Division of General Internal Medicine Hepatitis C Clinical and Research Program
The Division of General Internal Medicine Hepatitis C Clinical and Research Program is an innovative program based within the primary care clinic services. Our comprehensive team management model ensures that patients receive supportive services from diagnosis through care and treatment for their hepatitis C.
The Hepatitis C Clinical and Research Program provides community education and conducts rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody testing and confirmatory HCV RNA testing in the community to identify individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection and link them to health care. This is also known as our Hepatitis C Education and Liver Screening (HEALS) program. We also provide evaluation and treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection in the primary care setting using a multidisciplinary team model – mental health, social work, and nutrition services are available to all patients. In addition, we, hold a monthly patient support group on the first Wednesday of every month 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Through the New York State Department of Health HepCAP program, we are able to provide medical care for patients who do not qualify for health insurance, including undocumented persons.
Education for Health Care Providers
The Hepatitis C Clinical and Research Program provides education about chronic hepatitis C infection to the staff (including residents, medical students, and pharmacy students) and patients of our community partners and trains and educates peers to work with staff to achieve program goals.
Our team conducts health services research on the spectrum of hepatitis C testing, linkage to care, and treatment. In addition, we develop innovative tools for health care providers and patients to use to improve treatment outcomes, including the Psychosocial Readiness Evaluation and Treatment for Hepatitis C and the HepCure Application. Mount Sinai participates in the New York City Hepatitis C Task Force.
Funding for the Hepatitis C Clinical and Research Program is provided by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, the Robin Hood Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the CDC Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation.
Donald Gardenier, DNP