NVHR NEWSLETTER - Hepatitis Awareness Month
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National Viral Hepatits Roundtable
Hepatitis Awareness Month is an important time of the year for viral hepatitis education and advocacy, and this year’s second annual Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, offers many opportunities to reach the millions of Americans who do not know they have hepatitis B or C. This special NVHR newsletter spotlights Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day activities that NVHR and some of our members are organizing. If you would like to list your organization’s activity or event on our website, please send details to info@nvhr.org. Please also visit the CDC’s Hepatitis Awareness Month’s website for more information about activities taking place across the country.
 
As always, thank you for all you do each day to fight the viral hepatitis epidemic.
 
Congressional Hepatitis Testing Event
 
On May 23, NVHR and our partners, along with the Congressional Hepatitis Caucus, will host a Viral Hepatitis Testing and Awareness Day at the Capitol in Washington, DC. For more information about this and other hepatitis awareness month events go here for more details.
 
Groups Partner for Testing and Awareness Events in San Francisco, LA, and New York
 
San Francisco Hep B Free and AsianWeek Foundation are working in partnership with CBS HealthWatch, NVHR, and many community based organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City on a Viral Hepatitis testing and awareness campaign.  Hepatitis B and C testing and media events, led by local organizations, will take place in New York on May 14, Los Angeles on May 17, and San Francisco on May 18.  Televised CBS HealthWatch spots about Viral Hepatitis began airing on May 8 and are scheduled to run through National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th.
 
Advocates Push For Hepatitis C Testing in Medicare
 
As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month, NVHR sent a letter signed by more than 110 organizations around the country urging HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to ensure Medicare provides hepatitis C testing in the Welcome to Medicare exam and the annual wellness visit.
 
Berkeley Free Clinic to Provide Hepatitis Testing
 
On Saturday, May 18th, the Berkeley Free Clinic will provide free hepatitis C testing and vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. Visit their website for more information.
 
Chicago Hepatitis Awareness Event
 
There will be an Asian Heritage Month Hepatitis Awareness event at Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, May 17th from noon to 1 pm. Go here for more information.
 
Asian Health Coalition Hepatitis B PSA
 
The Asian Health Coalition has produced a public service announcement highlighting the need for hepatitis B testing and vaccinations in the Asian American community. You can view the PSA here.
 
CalHEP Legislative Briefing
 
On Tuesday, May 14th, the California Hepatitis Alliance is hosting a viral hepatitis legislative briefing at the State Capitol in Sacramento to educate lawmakers about the need for increased leadership and funding for hepatitis B and C services. You can view the agenda for this event here.
 
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