Who We Are
The California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP) seeks to reduce the scope and consequences of the hepatitis B and C epidemics, which disproportionately affect California’s ethnic communities and the socioeconomically underserved. Committed to culturally competent public education and awareness, CalHEP focuses on sound public health policy and advocacy to improve California’s public health approach to liver wellness.
CalHEP is an alliance of more than 100 organizations dedicated to reducing the scope and consequences of the hepatitis B and C epidemics in California. CalHEP includes among its membership public health organizations, community-based organizations, clinics and health care agencies, county hepatitis task forces, and others committed to viral hepatitis prevention, care, advocacy, and education. CalHEP’s work focuses on:
CalHEP is a program of Project Inform.
CalHEP is managed by Emalie Huriaux, Director of Federal and State Affairs at Project Inform, and guided by a Steering Committee composed of leading viral hepatitis experts and advocates in California.
CalHEP began in June 2006 as The California Hepatitis C Alliance when organizations from across the state joined forces to advocate for sound HCV policies. The action plan of the nascent organization included advocating for: a statewide public awareness campaign; information clearinghouse; improved surveillance; better education for professionals and patients; and increased access to testing and vaccination for hepatitis C. CalHEP members began advocating in earnest on October 20, 2007—designated as Hepatitis C Advocacy Day—by visiting state and local officials in their home offices. By October 2007, CalHEP had obtained a grant from The California Endowment, broadened its mission to unifying hepatitis B and C interests in the state, and continued to expand its services and reach.