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Local Health Experts Talk about Hep C

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May 21, 2019
Local health experts talk about Hep C. Free event and dinner scheuduled May 23 in Spokane, Washington.

SPOKANE – Last fall, Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a first-in-nation approach to eliminate hepatitis C in Washington State by 2030. The Governor's Directive 18-13 focuses on hepatitis C elimination through combined public health efforts and a new medication purchasing approach.

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Washington State Department of Health, and Spokane Regional Health District are partnering to bring “Let’s talk about Hepatitis C” to Spokane. The free event includes dinner and all are welcome, May 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Spokane Regional Health District Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 1101 West College Avenue, Room 140 in Spokane.

Featured at the event will be Dr. Monica Graybeal, PharmD, of Unify Community Health and Dr. Emily Colgate, MD of CHAS to answer questions attendees may have regarding hepatitis C.

In order to achieve hepatitis C elimination in Washington State, the Department of Health (DOH) is involving stakeholders to help shape the campaign to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030. Stakeholders include people affected by the hepatitis C virus, tribal nations, local health jurisdictions, medical providers, and others with an interest in hepatitis C elimination.

Attendees will learn about hepatitis C and its impact in your community; have the opportunity to ask medical providers about hepatitis C and medications that can cure it; hear from members of the community who have been cured; and give input into what is needed to make Washington state hepatitis C free.