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Viral Hepatitis Planning Group

Hepatitis Section

Welcome to the Florida Viral Hepatitis Planning Group Homepage

The Florida Viral Hepatitis Planning Group (VHPG) was established in 2004 to encourage and promote the combined efforts of dedicated, skilled individuals and organizations to reduce the growing burden of viral hepatitis on Floridians, their families, and communities. The Planning Group included representation from the community, private health care, public health, corrections, academic institutions, drug treatment, and other areas.

The main purpose of the VHPG was to write a comprehensive hepatitis prevention plan for Florida that included goals, objectives, actions, a list of gaps in services, a list of barriers to providing services, and two specific lists of unmet needs. A secondary purpose of the VHPG was to provide a forum for representatives from around the state to meet and discuss viral hepatitis issues and activities of the Hepatitis Prevention Program (HPP). The group produced position statements related to hepatitis issues, and it often functioned as an advisory group to the HPP. The VHPG would meet at least once a year. To learn more about the Viral Hepatitis Planning Group and review past position papers and previous meeting minutes/agenda, go to the navigation tabs on the left.

Currently, the Hepatitis Prevention Program is working to establish a statewide Viral Hepatitis Elimination Plan (VHEP) under a new advisory group. More information to follow.