Consortium (ACRC)
1048 El Camino Real, Suite B
Redwood City, CA 94063-1633
Phone: 650-364-6563
Fax: 650-364-9001
Internet address: www.acrc.org
ACRC’s mission is to improve health and quality of life through compassionate programs that address prominent and emerging public health concerns.

AIDS Treatment Data Network (The Network)
611 Broadway, Suite 613
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-260-8868 or (800)734-7104, ext. 16 (toll free in New York)
Fax: 212-260-8869
Internet address: www.atdn.org
The Network provides local and national services to people with HIV and coinfected with HCV/HIV. The Access Project (TheAccessProject@aol.com) is the agency’s national treatment advocacy and access program. They advocate for patients and assist providers in obtaining treatments for hepatitis, HIV, and AIDS related conditions.

American Liver Foundation *
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603
New York, NY 10038-4810
Phone: 212-668-1000 or 800-676-9340
Fax: 212-483-8179
Internet address: www.liverfoundation.org
The American Liver Foundation is a national, voluntary, nonprofit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases.

California Hepatitis Alliance *
Center for Health Improvement
1330 21 Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95811
Phone: 916-930-9200
Internet address: www.calhep.org
The California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP) seeks to reduce the scope and consequences of the hepatitis B and C epidemics, which disproportionately affect California’s ethnic communities and the socioeconomically underserved. Committed to culturally competent public education and awareness, CalHep focuses on sound public health policy and advocacy to improve California’s public health approach to liver wellness.

Caring Ambassadors Program *
PO Box 1748
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503-632-9032
Internet address: www.HepCChallenge.org
The Caring Ambassadors Hepatitis C Program is a national nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of the hepatitis C community. The mission is to improve the lives of people living with hepatitis C through information and awareness.

HCV Support *
P.O. Box 1077
South Dennis, MA 02660
Internet address: www.hcvsupport.org
HCV Support offers an informational forum and chat room for persons with Hepatitis C. They provide a place to post questions and share personal experiences regarding hepatitis C.

H.E.A.L.S of the South *
PO Box 180813
Tallahassee, FL 32318
Phone: 850-443-8029
Internet address: www.HEALSoftheSouth.org
The goal at HEALS is to expand awareness about liver health through educational programs, literature, and public speaking. Young people, veterans, minorities, and prison populations are some of the groups targeted by HEALS. By educating the public, they hope to aid in the prevention of hepatitis in all its forms.

Help & Education for Liver Patients (HELP!)
P.O. Box 2028
Santa Cruz, CA 95063-2028
Phone: 831-462-2979
Internet address: www.help4hcv.org
HELP! is a 501c3 non–profit organization dedicated to hepatitis C and organ donor awareness; support services for liver patients and their families; and integrated liver–&–life counseling for recovering addicts. Since 1998, HELP! has provided compassionate support, education, resource referral, and advocacy at all stages of liver disease, from newly-diagnosed to pre– & post–transplant to end-of-life.

Hepatitis B Foundation
3805 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: (215) 489-4900
Fax: (215) 489-4920
Internet address: www.hepb.org
The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national non–profit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. Their commitment includes funding focused research for HBV and HCV, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community and the general public.

Hep C Connection *
1325 S. Colorado Boulevard, B-302
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-860-0800 or 800-522-4372
Fax: 303-860-7481
Internet address: www.hepc-connection.org
Hep C Connection provides a hepatitis C network and support system to assist hepatitis C–challenged individuals and their families.

Hepatitis C Association *
1351 Cooper Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone: 866-437-4377
Fax: 908-561-4575
Internet address: www.hepcassoc.org
The Hepatitis C Association focuses on educating the public, creating awareness, promoting organ donation, and offering support to hepatitis patients. They do this through publications, an Internet site, a 24-hour toll–free support line, awareness pins, and educational programs.

The Hepatitis C Mentor & Support Group, Inc.
Email: HepatitisCMSG@gmail.com
Phone: 917-612-2731
Internet address: http://www.hepatitiscmsg.org/
We formed the Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group to address a lack of supportive services for people living with Hepatitis C. Support groups and patient mentoring services have been shown to be important elements of successful and cost effective medical care for patients with Hepatitis C and other chronic health conditions. These services improve the quality of life, as well as medical results, for individual patients. Support groups and patient mentoring services are more important than ever as we enter a new and promising era of treatment for Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C Support Project *
P.O. Box 427037
San Francisco, CA 94142-7037
Phone: 415-587-8908
Internet address: www.hcvadvocate.org
The Hepatitis Support Project offers support to those who are affected by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Support is provided through information and education, and access to support groups. The Project seeks to serve the HCV community and the general public.

