2018 Hep B United Summit

On July 24-26, 2018, Hep B United held its 6th Annual Summit and Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. The summit is the largest convening of hepatitis B community leaders from around the country with over 80 partners representing patient advocates, local and state health agencies, national organizations, community-based hepatitis B coalitions, and federal partners. Meeting sessions focused on improving access to hepatitis B treatment, combating hepatitis B-related stigma and discrimination, preventing perinatal transmission, and the CDC Know Hepatitis B campaign. During the Hep B United Advocacy Day, partners met with over 60 Congressional representatives to discuss increasing federal resources to address and eliminate hepatitis B.

Summit Resources




Applying a Health Equity Lens to Eliminating Hepatitis B; Tamara Henry, Ed.D., Teaching Assistant Professor, Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University Milken Institute School fo Public Health
Hep B United Year-in-Review and Developing Our Values Statement; Kate Moraras, MPH, Director, Hep B United/Senior Program Director, Hepatitis B Foundation and Jacqueline Coleman, MEd, MSM, BA, CPC, Facilitator, Vision Que!, LLC.
Know Hepatitis B Campaign and Expansion to African Immigrants; Cynthia Jorgensen, DrPH and Sherry Chen, MPH, Education, Training and Communication Team, CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis; Sierra Pellechio, BS, CHES, Health Outreach Coordinator, Hepatitis B Foundation
Federal-Community Partnership to Eliminate Hepatitis B; Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH, Vice President, Public Health and Programs, Hepatitis B Foundation (Moderator)
Hepatitis B Drug Access: Barriers, Insurance and the Complicated Issue of Access & Affordability; Sierra Pellechio, BS, CHES, Health Outreach Coordinator, Hepatitis B Foundation; and Lauren Su, OCA Program Intern, Hepatitis B Foundation
Adverse Tiering and Prescription Drug Access; Wayne Turner, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Health Education for Liver Providers (H.E.L.P.) Team-Based Training Program Results; Richard Andrews, MD, MPH, and Amy Tang, MD, Co-Chairs, National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

Breakout Session I: Preventing Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission
New Jersey Perinatal Hepatitis B Transmission: Opportunities for Prevention & Increasing Birth Dose Rates; Ruth P. Brogden, MPH, Grants Manager, Center for Asian Health, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
The Hep B Moms Program: A Primary Care Model for Management of Hepatitis B in Pregnancy; Janice Lyu, MS, Senior Hepatitis B Program Associate, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Hep B Moms Project: A postpartum patient navigation program for women living with hepatitis B; Liz Tang, LMSW, New York City Department o fHealth & Mental Hygiene
Breakout Session I: Combating Hepatitis B-Related Stigma and Discrimination
Combat HBV Institutional Discrimination – Speak Up for Those Who Can’t; Nadine Shiroma, Policy Advisor, Hepatitis B Foundation
Hepatitis B: Confronting Stigma and Dismantling Discrimination; Rita Kuwahara, MD, MIH, Hepatitis B Policy Fellow, AAPCHO

Breakout Session II: Expanding Hepatitis B Screening to Other High-Risk Communities
What Makes a Community? Culture and Outreach in Sexual and Gender Minorities; Thaddeus Pham, Hawaii Department of Health/Co-Director, Hep Free Hawaii
Alphabet Study: A B C D; Jack Hildick-Smith, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, Phildelphia Department of Public Health
HBV in Prison & HEP’s Efforts; Arman Altug, MSW, LMT, Hep B Program Manager & Outreach Specialist, Hepatitis Education Project
Breakout Session II: Developing Innovative Practices in Hepatitis B Education and Screening
Hep B United Mini Grants Program Overview, Catherine Freeland, MPH, Hepatitis B Foundation
Asian Services in Action Hep B Mini Grant 2017, Brandi Dobbs, FNP-BC, CHS-CH, Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Live Healthy Hep Free, Karen Jiobu, Asian American Community Services
Asian Pacific Community in Action Hep B Mini-Grant Project, Layal Rabat, MA, Asian Pacific Community in Action
Peer Mentoring Program, Xuan Phan, Mercy Housing and Human Development