Addressing hepatitis C within a southwest tribal community

Francine C. Gachupin, Rene Harbaugh, Alex Amarillas, Frances Cupis, Jason Lockwood, Shanna J. Tautolo

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Objective: The objective was to identify and treat segments of the local population at greatest risk for viral hepatitis C (HCV) infections. Design: The tribal-based HCV initiatives included community involvement and outreach and HCV data were mined and analyzed. Medical records were reviewed, and new HCV tribal health policies and procedures were developed. Results: A total of 251 tribal members (63.7% male) were diagnosed with HCV and had a positive confirmatory test between the years 2009 and 2014. Through community-based outreach efforts, 85 HCV patients were successfully contacted for education, field-testing, referral and followup, an increase of more than 300%. Conclusions: The tribe increased ways to monitor HCV risk factors and communicable disease pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-554
Number of pages6
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • American Indian
  • Capacity Building
  • Hepatitis C
  • Rural Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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