Hepatitis Education Project *
The Maritime Building
911 Western Ave #302
Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206-732-0311
Internet address: www.hepeducation.org
The Hepatitis Education Project works to raise awareness about the facts concerning hepatitis patients and the resources available to help those who live with the disease..

Hepatitis Foundation International
504 Blick Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20904-2901
Phone: 301-622 4200
Internet address: www.hepfi.org
Hepatitis Foundation International works to increase awareness of the worldwide problem of viral hepatitis, and to educate the public and health care providers about its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Hepatitis C Network of Hawaii
The Hepatitis Support Network of Hawaii is the oldest hepatitis prevention, education, treatment and support organization in the Hawaiian Islands. Our primary mission is to help save lives affected by hepatitis B and C as well as infectious diseases.
Internet Address: http://Hepatitissupportnetwork.org

Hepatitis Prevention, Education, Treatment and Support Network of Hawaii (HEPTS) *
3254 Olu Street
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: 808-221-6204
Fax: 808-758-5797
E-mail: KenAkinaka@aol.com
HEPTS is the only hepatitis B and C advocacy organization in Hawaii. It offers educational presentations and training opportunities for people with hepatitis and health care professionals.

MO Hepatitis C Alliance
601 Bus Loop 70 W., Suite 106
Columbia, Mo 65203
Phone: 866-434-1975
Internet address: www.mohepc.org/ 
The MO Hepatitis C Alliance mission is to provide education, testing, and follow-up care to all people affected by HCV in rural and Mid Missouri. They work to increase awareness of HCV to the general public, healthcare providers, and the corporate community.

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 339
Washington D.C. 20001
Phone: 202-434-8090
Internet address: www.nastad.org
NASTAD strengthens state and territory-based leadership, expertise, and advocacy and brings them to bear in reducing the incidence of HIV infection and on providing care and support to all who live with HIV/AIDS. NASTAD’s vision is a world free of HIV/AIDS.

National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
Internet address: www.nvhr.org
The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable is a coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from viral hepatitis in the United States through strategic planning, leadership, coordination, advocacy, and research.

St. Luke’s Texas Liver Coalition
6620 Main St., Suite 1505
Houston, TX 77030
Ph: 832-355-5119 / 800-72-LIVER
Fax: 832-355-5550
Web: www.texasliver.org
The Texas Liver Coalition started in 1995 as a Hepatitis C Support Group, in 2002 we were incorporated into the St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and became the St. Luke’s Texas Liver Coalition. They offer educational trainings, free HCV & HBV testing throughout Texas and the confirmatory test, have a toll free LIver Line for people to call and ask questions. They are also available through email. TLC continues to run 20+ Support Groups, provide twice a month Hepatitis C Treatment Training Classes (teach patients that are getting ready to go through treatment), and designed an informational/educational CD called Hep C D with various links, presentations, etc. that is given to interested clients, and I try to find resources for people that need help.

San Louis Obispo Co. Hepatitis C Project *
P.O. Box 15130
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93406
Phone: 805-543-4372
Internet address: www.slohepc.org
The San Luis Obispo County Hepatitis C Task Force is dedicated to educational outreach, public awareness, and the on-going study of community needs regarding the impact of Hepatitis C in San Luis Obispo county.

Treatment Action Group
611 Broadway, Ste. 308
New York, NY 10012-2608
Phone: 212-253-7922
Internet address: www.aidsinfonyc.org/tag/index.html
The Treatment Action Group’s Hepatitis/HIV Project collaborates with activists, community members, scientists, government, and drug companies to make life-saving information, prevention, and safer, more tolerable, and more effective treatment for viral hepatitis and HIV available to all people who need it. It forges coalitions with activists worldwide to demand universal access to prevention, care and treatment for viral hepatitis and HIV.

Veterans Aimed Toward Awareness (VATA) *
111 West Main St.
Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-378-1415
Internet address: http://www.charityblossom.org/nonprofit/veterans-aimed-towards-awareness-inc-townsend-de-19734-terrance-l-baker-510388432
VATA is a member-run organization of veterans. Their outreach and advocacy is by and for the men and women who served in the nation’s military services and their families. VATA seeks political and social change within the veteran’s health system, the community, our state, and our country.

