Hep B Free Long Beach/South Bay Kick-Off and Press Conference

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), 100 times more infectious than HIV/AIDS, is the leading cause of liver cancer in asians,

and many are still not aware of their hepatitis B status

Hep B Free Coalitions from Southern California come together to bring Hepatitis B awareness to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

WHAT: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month & Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and May 19 is World Hepatitis Day!  In observance, the Hep B Free Coalitions of Long Beach/South Bay, Los Angeles (LA) and Orange Counties are collaborating on a Southern California-wide “Hep B Free” campaign to increase awareness about chronic (lifelong) hepatitis B, a disease that affects about 10% of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

The Hep B Free campaign seeks to create public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of testing and vaccinating all AAPIs for hepatitis B, to promote routine hepatitis B testing and vaccination within the primary care medical community, and to ensure access to treatment for chronically infected individuals.

SPEAKING: Mimi Chang, NP, Moderator, Co-Chair Hep B Free LA, Asian Pacific Liver Center

Christina Lee, MD, Family Physician, Talbert Medical Group

Helene Calvet, MD, Health Officer, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

Community/Patient Advocates

INVITED: Assemblymember Warren Furutani (55h District), Mayor Bob Foster (City of Long Beach), Mayor Jim Dear (City of Carson)

WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.  (Lunch will be provided)

WHERE: St. Mary Medical Center

Health Enhancement Center, Parr Room, Second Floor

1055 Linden Ave.

Long Beach, CA  90813

RSVP:                    Hep B Free – SoCal

Email:  lachepb@gmail.com or (818)599-9132

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