The World Hepatitis Alliance set a goal of hepatitis B and C elimination by the year 2030, but hepatitis elimination planning and service implementation in the US is severely underfunded, and processes vary greatly from state to state. The O’Neill Institute, in partnership with NVHR and the Harvard Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI), designed a rubric by which to assess states’ readiness to eliminate hepatitis B and C, and assigned states grades based on publicly available information in an effort to spark statewide advocacy and planning efforts.
The O’Neill Institute hired Facente Consulting to develop a toolkit companion to the hepatitis elimination grading rubric. For this project, we did a detailed landscape analysis, reviewing existing national and statewide hepatitis elimination plans, and developed interview questionnaires for hepatitis staff at health departments, the CDC, and NASTAD. We also conducted 16 interviews with hepatitis representatives at the aforementioned institutions, presented the findings to the O’Neill hepatitis elimination team, created an outline for the toolkit, and fully developed two components of the hepatitis elimination toolkit.