March 9, 2017
Action Hepatitis Canada was very active in Banff last week, making the most of the gathering of Canada's top hepatitis C experts for the 6th Canadian Symposium on HCV.
On Thursday, March 2, the AHC Steering Committee met for the first face-to-face meeting of the year, tackling big questions of priorities, remaining barriers, and where to best place our efforts for maximum impact on the issues of testing and diagnosis, pricing and access, monitoring and care, political engagement/messaging, upcoming opportunities, and our 2017 regional capacity building meeting in the prairies.
On Friday morning ahead of the Symposium, we hosted a number of physicians and nurses in a very productive breakfast meeting. We were able to share a little about who the AHC is and what we do, and receive valuable feedback from these treaters about what policy barriers interfere with their work, how the AHC can help them, and ways that they would be interested in collaborating with the AHC. The information gleened from this short time together was invaluable and we are very grateful to the treaters who made time to meet with us.
The Symposium provided lots of interesting perspectives in the research and policies around hepatitis C treatment and care and the goal of elimination. It also provided an opportunity for the AHC to meet new potential members, share some of our positions, and further our relationship with CanHepC. Our chair Patricia Bacon represented the AHC very well on a panel discussing the need for a national strategy, and we were able to distribute postcards and display a poster, in addition to our info booth.
All in all, a very full and productive 2 days of advocacy in Banff.
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