The mission of Liver Health Connection is to promote liver health, provide education, and to support and advocate on behalf of those affected by liver diseases.
Hep C Connection, d.b.a. Liver Health Connection, was founded in 1995, as a “patients helping patients” support and awareness community resource by Ann Jesse and a dedicated group of community activists. Alarmed by the increasing incidence of hepatitis C and the lack of information or resources available to those impacted by the disease, they initially focused on (1) the development and implementation of a support group model and (2) the development of a telephone information and referral service. Today, Hep C Connection has grown into a unique and comprehensive model of public awareness and prevention strategies, educational programs, and support services.
From the outset, the Hep C Connection worked closely with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver Health and Hospitals, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to establish its credibility in the health care community. The agency continues to collaborate with a number of agencies in its efforts to provide education and support around hepatitis C and co-infection (HCV/ HIV) and to promote awareness and prevention of hepatitis C. In 2016, following a strategic planning process, Hep C Connection began doing business as Liver Health Connection and added other liver diseases to its programming.
Ann stepped down as executive director in 2005. She is still connected with the agency as an Honorary Board Member; a special fund has been established in her name to recognize and honor her for founding and growing the organization.
As of January 1, 2016, Hep C Connection began doing business as Liver Health Connection and adding other diseases of the liver to its programming. These changes came about through a strategic planning process that identified opportunities for growth and change. While hepatitis C remains a focus of Liver Health Connection, there are many other liver diseases which are no less significant but are getting scant attention. Liver Health Connection has taken the name change as an opportunity to address diverse and interconnected health needs of people impacted by viral hepatitis and liver disease.