Jennifer Slepin is a mother, grandmother, artist, adventurer, and hepatitis C activist and educator. She started her nursing career in 1983 as an LPN. Many classes and years later, she graduated in 2005 from the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Outcomes Management.
After being infected with the hepatitis C virus for over 30 years, she was CURED in May of 2016. Compelled to learn who she would be without hepatitis C, she set out on a solo cross-country camping trip in June of 2016, to raise awareness and to learn about how communities are coping with the hepatitis C epidemic.
That 6 month road trip resulted in the formation of HepCarestream aka Hepatitis C Clinical Education Group, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to actively working at a grassroots level in underserved communities to educate primary care providers to treat hepatitis C. This top notch clinical education is provided as part of UCSF's Hepatitis C Project ECHO hub, via technology.
The organization purchased a used Airstream now known as Livvy, the HepCarestream and in January 2018 Jennifer moved in. Over the next 3 years she will take the HepCarestream into 13 rural counties, understanding that culturally sensitive and community specific support toward HCV elimination can really only be cultivated from within a community.
HepCarestream is a nurse run company working to end the hepatitis C epidemic through empathetic advocacy, education, and presence in medically underserved areas.
Our Distinguished Board
Norah Terrault, MD, MPH
Dr. Norah Terrault is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center at the University of California San Francisco.
She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work related to viral hepatitis, especially in the setting of liver transplantation. She has authored more than 275 original articles, reviews and book chapters. She has served as Associate Editor for Hepatology and Deputy Editor for Liver Transplantation in the recent past and is current Associate Editor for Hepatology Communications. She is an investigator on several NIH-funded clinical studies in hepatitis B and NASH and is an investigator on several ongoing clinical trials of therapies for patients with chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C and NASH.
Lisa Catalli, MSN, NP-C
Lisa Catalli earned her Master’s Degree from UCSF Nursing School and was trained as a Registered Nurse and Adult Nurse Practitioner with specializations in HIV and cross-cultural nursing. Over the past 8 years at UCSF, she has been working across the liver disease spectrum with special focus on Hepatitis C, including patients pre- and post-liver transplantation. She is a Faculty Speaker/ Mentor for the UCSF HCV Project ECHO Program and partners with community providers to provide greater access care to patients with HCV and liver disease. She is co-investigator with Dr. Norah Terrault for multiple clinical trials at UCSF and is a member of the American Association of the Study of Liver Diseases.
Carol Brosgart, MD
Carol L. Brosgart, M.D., serves on the Steering Committee of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the Executive Committee of the Forum for Collaborative Research, and the Steering Committee of the HBV Cure Group at the Forum. She served for many years on the Boards of the SF AIDS Foundation and the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. She is active in the public policy arena for AASLD and IDSA/HIVMA. Dr. Brosgart served as Senior Advisor on Science and Policy to the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the CDC and to the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition at the CDC Foundation from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Brosgart has also served as a member on the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco for the past three decades, where she is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Division of Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Brosgart worked for more than 20 years in clinical care, research and teaching at several Bay Area medical centers. She was the founder and Medical Director of the East Bay AIDS Center at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, from 1987 until 1998 and served as the Medical Director of Central Health Center, Oakland, California, of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.
Elizabeth Husserl, MA