Hep C Peer Workers Role in Patient Navigation

Starting2/21/2018 Ending2/22/2018 StatusOpen
LocationRochester, NY CostFREE Credit HoursNone

The purpose of this two-day training is to prepare Hepatitis C Peer Workers to help people navigate hepatitis C (HCV) testing, linkage to routine medical care and engagement in HCV treatment.  This training will review the New York State Peer Certification core competencies related to patient navigation for HCV peer workers and focus on building specific skills and strategies peer workers can use to conduct outreach and other activities to help clients navigate the health care system.

Objectives: By the end of this training, participants will be able to:


  1. Define barriers that prevent optimal engagement in HCV care;
  2. Conduct outreach to link people with HCV to medical care
  3. Recall NYS AIDS Institute HCV Peer Worker competencies related to linkage to care and patient navigation;
  4. Outline strategies for assisting clients in navigating the complex maze of HCV screening, medical care and treatment;
  5. Respond effectively to common client concerns about accessing HCV care
  6. Identify best practices for serving as a client escort and providing a facility tour;
  7. Provide clients practical guidance regarding appointment scheduling, navigating the health care system and establishing a positive relationship with all members of their health care team.
  8. Provide clients with harm reduction and re-infection prevention support


Prerequisite: Overview of Hepatitis C for Peer Workers or similar course


Audience:  Peer Workers who work with clients living with or at risk for HCV

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