Indiana HCV Coalition
The Community Liver Alliance is convening an Indiana State HCV Coalition to address the intersection of viral hepatitis and the opioid epidemic. The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities for years, but only recently caught the attention of the media and national policy makers via incidents such as the HIV and Hepatitis C outbreak among drug users in Scott County, Indiana which trained the national spotlight on the alarming trend of heroin and opioid use at the intersection of Hepatitis C across the country.
Indiana is at the center of the opioid crisis and as a result there has been a spike in new Hepatitis C infections across the state. Statistics show that the intersection of Hepatitis C and the opioid epidemic greatly affect Indiana.
Indiana has nearly 50,000 people across the state living with Hepatitis C.
The number of acute HCV cases in Indiana increased by 400% from 2010 to 2015.
People who inject drugs (PWID), particularly those who share syringes and injection equipment, are the leading risk factor among both acute and chronic HCV cases in Indiana and increased since 2010.
In 2015, among cases of HCV who provided risk factor information during the case investigation, 30% acknowledged injection drug use, an increase of 18% from 2010.
A total of 1,308 Indiana residents died from HCV as the underlying cause of death from 1999-2014, with an average of 82 deaths per year.
To meet the emerging need, the Community Liver Alliance met with key Indiana Stakeholders and hosted a follow up call to identify the needs, challenges and opportunities. The results showed there is a need for an experienced community-based organization to bring together departments of health, harm reduction organizations, health systems, community-based organizations and industry partners across Indiana to collaborate on issues surrounding Hepatitis C. The State needs manpower to help develop a strategic elimination plan and understands large scale changes cannot happen until the Coalition is built.
The HCV Coalition is a statewide collective dedicated to improving the continuum of Hepatitis C prevention, screening, diagnosis, care, education and support services in the state of Indiana.
Raise the public profile of Hepatitis C as an urgent health priority
Develop collaborative projects to address gaps in local Hepatitis C services
Involve and mobilize stakeholders and policy decision-makers to improve access to Hepatitis C prevention and treatment services
We invite you to join us in our mission to affect change. Sign up using the form below.
Suzanna Masartis, Executive Director