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Title Page Viral Hepatitis Services and Providers in Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Survey

Dzimira, Paula (2021) Title Page Viral Hepatitis Services and Providers in Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Survey. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Pennsylvania bears a considerable burden of viral hepatitis. Over 800 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in PA since January 2018 as part of large person-to-person outbreaks occurring in the United States. The opioid epidemic has also highlighted the increasing risk of hepatitis B transmission through intravenous drug use and PA remains among the top 10 states with the highest prevalence of chronic hepatitis C infections. The objective of this preliminary survey was to access the availability of hepatitis-related services and providers as well as current barriers to services with the goal of creating a centralized resource through which potential patients could find care.
Existing data and surveys conducted through the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and a prior hepatitis provider map were analyzed for gaps in knowledge regarding hepatitis provider availability and services. An online survey was created in collaboration with pertinent groups including the PADOH survey and communications team to be distributed to providers listed on the 2016 provider map, free and charitable health clinics, and federally qualified health care centers in PA. Phone and email follow-ups were conducted to increase buy-in and promote survey participation. Data collected were then summarized and analyzed utilizing Microsoft Excel and uploaded into ArcGIS Online to create an updated hepatitis provider map to be linked on the PADOH’s hepatitis C webpage.
Reliable access to up-to-date information regarding preventive services and treatment is essential to those seeking care and to combatting the spread of viral hepatitis in Pennsylvania. Through this preliminary survey hepatitis-related services, providers, and barriers to care were identified to inform potential solutions to increase access to these services. This preliminary survey highlighted the need for increased funding and training for hepatitis-related services as well as statewide geographic gaps in care. An understanding of current provider availability is imperative to address barriers to care, properly allocate resources, combat the rising spread of viral hepatitis across the state and prevent associated morbidity and mortality of this major public health problem.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dzimira, PaulaPAD80@pitt.eduPAD80
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGlynn, NancyEPIDNWG@pitt.eduEPIDNWGUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberOrkis, Laurenlmt61@pitt.edulmt61UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMair, Christinacmair@pitt.educmairUNSPECIFIED
Date: 14 May 2021
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 81
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 19:12
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 05:15


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