Hepatitis C: Testing, Diagnosis, and Treatment During Pregnancy and Childbearing Age

Would you like to improve hepatitis C identification, testing, and treatment for your patients? In addition to providing strategies to improve patient services, this recorded webinar focuses on why rates of HCV have tripled in the last decade and how you can address this increase in your practice.  Dr. Chappell will also describe strategies to diagnose and treat HCV specifically in the pregnant population and people of reproductive age. 

**Instructions to access the course will be provided after you register.**

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this recorded webinar, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the epidemiology of hepatitis C in pregnancy and women of reproductive age (WRA);
  • explain why the CDC recommends universal screening guidelines for hepatitis C;
  • illustrate the process and importance of identifying hepatitis C positive pregnant people and WRA;
  • describe the recommended screening sequence for hepatitis C including anti-HCV and RNA testing; and
  • present post-test counseling messages including linkage to care for pregnant people and WRA. 

Target Audience
This recorded webinar is appropriate for social service staff working with children and family services; hospital and clinic-based social workers; in-home visiting nurses and service providers; health educators; and other public health professionals. 

Catherine Chappell, MD, MSc is an early career physician investigator whose long-term objective is to conduct clinical research studies improving the care of reproductive-aged, underserved women with chronic viral infections. She is a board-certified academic obstetrician-gynecologist with a Master of Science degree in clinical research. Chappell has completed two fellowships in reproductive infectious diseases and family planning.  She has conducted several studies evaluating the safety of antivirals for both prevention of HIV and treatment of hepatitis C virus in pregnant women.  In addition, Dr. Chappell created a clinical pathway for perinatal hepatitis C virus care for pregnant and postpartum women at Magee-Womens Hospital.  This recorded webinar draws from her clinical and research experience with hepatitis C. 

Technology Requirements
A computer with high-speed internet connection is required to view this course.

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

Creation Date
This course was created in July 2021.