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Chinese American Medical Society Launches Effort to End Hepatitis Band Liver Cancer among Chinese Americans in New York City
April 18, 2012
NEW YORK CITY, NY – April 18, 2012 – The Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) announced today the launch of the CAMS Hep B Free New York Clinician’s Honor Roll to encourage member physicians to implement nationally recommended hepatitis B screening guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“CAMS has been working for the past few years to bring hepatitis B awareness to the Chinese community”, said Dr. Warren W. Chin, Past President of CAMS. CAMS published a Hepatitis B position statement and endorsed a bilingual physician toolkit on hepatitis B for physicians and healthcare professionals serving the Chinese community that was helped produced by Charles B. Wang Community Health .“This, together with our health care partners, is our latest conjoint effort to end Hepatitis B in our community.
The CAMS Hep B Free Clinician's Honor Roll acknowledges primary care clinicians who have signed a pledge to screen patients at risk for chronic hepatitis B infections in accordance with CDC guidelines. The goal is to have 80% of CAMS primary care providers adopt the pledge. The recognition program will be widely publicized among peers, patients, and the general public on a regular basis in the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) Magazine, the Chinese press, and publications from the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. A goal of the CAMS Hep B Free Campaign is to make hepatitis B screening the standard of care for susceptible populations, within the primary care setting.
“For nearly fifty years, CAMS has watched after the health of the Chinese American community,” said Dr. Raymond Yung, CAMS President. “We are proud to now be joining with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the Charles B. Wang Health Community Health Center, the American Cancer Society Eastern Division Asian Initiatives, New York University B Free CEED and Wells Fargo Bank to help end the deadly disease of hepatitis B which is the greatest cause of liver cancer, and the greatest health disparity for our community.”
The program is modeled after the successful Hep B Free Clinician Honor Roll in San Francisco. Partners in the New York City program include the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA), American Cancer Society Eastern Division Asian Initiatives, NYU B Free CEED: National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. It is generously supported by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Dr. George Liu, President of the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) emphasizes the importance of all primary care physicians to adopt the pledge. “The goal is to have 80% of all primary care physicians take the pledge by the end of the year, however all primary care physicians should recognize the importance of taking the pledge. Asian Americans are disproportionately as risk for Hepatitis B. Our physicians need to take a more proactive role in the fight against this disease in our community and encourage others to do the same.”
“The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has also worked with CAMS, CAIPA, New York City Council, and many community doctors and organizations in New York City to provide hepatitis B screening, education, and treatment,” said Dr. Su Wang, Assistant Director of Clinical Affairs. “From 2004-2008, the Health Center launched the Asian American Hepatitis B program which screened more than 9,000 individuals, making it the largest hepatitis B screening program in the United States at that time. About 18% were identified with hepatitis B infections and were provided follow-up care.”
“Hepatitis B is a silent killer,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “It is a disease that disproportionately affects Asian Americans and causes long term health problems and chronic illness. It is important that we raise awareness about Hepatitis B and encourage everyone to get tested. This disease has reached epidemic proportions in the Asian American population. As a community, we need to stand up and fight against this threat to the health and longevity of our population. I want to thank the Chinese American Medical Society for taking this important step in the fight against Hepatitis B. Physicians who promote and offer Hepatitis B testing should be recognized for the service they are doing for our community.”
“At Wells Fargo we are committed to helping our customers and communities succeed financially," said Marc D. Squire, District Manager, Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, "and that means doing what we can to support health and human services initiatives. We are proud to support the Chinese American Medical Society and their member physicians to eliminate one of the deadliest but also most preventable diseases facing Chinese families: hepatitis B infection that leads to liver cancer.”