Volunteers needed at the San Mateo Hep B Free

Asians have a disproportionate burden of liver disease and liver cancer as a result of undetected chronic hepatitis B infection.

Friday, Apr 13, 2012  |  Updated 4:28 PM PDT
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Volunteers needed at the San Mateo Hep B Free

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The overall goal is to provide universal hepatitis B screening and vaccination for Asian, Pacific Islander and other high risk residents of San Mateo County, who bear a disproportionate burden of liver disease and liver cancer as a result of undetected chronic hepatitis B infection.

This campaign is a grass roots movement made up of a coalition of health care providers, community organizations, elected officials, local government, students, and concerned citizens. The original Hep B Free campaign was launched in San Francisco in 2007 and has now been replicated around the country as a model in hepatitis B prevention
 

Get Involved
The primary strategies involve establishing convenient, free or low-cost testing venues; vaccinating susceptible individuals; and following or treating as needed those who are infected. There is a need and an opportunity for countywide collaboration and participation of existing health care institutions!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Volunteer at any Hep B Free event
■Provide feedback from your community about API specific needs
■Distribute Hepatitis B materials to educate people in your community
■Ask your doctor about Hep B
■Encourage your friends and family to get tested
Screening & Vaccination

■Host a one-time screening/vaccination event in conjunction with a special lecture on hepatitis B and liver cancer
■ Host a standing (weekly/monthly) screening and vaccination site attached to the
hospital or community
Public Awareness

■Advertise for your screening/vaccination events using educational facts and figures about hepatitis B in your community
■ Contribute expertise or financial support to a county-wide educational multimedia campaign
■ Host community education events with lectures by prominent physician experts
■Help sponsor (in-kind or financial donations) public awareness events
Physician Education

■ Host continuing medical education events on hepatitis B/liver cancer annually
 

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