February 2018 Newsletter I - A Research Agenda for Curing Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection
A Research Agenda for Curing Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection
Scientists including those from the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute , including Dr. Timothy Block, published an article in Hepatology on the research agenda for curing chronic hepatitis B virus infection. They discuss possible scientific pathways that could lead to the development of curative therapies for chronic HBV infection and its associated diseases.

Read more here.
Call for Proposals: 2018 NVHR Hepatitis C Project Booster Mini Grants
The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) is offering program booster mini-grants for one year to NVHR member organizations on hepatitis C education, screening and linkage to care activities. They are giving out seven awards worth $10,000 each to non-profit NVHR members . The main purpose of this Request for Proposal is to enhance the capacity of NVHR members to conduct hepatitis C education, testing, and linkage to care in their local communities. The application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018 .

For more information and the application, visit their website here .
2018 Theme for National Minority Health Month Announced
April is National Minority Health Month! The  HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Director Dr. Matthew Lin announced this year's theme for National Minority Health: Partnering for Health Equity. OMH will join organizations, health advocates, and partners to highlight the role of partnerships to improve the health of communities and people across the country. Be sure to support National Minority Health Month in April with #NMHM18.

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Hep B Podcast
In collaboration with Drs. Marty Fried and Shreya Trivedi, Dr. Amy Shen Tang from  Charles B Wang Community Health Center talks about hepatitis B on  CORE IM . CORE IM is a podcast featuring the voices of residents and attending from NYU School of Medicine as a medical education tool for providers and trainees. 

View episode two  here.
Partner Highlight: Dallas Fort-Worth Hep B Free Project
The  Dallas-Fort Worth Hepatitis B Free Project  is an organization run by medical students from UT Southwestern Medical School that provides free Hepatitis B and C screenings to the local community. They will host two point-of-care Hepatitis C screenings at their student-run community clinics throughout February. They will also host a Hepatitis B & C screening in partnership with a local Nigerian church to expand their reach to high risk communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
#justB February Feature: #justB You
Every month this year, we highlight a unique patient story from our #justB campaign. The #justB storytelling campaign is a national effort to bring individuals affected by hepatitis B to share their stories to shed light on this serious disease, decrease stigma, discrimination, and promote the importance of testing and treatment for hepatitis B.

For February, we are sharing Jin's story . When she was very young, Jinqiu’s mother told her she has a germ and that she shouldn’t touch anyone if she was bleeding. Later, Jinqiu disclosed to her entire class that she has hepatitis B. Her mother visited Jinqiu’s school to make sure everyone was aware of what it meant, for a student to live with the virus. Today, Jinqiu feels that it’s her responsibility to disclose to new potential romantic partners that she is hepatitis B positive, and each time she does this, she gains new confidence and strength.
Warning Signs
Did you know that hepatitis B is a "silent infection?" 1 in 12 Asian Americans have hepatitis B and don't know that they do. This animated video shares some facts about hepatitis B and encourages Asian Americans to be tested! You can find this PSA and more at the Know Hepatitis B campaign  website .The PSA is available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and  Korean .
Mission Statement

Hep B United is a national coalition dedicated to reducing the health disparities associated with hepatitis B by increasing awareness, screening, vaccination, and linkage to care for high-risk communities across the United States.

Hep B United was co-founded and is co-chaired by the   Hepatitis B Foundation  and the  Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) . The coalition works to reduce the impact of hepatitis B through prevention and education efforts, addressing perinatal transmission, improving screening and linkage to care, contributing to national surveillance data, and advocating on a national level.
  Hep B United Coalition Partners Across the Country

Hep B United Partners
Community Partners: Asian American Health Coalition (HOPE Clinic). Asian American Health Initiative. Asian Health Coalition. Asian Pacific Health Foundation. Asian Pacific Community in Action. Asian Services in Action Inc. Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS). Charles B Wang Community Health Center. Chinese American Medical Society - Greater Boston Chapter. CCACC Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic. Dallas Fort Worth Hepatitis B Free Project. Hep B Free Las Vegas. Hep B Free Los Angeles. Hep B Project. Hep B United Philadelphia. Hep B United Twin Cities. Hep Free Hawaii. Hepatitis B Coalition of WA. Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC. Hepatitis Education Project. Midwest Asian Health Association. New Jersey Hepatitis B Coalition. North East Medical Services. NYC Hepatitis B Coalition. NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH). Ohio Asian American Health Coalition. Project Prevention. SF Hep B Free. 
National Non-Profit Partners : Hepatitis B Foundation. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART). Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). National Task Force on Hepatitis B. National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Immunization Action Coalition.
Federal Partners: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Viral Hepatitis, HHS. HHS Office of Minority Health. White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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