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Hepatitis C Resource Centers (HCRC)

Hepatitis C Resource Centers (HCRC)

Centers

The Hepatitis C Resource Center (HCRC) network is an integral part of VA's National Hepatitis C Program. Each of the four HCRCs work closely with other elements of the Clinic Public Health group to develop best practices in hepatitis C prevention, clinical care, patient and provider education, and program evaluation for use within VA as well as for other medical care systems.

The four Hepatitis C Resource Centers are as follows:

  • Minneapolis: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, co-directed by Eric Dieperink, MD, and Christine Pocha, MD. Phone: 612-467-3137
  • San Francisco: The Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, California, led by Alexander Monto, MD. Phone: 415-221-4810 x2636
  • Connecticut: The VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut, led by Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD. Phone: 203-932-5711 x2206
  • Northwest: The VA Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center led by Michael Chang, MD, MSc, at the VA Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, in collaboration with VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA, Phone: 503-220-8262 x54482

Projects

Projects of the Resource Centers include:

  • Improved screening and testing methods
  • Assessment and treatment of patients traditionally excluded from hepatitis C treatment (including those with mental illness, substance abuse, or concurrent HIV infection)
  • Development and dissemination of models of interdisciplinary care to optimize treatment outcomes
  • Development and dissemination of clinical standards for treating patients will all stages of hepatitis C infection.

The HCRCs build on the success of the previous Centers of Excellence in Hepatitis C program, established by VA in 1999.

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