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Utilizing public health data to geotarget hepatitis C virus elimination approaches in urban and rural Michigan.
Weinheimer-Haus EM, Yu X, Singal AG, Naylor KB, Ammori C, Coyle J, Nallamothu BK, Witala W, Zhu J, Waljee AK. Utilizing public health data to geotarget hepatitis C virus elimination approaches in urban and rural Michigan. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. 2021 Feb 1; 28(2):440-444.
Using Michigan public health data, we assessed geographical access to specialist providers for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in urban and rural areas in Michigan and explored correlates of HCV in these areas to help inform HCV elimination planning and resource allocations. We found higher HCV incidence in urban areas, lower treatment specialist access in rural areas, but few correlates of HCV across adult populations in both areas. State and local HCV elimination planning should include population-based screening among all adults and address geographical barriers to care.