Bureau of Epidemiology and Health Informatics (BEPHI) will lead Component 1 and will work with Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention (BDCP) to create a plan to rapidly detect and respond to outbreaks of viral hepatitis as part of the Hepatitis Elimination Plan. They will systematically collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate data to identify trends and implement appropriate public health interventions to address hepatitis A, acute hepatitis B, and chronic hepatitis C. Contingent upon funding BEPHI will collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data to characterize chronic hepatitis B and perinatal hepatitis C.
BDCP will lead Component 2 and bring together a group of stakeholders, including individuals with lived experience, the Kansas Department of Corrections, BEPHI and Bureau of Family Health Overdose Data to Action staff, to create a viral hepatitis elimination plan. This plan will include increasing access to testing, treatment, prevention, and reporting. To expand provider capacity BDCP will create a list of current providers throughout the state, educate and increase providers through a Project ECHO. Contingent upon funding, BDCP will increase testing for hepatitis b and c, especially in community-based organizations and drug treatment organizations.