Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently named Ashley Zuppelli, innovation director at Trillium Health in Rochester, to the state’s Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force.
The task force’s creation is the next step toward finalizing the elimination plan and builds on recommendations presented by community stakeholders at the state Hepatitis C Elimination Summit in 2017.
“I’m excited to represent Trillium Health and Rochester on Gov. Cuomo’s Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force,” Zuppelli said. “Using innovative strategies learned from New York State’s initiative to End the HIV Epidemic, stopping the spread of hepatitis C through education, prevention and accessible treatment can be a reality.”
The work of the task force will be supplemented by five workgroups: prevention; testing and linkage to care; care and treatment; surveillance, data and metrics; and social determinants.
“This strategic plan will not only improve the quality of life for those living with hepatitis C, but also ensure that New Yorkers have the support and resources they need to prevent this disease,” Cuomo said.
The governor’s Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force will pursue these initiatives over the next year and formally meet twice to advance the action items. All meetings are in the process of being scheduled and will be open to the public.