August 2017 Newsletter: World Hepatitis Day: A Capitol Celebration Recap! 

On July 26th to 28th, Hep B United held our 5th Annual Summit and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, celebrating five years as a national coalition dedicated to reducing the health disparities associated with hepatitis B.  The  summit is the largest convening of hepatitis B community leaders from around the country with over 80 partners representing patient advocates, local and state health agencies, national organizations, community-based hepatitis B coalitions, and federal partners.  Meeting sessions focused on  capacity building strategies and sustaining local hepatitis B coalitions, grant writing, partnering with local and state health agencies, collaborating on data collection, increasing public awareness about hepatitis B through storytelling, and the CDC  Know Hepatitis B   campaign. This year, we also introduced the Hepatitis B Foundation's " #justB: Real People Sharing Their Stories of Hepatitis B " storytelling campaign at a Congressional reception that featured an exhibit of the 18 stories. 

During the Hep B United Advocacy Day, we met with over 35 Congressional representatives to discuss increasing federal resources to address and eliminate hepatitis B. We thank our Congressional champions Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, and Rep. Charlie Dent for their ongoing support and celebrating World Hepatitis Day with us and OLIVER!

You can re-live the memories through our Storify and on our Facebook album

During the summit, Hep B United and our CDC partners presented five community leaders with the 2017 Hep B Champion Awards in recognition of their collaborative and successful initiatives to address hepatitis B in their communities: 

#justB August featured story: Kenson - #justB There for Others

The latest #justB story features Kenson!
Kenson learned he had hepatitis B when he was  living at home in the Marshall Islands, where treatment was unavailable. He and his wife moved to Hawaii to get treatment. After a successful liver transplant, recovery was challenging, but that did not stop Kenson and his wife from educating others about hepatitis B, challenging myths, and promoting testing and care. 

The #justB Storytelling Campaign from the Hepatitis B Foundation highlights the personal stories of people affected by hepatitis B to raise awareness. For more information, please visit the campaign  website

Doctor Knows
Doctor Knows informs us on how Hepatitis B is spread, who should be tested for hep B, and the importance of Hep B testing. The full infographic can be found here. This poster is also available in Traditional ChineseVietnamese, and Korean
  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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