July 26, 2023 -
 September 13, 2023
Select Wednesdays
8:00 AM -
 9:00 AM

Hepatitis C during pregnancy is associated with increased complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight. Implementing evidence-based strategies for preventing, screening, and treating Hepatitis C can improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.

By enhancing awareness, facilitating open communication, and offering empathic care, we can create an environment that empowers birthing individuals. It is crucial to develop comprehensive solutions that not only address the medical aspects of Hepatitis C antenatal and postpartum but also provide the necessary emotional support and reassurance to these mothers.


Series Leaders

  • Meredith Hodach Avalos, MD, MPH, Senior Public Health Physician, Internal Medicine Specialist, NJ Department of Health
  • Bernice Carr, MPH, MSc, Hepatitis C Epidemiologist, NJ Department of Health
  • Leah Habersham, MD, Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Assistant Professor OB/GYN, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Keerti Kalluru, BSPH, CDC Public Health Associate, Perinatal Hepatitis C Project Lead, NJ Department of Health
  • Tatyana Kushner, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Liver Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Jihad Slim, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease, Saint Michael’s Medical Center
  • Maryellen Wiggins, MSN, Public Health Consultant, 1- Nursing, NJ Department of Health

Learning Objectives

After participating in this ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology and prevalence of HCV in pregnancy
  • Explore the relationship between injection drug use and the transmission of HCV
  • Identify key components and strategies for building surveillance capacity for HCV in the prenatal setting 
  • Explain the long-term monitoring and follow-up for mother and child 

Continuing Education Accreditation

To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, CPE, and Social Work Credits, click here.



Hepatitis C 101: Introduction and Overview of HCV in Pregnancy
Wednesday • July 26, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
Decoding the Data: Harnessing the Power of Surveillance for HCV in Pregnancy
Wednesday • August 02, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
Addressing Priority Populations and the Impact of Injection Drug Use in Hepatitis C
Wednesday • August 16, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
Empowering Providers in the Care of the Pregnant Patient
Wednesday • August 23, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
HCV Treatment: Optimizing Outcomes in Pregnant Patients
Wednesday • September 06, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
Beyond Delivery: Postpartum Considerations for Hepatitis C
Wednesday • September 13, 2023
8:00 AM
- 9:00 AM