These numbers demonstrate that with guidance and support, PCPs who have never previously treated HCV can achieve the same rate of cure as a specialist (95-99%).
The West Virginia Rural Health Association is pleased to announce that the West Virginia Hepatitis Academic Mentoring Partnership has reached the milestone of providing treatment guidance for 1,000 West Virginians with chronic Hepatitis C!
WVHAMP Scholars have achieved a rate similar to that expected of liver and infectious diseases specialists, 95-99%. The WVRHA is proud of its role in supporting this important program to improve the health of West Virginians.
Madison Humerick, MD
Dr. Humerick took the WVHAMP training in 2022 and has submitted 15 consultations and cured 5 patients of the 6 that have completed treatment so far.
Dr. Humerick works with her colleagues at WVU Rural Family Medicine Residency to mentor the resident physicians in treating Hepatitis C in clinic and as part of their street medicine program/rotation. She has successfully treated patients with housing insecurity and those with active substance use that are actively participating in the local harm reduction program at Berkeley County Health Department. Learning a new, practicing changing skill has been rewarding for her as a physician and part of a patient centered approach to medicine.
Dr. Humerick has seen that patients appreciate the one stop shop of treating their Hepatitis C while addressing acute and chronic primary care issues.
WVHAMP is a free telementoring partnership designed for primary and addiction care providers to link with disease experts for hepatitis C training. WVHAMP is designed to build a mentorship platform that is accessible to primary and addiction care providers caring for high-risk individuals throughout West Virginia, so that individuals with chronic hepatitis C can be cared for and cured in their own community.
Each Cohort will have a full-day (WVHAMP 1) session followed by a half-day (WVHAMP 2) session approximately 3-6 months later. Monthly evening webinars will occur every 2 months on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday.