Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

Viral hepatitis continues to be a public health priority that requires the concerted efforts of individuals, agencies and organizations at all levels and in every community. The 2016 - 2020 Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan provides a roadmap to maximize the effectiveness of the work of a diverse array of stakeholders engaged in fighting viral hepatitis in NYS.

Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan is to outline a coordinated, comprehensive and systematic approach that will decrease the incidence and reduce the morbidity and mortality of viral hepatitis.

The Vision is to eliminate new hepatitis A, B and C infections and improve the quality of life for individuals living with chronic hepatitis B and C.

Overview

The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan maintains the modular approach adopted in 2015 following input and recommendations from diverse stakeholders, including consumer and provider advisory bodies, local health departments, other NYS government agencies, statewide immunization coalitions, medical provider associations, clinicians, community groups and consumers. The updated plan combines the separate strategic plan frameworks found in the 2010-2015 version into one viral hepatitis framework for hepatitis A, B and C. The framework is comprised of five focus areas with wide-ranging goals and strategies necessary for a comprehensive approach. The framework offers flexibility to meet a variety of needs, offering users latitude and options for action. The framework is intended to be user-friendly and engaging.

The success of the Plan will involve a coordinated, collaborative and sustained approach for viral hepatitis prevention, education, surveillance and research, medical care and treatment and policy and planning. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will engage and facilitate the involvement of others in carrying out the necessary activities to achieve the Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan's goals and strategies. By aligning activities with the 2016-2020 Viral Hepatitis Strategic Plan, the NYSDOH and others will maximize opportunities to eliminate new hepatitis A, B and C infections and improve the quality of life for individuals living with chronic hepatitis B and C.