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March 28, 2017
 
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Hep B United Commends Targets to Eliminate Hepatitis B in U.S. by 2030
 
Doylestown, PA - Hep B United, a national coalition to address and eliminate hepatitis B, today welcomed the report on A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C: Phase Two Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The expert committee concluded that a 50 percent reduction in mortality from chronic hepatitis B, averting over 60,000 deaths, is possible in the United States by 2030. The report also determined that eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B is possible.
 
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). In the U.S., it is estimated that over 2 million Americans are living with chronic HBV infection, only 25 percent are aware of their infection, and less than 10 percent of infected individuals are able to access care and receive treatment. The committee set targets for hepatitis B elimination, reporting that meeting the goals would require diagnosing 90 percent of cases, linking 90 percent of those to care, and treating 80 percent of those cases.
 
"The report confirms significant improvements are needed for prevention and increase in screening and treatment of hepatitis B," said Joan Block RN, BSN, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Hepatitis B Foundation and Co-Chair of Hep B United. "The targets set are bold and require the political will and resources as stated by the committee's first report."
 
"We are pleased to see the committee's recommendations highlighting the essential role of primary care in addressing hepatitis B," said Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director of Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Co-Chair of Hep B United. "Community health centers effectively reach medically underserved communities and provide culturally and linguistically competent models in preventing and treating hepatitis B."
 
The report responds to the World Health Organization's call for countries to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health problem by 2030, and recommends specific actions towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C within five key areas: information, interventions, service delivery, financing and research.
 
Hep B United commends NASEM for a comprehensive call to action and identifying targets to eliminate hepatitis B. The key preventive actions include the need to expand access to adult hepatitis B vaccination as a key prevention measure, federal support for a standard national public health surveillance system, and investment in research for a hepatitis B cure.
 
A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C: Phase Two Report , prepared by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is available online at nationalacademies.org/HepatitisElimination
 
About Hep B United
 
Hep B United is a national coalition that was established by the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations to address the public health challenge of hepatitis B. Hep B United is 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. For more information on Hep B United, please visit http://hepbunited.org . To learn more about the regional partner coalitions, please visit http://hepbunited.org/local-campaigns .
 
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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. Mercy Housing and Human Development. 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). 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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