Who We Are
The National Hepatitis Corrections Network (NHCN) is an initiative of the Hepatitis Education Project (HEP), a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, WA. We are a diverse group of professionals from agencies working to address viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis C (HCV), in our correctional institutions.
Members of the NHCN share resources and collaborate on new projects. We work to improve viral hepatitis education for prisoners and correctional healthcare providers. We advocate for improved screening and treatment practices and we connect incarcerated hepatitis patients to resources. Our goal is to increase access to information and care for prisoners living with viral hepatitis.
Network members include representatives from the following:
Prison and jail healthcare service providers
Research and academia
National coalitions and organizations
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A little history:
The first Hepatitis Prison Coalition was started by the late Phyllis Beck of Eugene, Oregon. Phyllis believed that everyone with hepatitis C deserved proper medical care - including men and women who are incarcerated. Phyllis passed away in 2008, but her legacy continues through the work of the NHCN.
On May 15th, 2009, the Oregon State House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1, a memorial to Phyllis Beck recognizing her life and work on behalf of prisoners affected by hepatitis. Click here to read the resolution (PDF).
The Hepatitis Education Project (HEP) is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington dedicated to providing support, education, advocacy and direct services to people affected by hepatitis. HEP has a long history of working in prisons and jails. You can read about two of our corrections programs here(prisons) and here(jails).