New Jersey Viral Hepatitis Elimination Summit

Join us for this exciting conference to launch a NJ Statewide Hepatitis Elimination Strategy!

Hepatitis Forum


Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.

Acting Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Health

Carol Jimenez, JD

Deputy Director Strategic Initiatives, Office of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services

Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH

Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Lauren Canary, MPH

Director, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

Frank A. Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP

President and Chief Executive Officer, Rutgers Health University Behavioral Health Care

Governor James McGreevey

Chairman, New Jersey Reentry Corporation

Tina Tan, MD, MPH

Assistant Commissioner/State Epidemiologist, NJ Department of Health

Navin Tij, MD, MSPH

Physician Scientist and Patient Advocate

Senator Joseph F. Vitale

New Jersey State Senate, Chair of the Committee on Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens

Su Wang, MD, MPH

Medical Director Center for Asian Health, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and President-Elect, World Hepatitis Alliance

Clinical Pre-Session & Breakfast | 8 – 9 am


>Landscape of national and international policies to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

>The state of Hepatitis B & C in New Jersey and confronting the growing epidemic

>The syndemic of the opioid crisis and infectious diseases

>Eliminating health disparities in high risk groups

>Strategies and novel approaches to hepatitis screening, prevention, treatment and cure


> 7:45 am - Registration opens; Breakfast in Resource Room

> 8:00-8:45 am - Clinical Pre-session: Hepatitis B & C 101 & Latest Developments

Dr. Ronald Nahass, ID Care

> 9:00-9:30 am - Welcoming Remarks

Stephen Zieniewicz, President & CEO, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Jen Velez, JD Executive VP, Community & Behavioral Health, RWJBH

Judith Persichilli, RN, Acting Commissioner of Health for NJ

Senator Joseph Vitale, NJ Assemblyman, 19th District

> 9:30-10:30 am - Viral Hepatitis Elimination - National, State, and Patient Perspectives

Moderator: Dr. Su Wang, SBMC, World Hepatitis Alliance

Carol Jimenez, Office of Infectious Disease & HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS

Dr. Tina Tan, NJ State Epidemiologist

Dr. Navin Vij, Physician Scientist & Patient Advocate

> 10:30-10:45 am - Break & Resource Room Open

> 10:45am-12:15 pm - Expert Panel: Hepatitis Syndemics & Micro-Elimination Strategies

Moderator: Chris Menschner, Assistant Commissioner, HIV/STD, TB

Natassia Rosario, Policy and Advocacy, NJ DOH

Governor Jim McGreevey, New Jersey Reentry Corporation

Chari Cohen, Hepatitis B Foundation

Frank Ghinassi, Rutgers Behavioral Health

> 12:15-1 pm - Lunch/Resource Room/Patient Videos

> 1:00-2:00 pm - CDC Strategy & Community Partnerships Supporting Elimination

Moderator: Kyung-Hee Choi, Holy Name Hospital

Dr. Carolyn Wester, Director, Division of Viral Hepatitis, CDC

Lauren Canary, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

Annette Gaudino, Treatment Action Group

> 2:00-3:45 pm - Viral Hepatitis Think Tank: Strategy Planning Session

Facilitators: Lauren Canary & Annette Gaudino

Think Tank Session

Attendees will participate in Round Robin format discussion at tables covering 12 different viral hepatitis elimination areas. This will be an exciting and important opportunity to network with colleagues, bring together the hepatitis work that is currently happening in NJ, and plan for future efforts.

Pre-assigned moderators will facilitate the groups to identify target areas, key actions and partnerships for developing and carrying out NJ’s Viral Hepatitis Elimination Strategy.

1.Advocacy & Policy Reform

2.Healthcare-Setting Strategies to Increase Testing

3.Healthcare-Setting Strategies to Increase Care & Treatment

4.Addiction and Opioid Efforts: Increasing Testing & Treatment

5.Harm Reduction & Syringe Services Programs: Increasing Access & Testing

6.Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (HBV and HCV)

7.Adult Hepatitis A & B Vaccination Opportunities

8.Reaching Asian, African & Other HBV At-Risk Communities

9.Incarcerated & Reentry Based HCV: Screening & Treatment

10.Integration Opportunities for Testing & Treatment: HIV, Cancer Prevention, Behavioral Health, STD, LGBTQ

11.Data and Surveillance: Reporting, Analysis, Partnerships

12.Mobilizing Patients/Affected Communities & Promoting Health Equity

Make your choice for Think Tank table at

> 3:45-4:00 pm - Next Steps: NJ Hepatitis Coalition Formation, Committees for Strategy

> Closing Remarks: Laura Taylor and Su Wang


Please be advised that parking for the event will be available at multiple locations and may be limited depending on your time of arrival:

Parking Lot 7: From Northfield Ave, turn onto East Cedar Street and continue up the hill until you see a blue sign with the #7, turn right. Please note if you are arriving later the lot gate closes at 9:30AM.

RWJBH Corporate: 95 Old Short Hills Rd, West Orange, NJ 07052 (parking may be limited)

Patient Visitor Lot #3: 94 Old Short Hills Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039 (parking is limited)

Shuttle buses are available from both corporate and parking lot #7. The shuttle runs continuously, beginning at 7:00 AM until 9:30AM and from 1:45PM to 8:30PM.

Register Today. Seating is Limited.

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or call 888-724-7123

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

94 Old Short Hills Rd.

Islami Auditorium

Livingston, NJ 07039

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