The HIV, Hepatitis, and Public Health Pathogens Programs are part of the Clinical Public Health group.
To provide state-of-the-art clinical public health services to VHA providers and patients in the areas of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis, and public health pathogens.
To be recognized as the definitive resource within VHA for improving delivery of preventive and clinical care to Veterans with, or at risk of infection by HIV, hepatitis viruses, and public health pathogens.
VA is the largest single provider of HIV care and hepatitis C care in the United States. In calendar year 2012, over 26,000 Veterans received care for HIV disease in VA and over 173,000 Veterans who used VA health care services had laboratory tests confirming chronic hepatitis C.
Our expertise includes clinical knowledge, particularly infectious diseases and associated comorbid conditions; mental health and substance use disorders and care, particularly in relation to the impact of mental health and substance-use comorbidities on HIV and viral hepatitis; epidemiology; informatics; field-based communication, education and implementation; and project management.
We use epidemiologic data, appropriate quantitative and qualitative metrics, and input from field providers and patients to identify structures and processes that affect access, quality, and cost of care for Veterans with HIV, viral hepatitis, or other public health pathogens. These become targets for interventions that can be translated into deliverables.
We deliver practical tools that support best practices by providers; education and communication projects designed to change provider and Veteran behavior; quality improvement initiatives that remove barriers to care; and where indicated, proposals for legislative and policy changes.
Our educational materials can be found on the VA HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis websites: