Save The Date: 5th Annual Jefferson Liver Disease Symposium!
Join us at the 5th Annual Jefferson Liver Disease Symposium on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 8:00 AM - 2:50 PM! The conference will take place on the Jefferson University Campus in the Bluemle Life Sciences Builiding. The upcoming symposium will feature a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment and management of patients with various liver diseases and will address the concerns of gastrointestinal specialists, primary care physicians, internists, and mid-level practitioners. Educational sessions during the conference will be organized into the following categories: hepatitis disorders, miscellaneous liver disorders, infections in hospitalized cirrhotics, and liver transplant-related topics.

Physicians, physician assistants, and nurses can receive continued medical education (CME) credits for attending. Read more about CME credits here .

Pre-registration ends Thursday, March 28th. No refunds will be granted after Friday, March 15th.
Drexel University Seeks Participants for
Perinatal Hepatitis B Research Study
Drexel University is conducting surveys with women to learn about your ideas on hepatitis B and health. They are asking women to participate in a 45-minute survey about hepatitis B. All participants receive $25 at the end. For more information or to sign up, contact Drexel University at 267-359-6197 or momandbabyhealthstudy@gmail.com .

Eligibility: 
  • A woman that has hepatitis B
  • Found out about your hepatitis B status during pregnancy
  • Gave birth to a child within the past 5 years

Drexel University wants to learn about women’s and children’s health in Philadelphia, especially what they can do to prevent hepatitis B transmission to children and the development of liver disease in women.
CDC Launches New Video Series:  How Vaccines Work
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) recently launched the first video of their newest animated video series for parents,  " How Vaccines Work" .
 
In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule. The first video describes how vaccines fight germs and provide long-lasting protection against 14 serious diseases. Watch “How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?"  here .
 
The CDC will be launching two additional videos in February and March covering topics including: “Vaccines and Your Baby’s Immune System” and “What to Expect When Your Child is Vaccinated.”
Upcoming Event
Hep B United Webinar : February 21st, 2019
Join Hep B United on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST for a webinar on dispelling common myths about hepatitis B! How is hepatitis B spread? If I am infected, can I breastfeed my baby? What is the hepatitis B vaccine schedule? We will tackle some of these questions, myths about hepatitis B transmission, and how to address common misconceptions. Join a conversation with our panelists and share your own questions about hepatitis B transmission and prevention.

Panelists:
  • Maureen Kamischke, Social Media and Outreach Manager, Hepatitis B Foundation
  • Ponni Perumalswami, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Hepatitis Outreach Network, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Amy Shen Tang, MD, Hepatitis B Program Director and Internist, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
During 2018, we are highlighting a unique patient story each month. Our #justB Storytelling Campaign is a national effort to bring individuals affected by hepatitis B to share their stories to shed light on this serious disease, decrease stigma, discrimination, and promote the importance of testing and treatment for hepatitis B. If you want to host a screening of the videos, we can help! It is a great way to spread the word and engage your local communities! Email Catherine.Freeland@hepb.org .
#justB Loving
Heng met Wendy when both were in college and fell in love with her right away. When Wendy told him she has hepatitis B, he got tested and found out he was already protected from the virus. They later married and had children. When Wendy’s mom passed away from liver cancer, Heng and Wendy realized the virus can have serious consequences and began learning about the importance of monitoring and medical care for people living with chronic hepatitis B. Today, Heng continues to love Wendy unconditionally and support her in living a healthy life.
Click here to watch Heng's inspiring story in English.
View other videos and learn more about our campaign at www.hepb.org/justb .
#justB Postcards are Available
#justB postcards are now available! There are postcards for all the storytellers. For a list of all the storytellers and their experiences, please visit this website and you can find them on the left of the website. If you are interested in ordering any postcards, please contact Catherine Freeland at catherine.freeland@hepb.org .
Join the Hep B United Action Center
B ecome 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.
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