C a Difference / Hepatitis C

John Bell HEP C Dr Trooskin

C a Difference is a comprehensive hepatitis C (HCV) testing and linkage-to-care program at Philadelphia FIGHT housed at the John Bell Health Center (JBHC).

Hepatitis C (or HCV) is the most common blood borne viral infection in the US. If left untreated it can lead to serious liver problems such as cirrhosis or cancer. There are as many as 5 million people in the United States living with Hepatitis C and most people who are living with HCV are unaware they are infected with the virus. According to the Philadelphia Department of Public health, an estimated 53,000 people in Philadelphia are living with HCV. Hepatitis C can be cured and the C a Difference program can assist those living with HCV to obtain subspecialty care.

C a Difference provides Hepatitis C education and counseling to providers, patients, and those at risk for HCV infection. Providers and community-based testers are encouraged to screen all eligible patients and clients regularly for both HIV and HCV. Patient navigation and linkage services are provided within the FIGHT healthcare system as well as between FIGHT and other health care entities in our area.

High-quality confidential testing, education, and linkage services are provided in our offices and at various sites throughout the city.

For questions about HCV Counseling and Testing, or to schedule an appointment call 215-344-1690.

Read: The Philadelphia Department of Health is Expanding Hepatitis C Treatment Access for Medicaid Patients [PDF]

Hep C Education with Dr. Stacey Trooskin

Check out the first in a series of Hep C educational videos, featuring our very own Dr. Stacey Trooskin. These videos have been developed in collaboration with Bridge HCV. Bridge HCV seeks to reach people who inject drugs with the goal to eliminate hepatitis C. For more information on Bridge HCV, please click on the links provided below. Please take also take a look at the top of this page to see how Philly FIGHT’s “C a Difference” program is working to identify individuals battling hepatitis C and link them to cure.

BRIDGE Clinical Resource Center: http://bridgehcv.com/

BRIDGE Clinical Resource Center: http://www.exchangecme.com/hcvresources

Program Information

  • Location: 1207 Chestnut St., 3rd floor Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Phone: 215-344-1690

Spotlight On

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD is Director of Adult Medicine at John Bell Health Center and Jonathan Lax Treatment Center of Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. Dr. Gadegbeku is a Family Medicine Physician who specializes in primary care for all ages (from pediatrics to geriatrics)!

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr Cruz with PatientDr. Cruz is a board-certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development, and mentorship.


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