Become a HONE Volunteer or Delegate

The Hepatitis Outreach Network (HONE) is a prospective, cohort study that offers a number of services to adults residing within diverse and underrepresented communities. Delegates and volunteers are a vital part of our initiative. We have been able to reach numerous communities in need because of the many volunteers who donate their time and efforts to help us.

HONE has great opportunities to for anyone wanting to participate as a delegate or volunteer at our health fairs.

Our HONE team hosts and participates in community health fairs throughout the New York tri-state area, where we offer free testing for Hepatitis B and C. As part of this service, we provide education, test results, follow-up, and linkage to care – also at no cost. To date, HONE has screened over more than 1000 participants.

Our volunteers and delegates are a driving force behind the program. They assist with a variety of tasks including organization, language translation, acquiring consents, data management, and blood drawing, to name a few.

What is the difference between a delegate and a volunteer?

  • A delegate's role involves consenting subjects into the HONE study. Delegates must be certified by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to perform this task.
  • Volunteer duties may include helping with organization, data management, and – if the volunteer is certified – drawing blood.

How do I become a HONE volunteer?

The steps to becoming a volunteer are simple.

Please send your name and phone number in an e-mail to and we will add you to the volunteer list. We will contact you with the next fair date as soon as it becomes available along with additional information on how to be involved.

How do I become a HONE delegate?

To become a delegate, you must be certified through our IRB to consent subjects for the HONE study. Once you receive your certificates, you may use them at any institution.

Step 1. Send an e-mail to to let us of know your interest in becoming delegate.

Step 2. Complete the online Collaborative IRB Training Initiatives (CITI) modules by accessing this link. You must receive a score of 80% to pass and receive your certificate.

Step 2a. How to begin the certification course

  1. Go to
  2. Click on "New Users Register Here."
  3. Under "Select your institution or organization," select "Icahn School of Medicine NYC" in the "Participating Institutions" drop down box.
  4. Create your own username and password and select the Learner group (Researcher).
  5. Make sure to keep a copy of your username and password for your own file.
  6. On the next pages you will be asked for the following:
    a. ROLE: Choose Research Assistant
    b. EMAIL: Use your regular email
    c. DIVISION: Medicine, Liver Diseases
    d. HUMAN SUBJECT RESEARCH: Investigators/Research Staff

    You should complete all modules presented to obtain your certificate.

Step 3. Complete the online HIPPA training by accessing this link.

  1. Register with the site.
  2. Go to Activities and Tests tab and view the full presentation for both “Data Security in Human Subject Research” and “HIPPA and Research."
  3. Take all the tests associated with the videos.

At the end of the process, you will have received four certificates. Please save the certificates as PDFs and send them with your name and phone number in an e-mail to We will notify you of your addition to the list of delegates and inform you about the next fair date.

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome your participation as a member of the HONE Team.

Contact Us

Aaron Vanderhoff
Project Coordinator
Tel: 212-241-7270
Fax: 646-537-8514

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