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92_SB1837 LRB9212286LBpr 1 AN ACT regarding hepatitis C screening and awareness. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section. 1. This Act may be cited as the Hepatitis C 5 Screening and Awareness Act. 6 Section 5. Definition. As used in this Act: 7 "Department" means the Illinois Department of Public 8 Health. 9 Section 10. Education programs and resource 10 identification. The Department, subject to appropriation, 11 shall: 12 (1) Establish and promote hepatitis C education 13 programs as an integral part of its health promotion and 14 disease prevention efforts in order to raise public 15 awareness, educate consumers, and educate and train 16 health care professionals and human services providers. 17 (2) Identify resources for hepatitis C education, 18 screening, and treatment and coordinate the efforts of 19 existing organizations with new programs and with each 20 other so as to maximize education and access to services. 21 Section 15. Awareness, diagnosis, and treatment 22 strategies. The Department may use the following strategies 23 for raising public awareness of the causes, including 24 personal risk factors, and the nature of hepatitis C, the 25 value of prevention and early detection, and options for 26 diagnosing and treating the disease: 27 (1) An outreach campaign utilizing print, radio, 28 and television public service announcements, 29 advertisements, posters, and other materials. -2- LRB9212286LBpr 1 (2) Community forums. 2 (3) Health information and risk factor assessment 3 at public events. 4 (4) Targeting at-risk populations. 5 (5) Providing reliable information to policy 6 makers. 7 (6) Distributing information through local health 8 agencies, schools, employer wellness programs, 9 physicians, hospitals, health maintenance organizations, 10 prisons, sports leagues, nonprofit organizations, 11 community-based organizations, State fairs, and 12 Department and local public health offices. 13 (7) Identifying and obtaining educational 14 materials, including brochures and videotapes that 15 translate accurately the latest scientific information on 16 hepatitis C in easy-to-understand terms. 17 (8) Building a statewide capacity to provide 18 information and referrals on all aspects of hepatitis C, 19 including but not limited to, educational materials, 20 counseling, and patient support groups. 21 Section 20. Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment, and 22 therapeutic decision-making. The Department shall use the 23 strategies, protocols, and guidelines adopted by the National 24 Institutes of Health on hepatitis C for educating physicians 25 and health professionals and training providers on the most 26 recent scientific and medical information on hepatitis C 27 detection, diagnosis, treatment, and therapeutic 28 decision-making.
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