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NYC Hep B Coalition Meeting Highlights
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
At American Cancer Society, 132 West 32nd Steet, Manhattan  

In attendance: See below
Introduction to Dr. James Park, NYU Langone Medical Center - New Chair of the Hep B Coalition!

Vision for the Hep B Coalition and Proposed Goals in 2016
Dr. James Park, NYC Langone Medical Center (
  1. Hold four general meetings
  2. Participate in organization of National Hepatitis Testing Day and World Hepatitis Day commemorations 

    - Lynna Zhong from NYU Langone Medical Center offered to assist in planning World Hepatitis Day
    - If you would like to help plan for these events, email
  3. Support the Check Hep B Patient Navigation Program

    - Inform providers about Check Hep B Sites they can refer their patients to.  For a list of Hep B Sites, click here 
    - Attend health fairs to advertise Check Hep B.
    - Ensure that Check Hep B sites are reaching patients who may be out of reach and less likely to receive care.
    - Provide mentorships for patient navigators.
  4. Support the national Universal Hep B Birth Dose Initiative 
  5. Explore starting a Hep B support group

    - Survey Hep B patients on what they need in a support group.
    - Decide on where these support groups could be held and how to engage patients
    - Possibly put together a package to facilitate support groups, which can be used by many organizations. 
    - Christina Tsai from Brooklyn Chinese Family Medical Center has offered assistance in developing a group.
    - For a list of support groups in New York City, click here 
    The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc. provides assistance in starting hepatitis support groups.
  6. Designate a chair for each committee: If you would like to serve as the chair for a committee, email Daniel at
    1. Team HBV NYC - To be filled 
    2. Patient Navigator Network - Paul Bollter (
    3. LGBTQ Initiative - To be filled
    4. Communications Committee - To be filled
    5. Events Planning Committee - To be filled 
  7. Engage in advocacy: If you would like to provide leadership in Advocacy initiatives, email Daniel at 
    - Designate a volunteer from each organization to help out with Advocacy
    - Send staff members to various advocacy events
    - Participate in Hepatitis on the Hill, March 6 - 8
  8. Engage in State and National Hepatitis Coalitions:

Check Hep B Patient Navigator Resources and Opportunities
Melissa Ip, NYC Health Department (
Nirah Johnson, NYC Health Department (
  • Check Hep B patient navigation resources are intended to support Check Hep B patient navigators in providing Hep B health promotion and preparing their patients for Hep B care and treatment. See  slides about the program from the Hep B United webinar here.
  • Resources include a 1) health promotion guide 2) care plan 3) treatment planning form 4) guide for advocating for patient care funding from City Council.
  • To learn more about the Check Hep B program and these resources, contact Daniel Calder at
  • For a full list of NYC Health Department Hep B and C patient education materials, click here.
  • For the presentation, click here.
NYU Hepatitis B FREE CEED - "Be Certain: Get Tested for Hepatitis B" Campaign
Lynna Zhong, NYU Langone Medical Center (
  • B FREE CEED was funded by CDC from 2007-2012 to serve as a national resource and expert center on the elimination of Hepatitis B health disparities among Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.
  • The goal of the Program was to evaluate and disseminate multi-level, evidence-based social marketing.
  • To view the social marketing materials, click here


Get tested now, a simple blood test is all it takes!

Asians are at high risk for hepatitis B infection. Untreated, hepatitis B may lead to liver cancer or other serious liver damage. Protect yourself and your loved ones

Be certain get tested for hepatitis B!

Project H+EAL: High School Student focused Hep B Education
Paula Wong, Project H+EAL (
  • This will be presented at the next Hep B Coalition meeting on April 27

2016 Hep B Coalition Planning
2016 Schedule
3-5 PM at American Cancer Society
  • February 17
  • April 27
  • July 13
  • October 12
Action Alerts!

Review and comment on CDC Hep B Vaccination Statement! Submit comments to the CDC on their Hepatitis Vaccination Statement. (Deadline 4/8/16)  For more information and to submit a comment, click here 

New! NYC Health Dept Hep B & C Annual Report (2014)

2013 NYC Hepatitis B & C Surveillance Report. NYC Health Dept, February 2015.

EpiQuery: NYC Health Dept online data portal

Data Report | Hepatitis B Birth Dose Coverage by NYC Facility. NYC Health Dept, March 2015.
Updated! Hepatitis B: The Facts is an NYC Health Dept publication that provides information on how Hep B can be contracted; the symptoms, stages, and risks of Hep B; getting tested for Hep B; and how people with Hep B can protect their health.

Currently available online and in Print. in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Korean and Russian. Call 311 to order printed copies in bulk.
Upcoming Events

Meeting | Brooklyn Hep C Task Force. Mar 9 (3 - 5 PM). Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Training | Hep-SBIRT | Alcohol Screening & Counseling for Hepatitis Patients. March 31 (11 AM - 3PM. NYC Health Department, Long Island City.

Training | Motivational Interviewing. Mar 24 (9 AM - 5 PM). NYS AIDS Institute.
In attendance 
  1. Allen  Chiang Community Health Worker American Cancer Society
  2. Amy Woo Therapeutic Specialist  Gilead
  3. Arvind Bhandari Sales Quality Specialty Pharmacy Organization
  4. Asmara Tesfaye Rogoza Viral Hepatitis Coordinator  DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis
  5. Baekbong Kim Asian Community Health Coordinator American Cancer Society
  6. Becky Swenson Advertising Account Manager Area 23
  7. Charles Rabinovich Director of Operations Quality Specialty Pharmacy Organization
  8. Christina  Tsai Site Director  NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers - Brooklyn Chinese Family Health Center
  9. Daniel  Calder Outreach Coordinator DOHMH
  10. Edward Wake Adult Immunization DOHMH-Immunization
  11. Frank Winter External Affairs Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  12. Gina Nguyen Intern​ African Services Committee
  13. Hiroko  Hatanaka Board Member JASSI
  14. James  Park  Transplant Hepatology- NYU Asian Liver Center 
  15. Jamie Love  Chinese American Medical Society
  16. Janice  Lyu Hep B Program Associate Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  17. Jessie  Schwartz Clinical Coordinator DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis
  18. Joanna Li Administrative Assistant  Chinese American Medical Society
  19. Julia Phillips Public Health Educator/CBO Liaison DOHMH STD Control
  20. Julie  Lazaroff Unit Chief DOHMH
  21. Lynna  Zhong Research Data Associate  NYU CSAAH
  22. Kenesha Baldwin Director, Educational Campaigns Prevent Cancer Foundation
  23. Malta  Cirino Recruitment Specialist   Bailey House
  24. Maria  Karlya Communications Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  25. Mary Chiang Hep B Patient Navigator Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  26. Michelle Oberfeld Marketing Manager Nate's Pharmacy
  27. Minji  Kim Patient Navigator Korean Community Services
  28. Nirah Johnson Director of Program Implementation & Capacity Building DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis
  29. QiuQu Zhao Medical Director  NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers - Brooklyn Chinese Family Health Center
  30. So Young Yoon Patient Navigator Korean Community Services
  31. Umaima Khatun MPH Intern DOHMH - Viral Hepatitis
  32. Vivan  Huang Hep B Program Director  Charles B Wang Community Health Center
  33. Yeon Hee Yu Intern​ African Services Committee
  34. Yujing  Dai Hep B Program Assistant Charles B Wang Community Health Center
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