DECC Weekly Update: Friday, October 24, 2014

TEAM DECC presents: Debra Bartleson, City Council
Featured Nonprofit: Hep C Connection 

My sister struggles with Hepatitic C (Hep C). Hep C Connection has been a support to my sister and me with information, contacts, and emotional support. I highly recommend the organization and their staff for assistance and knowledge regarding Hep C, a very hidden epidemic. I give monthly through our DECC program to assist their great work. Please consider supporting Hep C Connection through this year’s DECC. Your support makes a difference in the lives of individuals and families fighting Hepatitis.

 This week's featured agency:
Hep C Connection

Hep C Connection is one of the nation’s premier hepatitis C-focused advocacy organizations and the only one of its kind in Colorado. It has a history of community education, patient support, and disease prevention strategies. Based in Denver, the organization offers a variety of educational and support opportunities for people living with hepatitis C, their families and friends, and healthcare providers. Hep C Connection’s mission is to educate the general public about hepatitis C and to provide resources and support for those affected by the virus.
Hep C Connection was founded in 1995, as a “patients helping patients” support and awareness community resource by Ann Jesse and dedicated group of community activists. Alarmed by the increasing incidence of hepatitis C and the lack of information or resources available to those impacted by the disease, they initially focused on (1) the development and implementation of a support group model and (2) the development of a telephone information and referral service. Today, Hep C Connection has grown into a unique and comprehensive model of public awareness and prevention strategies, educational programs, and support services.

From the outset, the Hep C Connection worked closely with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver Health and Hospitals, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to establish its credibility in the health care community. Today, the agency continues to collaborate with a number of agencies in its efforts to provide education and support around hepatitis C and co-infection (HCV/HIV) and to promote awareness and prevention of hepatitis C. Click here to learn more about Hep C Connection.