June 2017 II Newsletter:  Protect Medicaid and the ACA - Prevent Hep B!

T he Senate health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released to the public for the first time last week. Similar to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House last month, the Senate bill proposes many of the same harmful provisions that would create a greater financial burden on our nation’s health care system and for people living with or at risk for hepatitis B.


Although the draft bill just came out, the Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.


Now is the time to call your Senators! Ask them to oppose this bill and any legislation that would increase the number of uninsured Americans, cut Medicaid, eliminate funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, or remove critical protections for people with preexisting conditions such as chronic hepatitis B.


Contact your Senators TODAY! Call1-888-200-5389 and tell your Senators: "I oppose the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and ask that you vote against the bill and protect my care."


Click here for more information

#ShowYourFace on World Hepatitis Day

This year, the theme for WHD 2017 is ELIMINATE HEPATITIS to empower, encourage, and remind everyone that we all have the opportunity to eliminate viral hepatitis together. As a part of the theme, NOhep is starting the #ShowYourFace campaign to connect and empower people to unite in the fight against hepatitis. 

Share your selfie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #ShowYourFace and #NOhep


The #ShowYourFace campaign calls on you and others to post a personalized Polaroid photo with an "I AM" statement. The "I AM" statement is a personal message in the journey to eliminate hepatitis. 

The "I AM" statement should be focused on: 
  • what you are doing to eliminate this deadly killer, e.g., I AM HELPING OTHERS, I AM SPEAKING OUT 
  • what you have done to help meet the 2030 goal, e.g., I AM RESPONSIBLE, I AM CURED
  • encouraging others to take a stand in the fight against hepatitis, e.g. I AM EMPOWERED, I AM MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER


Click here for more information and the #ShowYourFace selfie tool

Webinar: A Real World Look at New Hepatitis Delta Prevalence in the US

Please join us for our upcoming webinar, “A Real World Look at New Hepatitis Delta Prevalence in the US,” at 12:00 PDT/ 3:00 EDT on June 28th, 2017

 

Since the discovery of the hepatitis delta virus (HDV) in 1977, research and testing has advanced slowly, contributing to sparse prevalence data and limited awareness, especially in the U.S. Renewed scientific interest and recent clinical trial research has paved the way for new prevalence studies and a better understanding of the true burden of HDV on hepatitis B patients. Join us as Eduardo Martins, MD, DPhil., provides a closer look at newly released U.S. prevalence data, which reveals rising rates and hotspots of HDV across the United States. The webinar will provide an overview of HDV and explain its growing footprint within the U.S., and discuss the value of HDV testing.

 

Register now – space is limited!

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8309552912756241666

 

If you are a hepatitis B/D patient or provider, and wish to receive more information about clinical trials, please fill out our patient and provider survey.


Mini-Grants 2017 Request for Funding Proposal

The Hepatitis B Foundation is offering mini-grants for one (1) year to Hep B United coalition partners working on hepatitis B education, screening and linkage care activities. Up eight awards will be given with grants between $5,000 to $10,000 each. 


Eligible applicants must be current Hep B United members with the capacity to directly implement the proposal, collect data as required, provide written reports, and manage the funds appropriately.


The deadline for submissions are Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:00pm PST

 

For more information, click here or email Catherine Freeland at catherine.freeland@hepb.org


Partner Highlight

Congratulations to Dr. Binh Tran, the Executive Director of Asian Pacific Health Foundation! She was recently promoted to Voluntary Clinical Professor at UCSC Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences!! She is excited to continue her work with HBU and collaborate with students, Team HBV, and UCSD APAMSA to increase HBV education, screening, vaccination, and linkage to care for San Diego county residents.
International Community Health Services (ICHS) and the Hep B Coalition of Washington State premiered the "BE ABOUT IT" documentary on May 23rd when they celebrated hepatitis B awareness month at their hep B community forum. Their attendees found the documentary informative. 

More pictures are available here.
Father-Daughter Conversation
Father's Day may have passed, but you can still have important conversations with your father. The "Father-Daughter Conversation" PSAs feature a conversation between a daughter and her parents, with the daughter explaining why Asian Americans should be tested for Hepatitis B. Each PSA is featured in EnglishMandarinCantoneseVietnamese, and Korean

For the full infographic, click   here  for more Know Hepatitis B. 
  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). 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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