The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is requesting $818,943 for Year 1 of the project period to carry out the activities proposed to integrate viral hepatitis surveillance and prevention activities in Georgia. This includes $348,626 for Component 1 (Surveillance); $135,886 for Component 2 (Prevention); and $334,431 for Component 3 (Special Projects).
The activities are overseen by the Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology Team Lead. Based on the strategies outlined for Year 1, proposed activities will be prioritized to ensure that CDC is notified of all acute hepatitis A (HAV) infections, acute and chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) infections, as well as perinatal hepatitis C cases that meet the CSTE case definition. Georgia DPH will strive to increase case data completeness, including demographics and risk factors, to meet the percentages outlined in the individual outcome measures. Georgia DPH will also meet the criteria outlined to increase viral hepatitis vaccination as well as testing and linkage to care for those at high risk of infection, including within the DPH Syringe Services Program. We propose to initiate a Hepatitis ECHO to increase the healthcare provider capacity statewide to increase linkage to care and treatment. Georgia DPH will also partner with Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and Imagine Hope, Inc. to increase viral hepatitis and other services to injection drug use populations.