February 2018 Newsletter II - New Two-Dose HBV Vaccine Recommended by ACIP
New Two-Dose HBV Vaccine Recommended by ACIP
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) voted on February 21 to unanimously recommend HEPLISAV-B™ for use among individuals age 18 years and older to prevent hepatitis B infection (HBV). The Hepatitis B Foundation welcomes the use of the new vaccine, which is expected to increase immunization rates for adults in the United States. HEPLISAV-B™ was approved for use by the FDA on July 28, 2017. It is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in more than 25 years, and the only two dose vaccine for the prevention of infection.

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National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Partner Planning Guide 2017-2020
The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy launched their Partner Planning Guide for the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020. Their guide is a strategic planning resource for individuals, groups, and organizations that are conducting strategic programs and providing services to prevent, diagnose, and treat hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV).

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HHS Webinar
Join the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy for part two of their Hidden Causalities Webinars: National Partners' Response to the Opioid Epidemic & Infectious Diseases. Part 2 is focused on the Health Policy Perspectives and will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM . Participating organizations include Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) , National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) , National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) , National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) . More information here.
Partner Highlight: Asian Center Southeast Michigan
Hep B United is happy to welcome a new partner:  Asian Center Southeast Michigan! Asian Center Southeast Michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming social barriers, improving health, and reducing health disparity for Asian Americans in Michigan.
EndHep2030 Position Available
EndHep2030 is seeking a Consultant in Major Fundraising Campaign. Qualified fundraising professionals and consulting firms are invited to apply for a contract to provide consultancy services in a major international fundraising campaign for the elimination of viral hepatitis. The Consultancy contract would manage the Fund for Elimination of Viral Hepatitis.

More information here .
Become a Hep B Advocate!
Join the Hep B United Action Center to get the latest updates and news about hep B policy issues, learn about upcoming advocacy events, and be notified of opportunities to take action and show your support for our  policy initiatives . You will also be provided with information, resources, and tools to help you communicate, educate, and engage your community.
Excuses
Check out the newest Know Hepatitis B campaign PSA! This PSA features people engaging in their everyday activities and making excuses for why they do not need to get tested. However, 1 in 12 Asian Americans have hepatitis B and don't know that they do! If someone is infected and left untreated, hepatitis B can lead to serious liver problems, including liver cancer. You can find this PSA and more at the Know Hepatitis B campaign  website .
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 Center - Southeast Michigan. 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). 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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