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Welcome to Hep B Free: Santa Clara County!

The Hep B Free: Santa Clara County is a countywide campaign to make Santa Clara County the first hepatitis-free county in the nation. The campaign is a grass roots movement made up of a coalition of health care providers, community organizations, elected officials, local government, students, and concerned citizens. The original Hep B Free campaign was launched in San Francisco in 2007 and has now been replicated around the country as a model in hepatitis B prevention.

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MAJOR NEWS FOR HEPATITIS B!

 

We would like to extend a special thanks to Congressman Mike Honda for successfully getting Hepatitis B screening and testing report language in the Veteran’s appropriations bill. This is a major step forward for making the United States of America, hepatitis B free!

 

Hepatitis B virus — The Committee encourages the VA to increase hepatitis B (HBV) testing and work to implement the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) HBV testing recommendations within the VA system. Chronic HBV infection is preventable but not curable; if left untreated, the virus may lead to advanced liver disease, liver cancer, and liver transplants, placing a greater financial burden on our health care system. Preliminary ad-hoc studies of prevalence have shown very high rates of HBV, but more research is necessary, as well as Electronic Medical record prompts for HBV screening. The Committee directs the VA to establish a plan for testing and treating veterans enrolled in the VHA system and considered to be at risk for hepatitis B, including Vietnam-era veterans in the baby boomer birth cohort, as part of the effort to aggressively implement the CDC’s viral hepatitis testing recommendations within the VHA system. Additionally, the VA shall submit a report to the Committee, no later than six months after enactment of this Act, on the prevalence of hepatitis B among veterans and detailing the estimated impact its HBV testing and treatment plan.

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Liver Long and Prosper!

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Hepatitis B Awareness, Rolling Through A Neighborhood Near You!

Look at our amazing bus ads in action! Keep your eyes out for them in San Jose, and encourage your friends to go get tested!

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El Camino Hospital – Chinese Health Initiative Health Fair

Please come join our wonderful community partner, El Camino Hospital’s Chinese Health Initiative at their upcoming health fair!

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Hep B Santa Clara County Launches Hepatitis B Bus Ad Campaign

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Thanks to a grant from the Stanford Cancer Institute, Hep B Free SCC was able to launch the first public awareness campaign in Santa Clara County for hepatitis B. A big thanks to El Camino Hospital’s Chinese Health Initiative and North East Medical Services for their help in making this possible.

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The Board of Supervisors commended Hep B Free Santa Clara County at the Board meeting today for its first large-scale public awareness bus ad campaign to promote screening among the Vietnamese American and Chinese American communities. Hep B Free Santa Clara County, in partnership with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, also launched the Small B Initiative to recruit small businesses throughout the county committed to educating and screening their employees.

One in 10 persons of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry is chronically infected by hepatitis B, with every two out of three persons not knowing that they are infected, and one out of every four is likely to develop liver cancer or liver disease from the infection. Hep B Free Santa Clara County is a countywide campaign to make SCC the first hepatitis-free county in the nation.

We would like to thank Supervisor Yeager for all of his hard work and support for hepatitis B. We would not be where we are today with this effort without your support! Thank you to Supervisor Chavez for your continued interest and support, you have helped us generate some great energy around this issue.

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Hep B Free SCC Holiday Party

Come celebrate the successes of the year with your friendly neighborhood Hep B Free SCC! Find us on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1b7MQ9s!

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San Jose City Councilman Kansen Chu at his 2nd Annual Health Fair, over 600 people strong!

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Thank you for all of the support!

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Senator Jim Beall Supports Hep B Free SCC and the Fight Against Hepatitis B

On Saturday, October 19, 2013 Senator Jim Beall held a free Health Fair and Forum in San Jose and it was co-hosted with Community Health Partnership. The health fair was greatly supported by the community, health organizations and health services. Hep B Free SCC was able to reach out to the community with information about the dangers of hepatitis B and the importance of getting screened and vaccinated. A special thanks to Senator Beall for having Hep B Free SCC and supporting the fight against hepatitis B and a special thanks to Gigante from the San Jose Giants for supporting Hep B Free SCC.

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Free Health Fair and Forum Hosted By Senator Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall invites you to a FREE Health Fair and Forum, co-hosted by Community Health Partnership. There will be free flu shots, blood pressure and glucose screenings and more. Guest Speakers include Medicare expert Connie Corrales, from Sourcewise and Community representatives from Covered California. Hep B Free SCC will also be participating with an information table on how to prevent and or manage hepatitis B. Come out and support a healthier life!!!

