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CDC Foundation launches Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition

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ATLANTA The independent nonprofit partner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC's division of viral hepatitis recently launched a coalition that provides feedback on the information and tools needed in the field of viral hepatitis.

CDC Foundation said the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition was launched in anticipation of the release of the Institute of Medicine report on viral hepatitis, which will provide funding for specific projects, and also will support CDC by sharing research data, connecting CDC to appropriate stakeholders and networks, and to respond to the recommendations outlined in the IOM report.

The coalition is comprised of private-sector organizations committed to supporting high priority research, education and program evaluation projects initiated by CDC's division of viral hepatitis. Founding members include: Gilead Sciences, Merck & Co., OraSure Technologies and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. In addition to supporting the overall coalition, members will have the opportunity to fund and partner with CDC on CDC-led research and education projects as priorities are identified. Two initial priority projects include a study called Birth-cohort Evaluation to Advance Screening and Testing for Hepatitis C (BEST-C) and a national hepatitis education campaign. For each project, Coalition members will reach out to other critical partners in the hepatitis community as appropriate, including partners from academia, patient advocacy and other hepatitis-related groups. Coalition members are committed to engaging the entire hepatitis community in efforts to improve screening and treatment of viral hepatitis.

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