Fighting Hepatitis B in the Asian American Community
Co-sponsored by AsianWeek Foundation and Chinese Hospital
One of ten Asian and Pacific Islanders has chronic Hepatitis B infection, which causes almost all liver cancer. With its high proportion of Asians, the Bay Area has the highest rates of liver cancer in the US. Why are Asian-Pacific Islanders more prone to getting it than non-Asians? How can people prevent liver cancer? What are considered best practices for addressing Hep B'locally, nationally, and internationally? How can campaigns like Hep B Free do a better job of uniting research, medical, and activist communities in fighting Hep B? These are a few of the questions to be addressed in this landmark public event.
Dr. Baruch Blumberg won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the Hepatitis B virus and he later developed a diagnostic test and vaccine against it. This year, Dr. Blumberg is the 37th recipient of the Chinese Hospital Medical Staff Award.
Ted Fang is Director of the AsianWeek Foundation and played a major role in planning, launching and directing the landmark San Francisco Hep B Free campaign'the most intensive organizing campaign, and the largest health care campaign for APIs in the US.
Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) is California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore. She authored California Assembly Bill 158 and is honorary chairperson for Hep B Free. She is a leading spokesperson for Hep B advocacy and is seen as the national poster child for Hep B.
Dr. Marion Peters (moderator) is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hepatology Research at UC San Francisco. Her research focuses on Hepatitis B and C. She is active with Hep B Free, helping develop diagnostic protocols and going into the community to do testing.
Dr. Samuel So is the director of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, the first non-profit organization in the US that addresses the high incidence of Hepatitis B and liver cancer in Asians and Asian Americans. ALC is a founding Steering Committee member of SF Hep B Free and an international expert on Hepatitis B.
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