Saturday October 19, 2013
From 9 am – 2 pm
At the Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose
 
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Small Businesses take the Lead in Protecting their Employees against Hepatitis B

On Monday, September 30, 2013 a press conference was held at CTT Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA to announce the Small B Initiative (SBI). Hep B Free Santa Clara County and the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University have partnered with CTT, Inc. and other small businesses in Santa Clara County to provide free screenings and education. The purpose of the initiative is to motivate small private companies in Santa Clara County and other at-risk areas to promote employee and community wellness with relation to hepatitis B and liver cancer. Businesses under the initiative will commit to providing employees with (1) free onsite hepatitis B and liver cancer education and (2) free onsite hepatitis B testing. This new and innovative partnership will allow small businesses to be leaders in addressing a significant public health threat, especially to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, in Santa Clara County. CTT, Inc. has taken the lead as the founding member of the SBI, offering services starting in October 2013. WATCH this clip on KTSF news!

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Hep B Free Santa Clara County Partners with Think Tank Learning to Fight Hepatitis B

On Sunday, July 28, 2013, a press conference was held at the Think Tank Learning center in honor of World Hepatitis Day. The press conference, with speakers Assemblyman Rich Gordon, Assemblyman Paul Fong, Palo Alto City Councilman Marc Berman, and former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, garnered coverage from a variety of local sources including The Contra Costa TimesSan Jose Mercury News, and NBC 7. Free screenings followed the press conference.

Please check out the articles to learn more!

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Hepatitis B Newsletter

Hepatitis B Free Santa Clara County, in coordination with the Asian Week Foundation, the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, the Asian Liver Center, and the Santa Clara Department of Public Health, has created the informative newsletter “B Informed, B Educated, and B a Hero: Hep B Free Quarterly.”

Click HERE or on the picture below to take a look.

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Special thanks to Andrea Acre, RN-Assistant Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology for participating in our World Hepatitis Day marketing campaign efforts! We would also like to thank Valley Medical Center (VMC) for giving us the opportunity to work with their Gastroenterology Department to table at the weekly VMC Farmers Market. Together we can make Santa Clara County Hep B Free!

Above: Andrea Arce RN | Asst. Nurse Manager, Gastroenterology

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County Level Hepatitis B Prevention Coordinator Position Passes with Unanimous Support!

Click here to read about it.

Above: Mr. Kolchak with Supervisor Ken Yeager after the meeting.

Above: Mr. Kolchak with Supervisor Ken Yeager after the meeting.

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North East Medical Services Press Conference Held on June 21st, 2013

Click here to read about it.

above: Some attendants at the press conference.

Above: Some attendants at the press conference.

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AACI 5K Fun Run

Hep B Free SCC would like to thank our friends for their participation in Asian American’s for Community Involvements (AACI) 5K Fun Run. We had wonderful representation from State Senator Jerry Hills Office, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, Congressman Mike Honda, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, San Jose Evergreen School Board, and Vision New America.

Above: Some participants at the 5K Fun Run.

Above: Some participants at the 5K Fun Run.

We will be sure to post updates for future activities you can be involved in in the near future. All participants will receive a free Team HBV/Jade Ribbon Campaign t-shirt!

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Thank you for attending Sunnyvale World Multi-Cultural Day on May 19th, 2013! 

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Over 1,000 attended the first annual unprecedented event at the Sunnyvale Community Center presented by Hep B Free SCC in partnership with Silicon Sage Foundation, Gilead, Merck, North East Medical Services (NEMS), and Asian American Women’s Alliance. Community Partners included O’Connor Hospital, Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling, Castillo & Castillo, All Spectrum Insurance Brokers, Asian American Women’s Alliance, IndTV, Ginger Cafe, Sunny Sagarmatha Samaj Society, Olga Show, El Dia TV, A & R Booth Rentals, National Construction Rentals, El Observador, Casa Azteca, Rene-Rose, Tao Tao and Sunnyvale’s very own Mayor Tony Spitaleri, Vice Mayor Jim Griffith, Councilman Jim Davis, Councilwoman Tara Martin-Milius, Commissioner Gustav Larsson, and Commissioner Glenn Hendricks. Aiming to unite for a common cause, the elimination of Hepatitis B within Santa Clara County, together we celebrated the rich diversity and cultural heritages of Santa Clara County! IndTV was present to cover the event and you can check out some of the pictures here!

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Testing and Vaccination!  It’s simple.

We encourage you and your family members to get tested at your own doctor’s office so that your doctor can properly monitor your health.  If you don’t have a doctor, free or low-cost screenings are available to Santa Clara County residents at special screening events and various sites.  Click here for more information!
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Checkout pictures from the Hep B Free: Santa Clara County Kick Off here!



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For more information or questions and comments related to Hep B Free SCC please contact Arcadi Kolchak at arcadi.kolchak@hepbfreescc.org or Braden Hirasawa at braden.hirasawa@gmail.com.

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