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PHO Rounds: Evidence to Inform Policy Options for the Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus in First Nations Populations in Ontario

  • 27 Apr 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

PHO Rounds: Evidence to Inform Policy Options for the Elimination of Hepatitis C Virus in First Nations Populations in Ontario

Colonization and marginalization have affected the risk for and experience of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection for First Nations people in Canada. In its commitment to the World Health Organization strategy for eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030, Canada has prioritized partnerships with First Nations populations for national and provincial/territorial HCV prevention and treatment strategies. 

In Ontario, there has been limited research describing the impact of HCV on First Nations populations. Health researchers across the province, in partnership with Ontario First Nations HIV/AIDS Education Circle (OFNHAEC), completed a study that looked at data trends from 2006 to 2014 on the testing and diagnosis of HCV among First Nations individuals across Ontario. Following this research, estimations were made for First Nations-specific healthcare costs and resource use associated with HCV infection. 

This session will summarize findings from this study and discuss implications for planning and evaluating effective and culturally-safe approaches to reduce infection and work towards the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis as a major public health threat.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the health and economic impacts of HCV in First Nations populations in Ontario.
  2. Discuss how HCV elimination efforts can be tailored differently to the experience and needs of First Nations individuals in Ontario.
  3. Explain how this evidence supports Canada’s recommendations for what is needed to achieve HCV elimination by 2030.


Presenter(s): Andrew Mendlowitz, Evelynne Hill and Lyndia Jones

Andrew Mendlowitz is a PhD Candidate in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in biology from York University and a Master of Biotechnology degree from the University of Toronto. He is also a Doctoral Trainee Fellow with the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC) and a Research Trainee at the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative.

Evelynne Hill (She/Her) is a Registered Nurse, Mohawk Bear clan of the Six Nations of the Grand River and employed by Six Nations Health Services. Evelynne is the Six Nations Representative on OFNHAEC.

Lyndia Jones is from Shawanaga First Nation is the Health Director with the Independent First Nations of Ontario. Lyndia has been a member with OFNHAEC since 1998.



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or

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