For clients, family members and the public, current hepatitis C information is vital. Derek Sisting, SLO Hep C Project's Health Counselor, provides current treatment information, is a link to the medical community for the agency and, for clients, and is able to give referrals to physicians, discuss drug side effects and disease progression. Counseling available in both English and Spanish.
Insurance and benefit programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance programs can be confusing and daunting to those trying to utilize them. SLO Hep C Project's Benefits Counselor, Cathy Lewis, helps our clients access the benefits that they are entitled to. Cathy can also help with access to programs for housing assistance.
Assistance is available to SLO Hep C Project's clients from access:
- Nutritional Counseling
- Medical Exams
- Lab tests (including liver biopsy)
- Food Pantry
SLO Hep C Project provides practical assistance for clients, such as transportation to appointments, housekeeping, meal preparation or food delivery and companionship, SLO Hep C Project's Volunteer Coordinator, Karla Quiroga, matches client needs and volunteer availability.
Several times a year, SLO Hep C Project provides informational forums for clients and interested community members. Topics include treatment issues, nutrition, psycho-social issues, benefits information, personal budgeting, etc.