Women of a Certain Age . . .
http://www.jackigethner.com/woaca.html
Women of a Certain Age… provides local resources for women over fifty for information and support regarding HIV/AIDS, sexual health and Hepatitis C prevention education. WOACA disseminates this information through peer educators in community settings including churches, garden groups, workplace sites and other venues. WOACA was founded by Jacki Gethner (LMT, Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor and a resident of Portland, Oregon. Jacki is a renowned international health advocate, activist and educator.

Harm Reduction Resources

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)
Internet address: www.aatod.org
AATOD was founded to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive methadone treatment services throughout the United States. AATOD works with federal agencies and state substance abuse authorities concerning opioid treatment policy. The organization offers a program for providers entitled, the Hepatitis Education Training for Opioid Treatment Providers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Injection Drug Users
Internet address: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/index.htm#idu
This location on the CDC site has links to sources of information about viral hepatitis and its prevention in the setting of injection drug use.

Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA)
Internet address: www.anypositivechange.org/menu.html
CRA is a racially and ethnically diverse group composed of people living with HIV and drug use, working in addiction treatment, health care, education, law and assorted other areas. See also CRA’s better vein care/safer injection guide at www.anypositivechange.org/bvcsi.html.

Florida Hepatitis and Liver Failure Prevention and Control Program
Internet address: www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/aids/hep/index.html
Operated by the Florida Department of Health, this site provides viral hepatitis information, and hepatitis vaccine and testing availability. The Florida Hepatitis C Hotline is toll free at 1-866-FLA-HEPC. The hotline provides hepatitis C education and describes testing options.

Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC)
Internet address: www.harmreduction.org
The Harm Reduction Coalition is committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing. HRC fosters alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment; challenges traditional client/provider relationships; and provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users in their communities to address drug-related harm.

Immunization Action Coalition, Model Programs for Hepatitis A, B, and C Prevention
Internet address: www.immunize.org/
This location on the Immunization Action Coalition Internet site provides links to harm reduction programs and resources.

National Development and Research Institutes, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
Internet address: www.cduhr.org
CDUHR is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is the first center for the socio-behavioral study of drug use and HIV in the United States. The Center is dedicated to increasing the understanding of the drug use-HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly among high-risk individuals. The goal of the Center is to advance knowledge regarding social-level and other influences on HIV-related risk behavior, prevention and transmission. In addition, the Center facilitates the development of timely new research efforts and disseminates information to researchers and service providers.

North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN)
Internet address: www.nasen.org
NASEN is dedicated to the creation, expansion and continued existence of syringe exchange programs as a proven method of stopping the transmission of blood borne pathogens in the injecting drug using community. Site contains numerous links to harm reduction information.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Internet address: www.samhsa.gov/about/csat.aspx
SAMHSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness. The SAMHSA site has subsections including, but not limited to:

Consumer/Government Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act Information Line
Phone: 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Internet address: www.cdc.gov

Consumer Health Information Research
Phone: 816-228-4595

Department of Justice
Internet address: www.usdoj.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
For questions:
Phone: 800-669-4000 (voice) or 800-669-6820 (TDD)
To request documents:
Phone: 800-669-3362 (voice) or 800-800-3302 (TDD)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Office of Special Health Issues
Parklawn Building, HF-12
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD
Phone: 800-FDA-1088
Internet address: www.fda.gov
Contact the FDA to report side effects or other problems with drug treatment.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
National Agricultural Library/USDA
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 304
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 
Internet address: www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition
This site provides a dietary supplement resource list.

Medicare – Equipment and Supplies Program
Medicare contract suppliers or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse
Phone: 888-644-6226
Internet address: www.nccam.nih.gov
You can request free information either on-line or by phone.

National Council Against Health Fraud
Phone: 909-824-4690

National Digestive Diseases Info Clearinghouse
Phone: 301-654-3810
Internet address: digestive.niddk.nih.gov/
You can request free information either on-line or by phone.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Phone: 301-656-0003
Internet address: www.nfid.org

National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-496-1776
Internet address: www.nih.gov

National Library of Medicine
Internet address: www.nlm.nih.gov

Social Security Disability Line
Phone: 800-772-1213

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Internet address: www.healthfinder.com

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