Several states have worked to develop strategic plans to address hepatitis C, or more broadly viral hepatitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted online the strategic plans for California, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon (Multnomah County), Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The strategic planning process typically brings together a variety of stakeholders -- including public health officials, people with hepatitis, doctors, and community groups and leaders -- to review and define the problem of viral hepatitis and identify goals and ways to implement change. Common focuses across plans include improving epidemiology and surveillance, increasing access to hepatitis C testing and hepatitis A/B vaccination, and educating health care professionals, people with hepatitis, and the "general public."
Take a look at some of the plans -- the California [PDF] and Texas [PDF] plans are of particular interest because of both their pioneer status in state planning around hepatitis and their thoroughness and broad participation from community advocates. The Texas plan is part of a broader Texas hepatitis C initiative, including the development in 1998 of a white paper [PDF] that led to the passage of state legislation, all of which grew out of the work of groups such as the Hepatitis C Advocate Network (HepCAN).
Strategic planning processes are on-going in several states, in most cases funded by the CDC in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE; state plans page). Strategic plans are typically organized by the state hepatitis C coordinator, a position funded by the CDC (directory with contact information here; presentations from the 2003 Hepatitis C Coordinators Conference here).
Find out whether your state has a plan -- or is working on developing one. Get involved in the process. But it doesn't stop there -- a lot of states have found that it takes leadership, commitment, and most of all resources and new funding to put a meaningful plan into action.