Hepatitis Awareness Month Weekly Message 2

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Dear Colleagues:

During this second week of Hepatitis Awareness Month and on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the release of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan on May 12, 2011, our Federal partners continued to lend support to the public, patient and provider education efforts called for in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan with the release of these new messages and tools:

  • Blog Post – In advance of Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week, Ms. Corinna Dan, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, shared a blog post, “Perinatal Hepatitis B–What Every Mom Should Know,” focused on the Action Plan’s goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B. Earlier blogs by Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and me have been picked up and cross-posted by numerous organizations including the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the White House initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as well as numerous hepatitis organizations.
  • Poster – CDC and Dr. Howard Koh collaborated on a hepatitis B awareness poster for the Asian American community.
  • Online Screening Tool – The CDC’s new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment tool also went live this week. This user-friendly assessment developed by the CDC takes less than 5 minutes to complete and delivers personalized recommendations about viral hepatitis vaccination and testing that the user can print out for discussion with his/her healthcare provider.
  • Know More Hepatitis Tools – CDC also issued several complementary resources under the Know More Hepatitis campaign, including fact sheets and posters, one featuring Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, and a new e-card that can be personalized and sent to friends, family and colleagues to help spread the word about the online Hepatitis Risk Assessment.
  • Twitter – Finally, CDC, Dr. Koh, and AIDS.gov, among others, continue to generate awareness via Twitter. If your agency or office is on Twitter, please consider joining in by re-Tweeting these messages or creating your own using the hashtags #HepAware for Hepatitis Awareness Month and #HTD for Hepatitis Testing Day. Please join @CDChep on Thursday, May 17th at 12:00 PM EST for a live Twitterview with @CDCNPIN and @CDC_DrFenton. Dr. Kevin Fenton, the Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, will be discussing the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day, available resources, and the new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment tool.

Next week is the lead up to the first-ever Hepatitis Testing Day on Saturday, May 19. So, it is the perfect time for an outreach/awareness push by all of the stakeholders – Federal and non-federal –in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. Please consider sharing the messages and tools above with your networks to extend the reach of these messages and equip them with tools to join in these efforts.

Thank you for all of your assistance in ensuring widespread dissemination of these messages and tools.


Ronald O. Valdiserri, MD, MPH
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health