WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 2018) – Hep B United, a national coalition established by the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) to address the silent epidemic of hepatitis B, will host its sixth annual summit in Washington, D.C., July 24 to 26. The summit brings together community leaders, advocates and people with hepatitis B to promote screening and prevention strategies and advocate for equitable access to health care to further its mission to eliminate hepatitis B in the United States.
Hepatitis B is caused by a virus and is the world’s most common, serious liver infection. It is also the deadliest vaccine-preventable disease, with nearly 1 million people dying each year from hepatitis B-related disease worldwide. In the United States, up to 2.2 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B, yet most do not know it. Without early diagnosis and intervention, one in four people living with hepatitis B will die prematurely from liver failure or liver cancer.
“The annual Hep B United Summit is an important way for us to share strategies and resources as we work towards eliminating hepatitis B-related health disparities among highly impacted communities in the U.S.”, said Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH, vice president for public health and programs of the Hepatitis B Foundation and co-chair of Hep B United.
The Hep B United summit is the largest convening of hepatitis B leaders from community coalitions, national nonprofit organizations, individuals and family members affected by hepatitis B, and public health agencies in the United States. The summit is part of global events to mark World Hepatitis Day, observed each year on July 28. Meeting sessions will focus on improving access to hepatitis B treatment, preventing perinatal transmission, combating hepatitis B-related stigma and discrimination, and discussing the “Know Hepatitis B” campaign, which was developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and co-branded with Hep B United.
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