Seizing the moment to end Hepatitis C

Category: Events | Posted on: October 24th, 2016

End Hepatitis C in Rhode Island

A discussion with experts and advocates

Our discussion took place: Thursday, November 17, 2016, atBrown University School of Public Health, 121 South Main Street, 3rd Flr., Providence, RI

Who: Hosted by Rhode Island Public Radio, in partnership with the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and the Rhode Island Department of Health

Live Streaming: You can watch the archived video webcast here

Hepatitis C is killing more Rhode Islanders today than ever before – especially baby boomers. And new infections are on the rise among young injection drug users. There is a cure for this infectious liver disease, but it’s expensive, and not everyone has access. We’ll discuss who should be tested for this deadly virus, how to protect yourself, and learn more about exciting new treatments. We’ll also talk about how widespread the disease is, and what Rhode Island is doing to combat it. Our panel of experts features doctors, disease experts, health insurers, and more.


  • Amy Nunn, ScD, Executive Director, Rhode Island Public Health Institute
  • Philip Chan, MD,  Infectious Disease, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Lynn Taylor, MD, Director, HIV/Viral Hepatitis Co-infection Program, The Miriam Hospital
  • Alan Epstein, MD, Director of Gastroenterology at Roger Williams Medical Center
  • Brandon Marshall, PhD, Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health
  • Donna Paine, PharmD, MBA, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Jerry Fingerut, MD, Associate Medical Director, Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Moderator: Kristin Gourlay, Health care reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio