Subject: Hepatitis Awareness Message- Week 1

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Dear Colleagues:

As Hepatitis Awareness Month kicked off this week, a number of messages and tools were released and I wanted to make sure you were aware of them. Please consider sharing these with your network, if you haven’t already done so:

  • A blog post from Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, and me kicking off Hepatitis Awareness Month appeared on the blog, which is administered by OHAIDP. Please feel free to cross-post it to appropriate blogs or add to your news feed or newsletter.
  • CDC’s Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day Partner Resources Page is filled with web buttons and banners that can be placed on your web sites to direct visitors to more information on both observances.
  • CDC’s Hepatitis Testing Day page offers users the opportunity to search for nearby hepatitis testing events being held in May or add such an event that their organization may be organizing.
  • A blog post from Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, spotlighting the dual observances of API Heritage Month and Hepatitis Awareness Month and urging heightened attention to hepatitis B vaccination, testing, and care and treatment in this community. Please feel free to cross-post it to appropriate blogs or add to your news feed or newsletter.
  • A Surgeon General’s Perspectives column from Dr. Regina Benjamin on raising awareness about viral hepatitis in the May/June issue of Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service (copy attached).
  • CDC, Dr. Koh, and, among others, are also generating awareness via Twitter. If you 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.

All of these messages and tools are important parts of our coordinated Federal effort to generate greater awareness about the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis and engage the public and providers in our efforts to address it. Please help us extend the reach of these messages and tools by sharing them with your networks of via listservs, e-newsletters, your website and/or social media channels.

Additional resources are scheduled for release next week, including tools related to the May 19th observance of Hepatitis Testing Day; so we’ll share another update next week featuring those new assets.

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