B Free CEED to Hold a Special Event in Support of New CDC Guidelines to Screen All Asian & Pacific Islanders for Hepatitis B

October 02, 2008

An estimated 1.4 million individuals are infected with hepatitis B in the U.S. Approximately 600,000 of these individuals are Asian and Pacific Islanders (API).  In New York City (NYC), home of the second largest API population in the U.S., an estimated 15% of API residents are infected with hepatitis B, compared to less than 1% of the general population. Over one third do not know they are infected.  Untreated hepatitis B can lead to liver cancer and other liver diseases. 1 in 4 APIs who are chronically infected with hepatitis B will die from liver cancer or liver-related illnesses each year. 
Earlier this September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines recommending that all individuals who have migrated from Asian countries be screened for hepatitis B.  
The New York University, B Free National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities (B Free CEED) commends the CDC for recognizing the increased burden of hepatitis B in APIs. On Tuesday, October 14th, B Free CEED will be holding a two-part special event at the NYU Torch Club bringing together experts in the field of hepatitis B prevention, and community and government stakeholders to present and discuss strategies to comprehensively address hepatitis B in NYC’s API community.  
“Learning from SF Hep B Free’s Successes & Challenges.” A lecture presentation by Janet Zola of the San Francisco Department of Health on San Francisco Hep B Free, a citywide campaign to screen, vaccinate and treat all San Francisco API residents for hepatitis B.
“The New CDC Guidelines: Policy Implications for Hepatitis B Disparities.” An interactive policy forum with panelists representing local and national policy, community-based, and health-focused organizations and agencies:
•    Geoff Beckett, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
•    Alan Gerson, NYC Council
•    Jinny Park, Korean Community Services of Metro NY, Inc.
•    Eric Rude, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
•    Janet Zola, San Francisco Department of Health, SF Hep B Free
Please view our invitation to learn more about the event. The NYU Torch Club is located at 18 Waverly Place at the NYU Washington Square Campus. Click here to view a map of the location.

About our Special Guest:
Janet Zola, MPH
Health Promotion Specialist
Co-Director, San Francisco Hep B Free
Communicable Disease Prevention Unit
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Ms. Zola has been doing health promotion work for three decades. Her experience includes 5 years as the Director of SRx; Medication Education for Seniors, 10 years as a Contemporary Sexuality instructor at San Francisco State University; 6 years as the founder and Director of the San Francisco Immunization Coalition; and 15 years improving immunization rates across the life span. For the past 5 years she has led the San Francisco Health Department’s efforts to prevent transmission of hepatitis B in high-risk populations. Currently she serves as the Health Department’s lead for the innovative San Francisco Hep B Free campaign.

If you are interested in attending, please complete and send the registration form by fax (212-263-2133) or email (laureen.hom@nyumc.org) by Friday, October 10.
To learn more about the CDC guidelines, please view our press release.

B Free CEED is 1 of 18 Centers of Excellence in the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEDs) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. B Free CEED is a project of the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at New York University School of Medicine and the following coalition partners: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc, American Cancer Society-Eastern Division, Asian Initiative, NYC Health and Hospital Corporation, and the Asian American Hepatitis B Program/B Free NYC. For more information on the B Free CEED, please visit: http://bfree.med.nyu.edu.