Online Program

Oasis: Creating a welcoming community to treat current and former drug users for Hepatitis C

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 2:08 p.m. - 2:14 p.m.

Niema Jordan, MPH Candidate, School of Journalism, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, Oakland, CA
This 26-minute film takes viewers inside O.A.S.I.S. Clinic in Oakland, Calif. The clinic specializes in treating current and former intravenous drug users for Hepatitis C. At O.A.S.I.S. patients are not only treated for this deadly disease, but they also become part of a supportive community. Many patients at the clinic went for Hep C treatment, but have also been able to stop using drugs, find housing, and find jobs. The patients credit their success with being part  of a medical establishment that does not stigmatize them.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss issues facing small clinics. Identify some of the problems that current and active drug users have when dealing with the medical system. Discuss the state of Hepatitis C treatment in the U.S. Identify helpful approaches for treating active drug users.

Keyword(s): Public health or related public policy, Social and behavioral sciences

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a documentary filmmaker and an MPH candidate at UC Berkeley with an emphasis on health and social behavior.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.