World Hepatitis Day

Today, World Hepatitis Day, across Canada, events are taking place to bring awareness and elimination to Hepatitis. CanHepC celebrates the progress that has been made in viral hepatitis elimination in Edmonton. In Saskatchewan, Art created by federal inmates across Canada is displayed in awareness of “Finding the Missing Millions: Breaking barriers to diagnosis”. North Bay also called to “Find the Missing Millions” with the unveiling of a new outreach van during a free community BBQ. In Montreal, the Aagahi  Project offers quick and easy testing to the Pakistan community.

Tell us what was happening in your community today!

Welcome New Members

Nikki Thomson and Ann Michele Daniels on Ontario and Suzette Lloyd of British Columbia.

CAHN at INHSU – Montreal

CAHN Nurse Networking Dinner with Dr. Dillon, MD. on September 11, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM in the PALAIS  room at Le Westin Hotel. Click here to register for this dinner. Registration for INHSU is separate.

CAHN Parallel Sessions with International Nurse Speakers on September 13 as part of the INHSU program. Click here to see the program and check back often for updates. Our members have asked for more international nurse speakers. We are listening and hope to see many CAHN members in attendance.

For more details on how CAHN is supporting members to attend this event, including registration subsidy and travel reimbursement, read this special notice.

Accommodation Deadline is August 4th

BC Nurse Leaders – Vancouver

REGISTRATION OPEN! BC Nurse Leaders’ Networking Dinner on October 3, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Fairmount Hotel. Click here to register. Registration for Vancouver’s Liver Forum is separate and will open in August.

CAHN is reimbursing member’s travel up to $500 plus one night shared accommodation, as per the Conference Travel Policy. The Conference Accommodation Rate for this event is $236 plus tax. Watch for our Special Notice with accommodation booking link coming soon.

CAHN members are given priority registration.  On September 16 registration will open to non-member nurses.  Become a CAHN member now for priority registration on this and future events.  

Canadian Liver Meeting Highlights

A partnership event with CAHN, CASL & CanHepC.  CAHN sessions highlighted nursing approaches across Canada to bring patients HCV testing, linkage, and treatment.  And we hope you didn’t miss the lively debate between Ed Tam and David Wong – full of good science, whit, and humour! Click here for highlights and photos!

Recognition & Award Ceremony

At this year’s AGM, we recognized the following three nurses for their incredible work and dedication.

Rising Star

Distinguished Service

Exceptional Contribution to Hepatology Nursing

Welcome New Executive Team

Welcome, Sarah De Coutere, as new Board of Director and Conference Co-Chair. Sarah has 36 years of nursing experience in areas of pediatrics, maternal-child, public health, critical care, Northern Canada Outpost nursing, rural and urban areas, research coordinator in the fields of hepatology (Hepatitis C, hepatocellular carcinoma, kidney and liver transplant), psychiatry and infectious diseases. She now works and resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she cares for a diverse population with various hepatology diseases, including Hepatitis B and C, primary biliary cholangitis, NASH and ASH, decompensated liver disease, end-stage liver disease. She is committed to life-long learning and mentoring and is excited for the opportunity to contribute to our national hepatology community through CAHN.

Welcome, Liz Lee, as new Board of Director. Elizabeth Lee practices as a nurse practitioner in the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.

Previously, she worked for over 10 years in various clinical settings in the community and the University Health Network, spanning the continuum of chronic liver disease from diagnosis to transplantation.

In her current practice as an NP, she has a clinical focus on the management of patients with decompensated liver disease. She was awarded a clinical fellowship in 2017-18 through the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) to further develop her clinical practice in general hepatology. She has a keen interest in clinical education, and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, as well as a Hub Team member for ECHO Ontario Liver, a provincial initiative aimed to support and build capacity within primary care providers to help diagnose, treat and manage patients living with liver diseases. 

Welcome, Jeanette Feizi Farivar, as Standards and Competencies Chair. Jeanette is currently working at GI Research Institute mainly as  HEP C treatment nurse for the last 7 years. She was involved in coordinating clinical trials for HCV therapies and manages patients on hep c treatment.  She has participated in mentoring nurses through preceptorships and industry-sponsored meetings. She is involved in Hep C Elimination Project focusing on immigrant communities and newcomers. 

She previously worked as nephrology nurse at Vancouver General Hospital.

As a  previous Nephrology Nurse, she learned to manage complex patients with chronic illness. Having over 20  years of experience in diverse clinical settings, she considers hepatology nursing to be challenging and yet professionally fulfilling role. 

And, welcome back Donna Zukowski for a second term as CAHN’s President, Lori Lee Walston as Treasurer, Maria Ancheta-Schmit as Secretary and Lesley Gallagher as Education Director.

To see CAHN’s updated organization chart click here.

Other September Events

2019 Jenny Heathcote Hepatology Update will be at the Chelsea Hotel at 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON.  It will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019. Click here to register.

The 13th ILCA Annual Conference will take place in Chicago on 20-22 September 2019. You can find all detailed information about the ILCA 2019 scientific programme, speakers, registration and practical details on https://ilca2019.org/

Member Knowledge Share

Hepatitis C models of care: approaches to elimination – a publication from our very own Mia J Biondi NP-PHC, Ph.D. with Jordan J Feld MD, MPH. A must-read! This article will be added to our Members Knowledge Share section of the CAHN website.

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