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Massachusetts Asians & Pacific Islanders for Health
Mission: MAP for Health is a
Massachusetts, non‐profit, Asian,
South Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community‐based organization that works for fairness, equality and inclusion for
these communities in health care planning, disease prevention, primary care
access, and service delivery. In its 15th year, MAP is focused on two
critical issues: 1) the widespread
epidemic of hepatitis B in the AAPI community and 2) youth development and
safety of AAPI youth, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Year 4 Legacy Pilot Project: The widespread epidemic of hepatitis B in the AAPI community
AAPIs account for half of the estimated 2 million U.S. cases of chronic hepatitis B, and half of the liver cancer‐related deaths. Today, it is estimated that as many as 1 out of 10 AAPIs are chronically infected with hepatitis B. This deadly community health disparity devastates whole families—but through our education and outreach leading to screening, vaccination and treatment—AAPIs need not become infected, go undiagnosed and without treatment or suffer in silence. MAP convenes the New England Asian Health Improvement Coalition (NEAHIC), which works regionally on a systems/policy level to increase API access to prevention, screening and primary care services, to address hepatitis B and other pressing health conditions in the API community. MAP also houses the Hepatitis B Initiative-Boston which mobilizes students to help communities to educate on and prevent hepatitis B and its consequences among at-risk groups, particularly AAPIs.