Developing the Next National Viral Hepatitis Strategy
What Happens After the Current Action Plan Expires in 2020?
The development of the next iteration of a national viral hepatitis strategy for the United States is underway. This means there will be a new, updated national plan, grounded in the latest science, to guide stakeholders from all sectors in collaborative efforts focused on key strategies to achieve our national viral hepatitis goals.
The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, which has served as the nation’s roadmap in the fight against viral hepatitis, was first released in 2011 and later updated in 2014 and in 2017. The current National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan expires in 2020.
What Is the Process for Updating It?
In 2018, recognizing the importance of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the process to develop the next iteration of this plan in parallel with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which also expires in 2020.
The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS, is facilitating the process. OHAIDP is collaborating with partners from across many federal departments and agencies to compile the best available evidence and recommendations for the next viral hepatitis strategy to put the country on the path to meeting national goals. That work is being coordinated by a federal interagency steering committee. Input from stakeholders from all sectors of society from all across the nation is also being collected. The goal is to ensure that the next iteration of the nation’s viral hepatitis strategy remains responsive to pressing challenges in viral hepatitis, is focused on the most effective and scalable actions, responds to the needs of disproportionately affected communities and populations, and is based on the latest and best scientific evidence about viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment.
The next editions of both the nation’s viral hepatitis and HIV strategies are being developed at the same time. That means that some activities—like gathering stakeholder input—are being done concurrently. However, like their predecessors, they will remain separate and distinct national strategies, one for viral hepatitis and one for HIV.
How Does the Public Provide Input?
Community input is integral to the development of the next edition of the nation’s viral hepatitis strategy, as it has been in the development and implementation of the current and previous editions. Since the fall of 2018, OHAIDP has facilitated multiple opportunities for stakeholder input. From September 2018 - March 2019 there were 18 listening sessions conducted at national conferences, state and regional community planning groups, prevention trainings in rural areas, and federal advisory committees. A Request for Information was published in the Federal Register to gather written public comments from February – March 2019. All of this valuable input will be analyzed and shared with staff to inform the development of the national strategies.
When Will the Next Strategy Be Released?
The goal is to release the next editions of both the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in mid-2020.
What Has Happened Lately?
Read about some of the recent developments in this process in these blog posts:
- Participants at CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference Weigh In on Next National Viral Hepatitis and HIV Strategies, Developing a Federal STD Plan
- HHS Gathered More Stakeholder Input on the Next National HIV and Viral Hepatitis Strategies
- Process Launched to Develop Next National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- Virtual Listening Session Gathered Additional Stakeholder Input on Next National HIV and Viral Hepatitis Strategies
- Ryan White Stakeholders Share Input to Inform Next Iterations of National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan
- Listening Session Held with Health Department Leaders to Inform Updates to National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan and National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- First Listening Session Held at USCA to Inform Updates to National HIV/AIDS Strategy and National Viral Hepatitis Action Plans