January 2017 Newsletter II: HHS National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 
HHS National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020
HHS updated its strategies to achieve four major goals between this year and 2020 in the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020. The goals include: 
  1. Prevent new viral hepatitis infections 
  2. Reduce deaths and improve the health of people living with viral hepatitis 
  3. Reduce viral hepatitis health disparities 
  4. Coordinate, monitor, and report on implementation of viral hepatitis activities
Read more  here for more information and to learn about the indicators to track progress.

HHS Blog: Reactivation of Hepatitis B Virus After Treatment with Direct Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C: What You Need to Know
There are a considerable amount of people who are co-infected with the HCV and the HBV viruses. The CDC estimates that 2.7-3.9 million people in the United States are living with hepatitis C and up to 2.2 million people are living with chronic hep B. Hep B reactivation can occur in someone who currently has a HBV infection or who recovered from a previous HBV infection. The FDA also identified hep B reactivation in HBV/HCV co-infected patients. 

Robert Gish, MD, Medical Director, Hepatitis B Foundation and Grace Wang, MD, MPH, Family Physician, International Community Health Services discuss how HBV reactivation can occur alongside direct-acting antiviral agents (DAA) for HCV treatment and the new FDA black box warning for individuals starting DAA treatment for HCV. Both also provide actions steps for patients and providers to help prevent HBV reactivation and the negative health outcomes associated with it. 

Read more  here

#justB Campaign: Kurt and Janet's Story
The Hepatitis B Foundation is proud to officially launch their new storytelling campaign,    which will create a national story bank of real people sharing their stories about hepatitis B to put a human face on this serious disease. The goal is to decrease stigma and discrimination, promote the importance of testing and treatment for hepatitis B and to, ultimately, save lives. A new story will be featured each month throughout 2017. View their first video in the series, " Janet and Kurt's Story and l earn more here  
APHA 2017 Call for Abstracts and Webinar
APHA 2017 will be held on November 4-8 in Atlanta. The theme this year is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health" 

The Call for Abstracts for 2017 APHA Annual Meeting is now open until  February 23, 2017 . For more information, click  here

The Asian and Pacific Islander Public Health Caucus (APIC) will be hosting two abstract development webinars to share insights and tips to prepare a successful and good presentation abstract. 

The webinars will are free and open to both APIC and non-APIC members. The webinars will be held on  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 3:00 EST and
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 3:00 EST

Register  here and for questions, contact APIC at  StudentRep2@apicaucus.org.

CDC Funding Opportunity Announcement: Strengthening Surveillance in High Incidence of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infections
To improve active surveillance of HCV and HBV in statewide jurisdictions experiencing high rates of incident cases of HCV and/or HBV by supporting implementation of testing, treatment, and prevention services and activities based on surveillance data. 

All qualified organization including state, county, and city and/or township governments or their bona fide agents are encouraged to apply. The closing date for applications is 01/31/2017, 11:59 pm U.S. EST.

More information  here

Job Opportunity: Hepatitis Program Coordinator
The African Services Committee is looking for a Viral Hepatitis Testing and Linkage to Care Coordinator ("Hepatitis Program Coordinator") to manage the hepatitis B and C screening and linkage to care program. The program is conducted by African Services Committee (ASC) and the Hepatitis Outreach Network (HONE) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to screen 500 high-risk individuals annually for hepatitis B and C. The Hepatitis Program Coordinator collaborates with the Testing Center Coordinator and the Hepatitis Program Patient Navigator. The duties of the Hepatitis Program Coordinator will including providing direct client services, conducting counseling, hepatitis education, phlebotomy vaccination, follow up and referral.

For more information, click on the link  here

1 in 12 Asian Americans

Did you know that 1 in 12 Asian Americans have Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is common worldwide, especially in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. In the US, Hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). While AAPIs make up less than 5% of the U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with Hepatitis B. 

Do you need a customizable flyer like the one above? Head over to the Know Hepatitis B campaign materials and click on the "Customizable Flyers" link.
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 Initiatives 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). 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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