Hep Free 2030: The Hawai'i Hepatitis Elimination Strategy 2020-2030
Hep Free Hawai'i (HFH) is a coalition of over 90 local, national, and global partners dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to viral hepatitis and harm reduction services throughout the state of Hawai'i. Originally a partnership between the Hawai'i Department of Health's Harm Reduction Service Branch, the Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center (formerly the CHOW Project and the Life Foundation), and the AIDS Community Care Team, they have grown by connecting with communities across the islands, aiming to make Hawai'i truly "Hep Free."
On World Hepatitis Day, July 28 2019, they partnered with the Hawai'i Department of Health and the Hawai'i Health & Harm Reduction Center to host the inaugural meeting to develop Hawai'i's Hepatitis Elimination Plan. It was attended by 45 stakeholders including patients, consumers, medical and social service providers, policymakers, among others. The meeting was also attended by Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who proclaimed hepatitis elimination an important priority for Hawai'i.
This strategy aligns with recommendations from other plans:
- CDC Winnable Battles Framework, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
- National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, United States Department of Health and Human Services
- Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, 2016-2021, World Health Organization
"Hep Free 2030: The Hawai'i Hepatitis Elimination Strategy 2020-2030" aims to eliminate hepatitis in Hawai'i by addressing viral hepatitis along the continuum of a "care cascade" or "result chain", step-wise frameworks that reflect the need for a multi pronged, intersectional approach to truly eliminate hepatitis. This strategy is intended to integrate with other local plans, including "H20: Hawai'i HIV Elimination Plan."
Based on the core values of harm reduction, social justice, intersectionality, and aloha, community partners identified five priorities to eliminate hepatitis A, B, and C in Hawai'i:
1. Awareness and Education
2. Access to Services
3. Advocacy at All Levels
4. Equity in Everything
5. Data for Decision-Making
Evaluation of goals, objectives, and critical issues will take place during monthly meetings and annual stakeholder convenings through 2030.