Archive for July, 2013

July 4, 2013

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

by santaclaracountyhepbfree

On Friday June 21st, 2013, Hep B Free SCC in partnership with Hep B Free SF, The Asian Week Foundation, and North East Medical Services (NEMS) put together a press conference at THE NEMS Lundy Avenue location in San Jose to officially announce they will be providing free hepatitis B screening and testing services every Friday from 10am-12pm. There were over fifty people in attendance and representation from the Board of Supervisors, various elected officials from the State Assembly and Congress including Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, Assemblyman Paul Fong, Congressman Mike Honda, AND THE CITY OF SAN JOSE.

We would especially like to thank former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and San Jose City Councilmen Kansen Chu for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to the press conference to speak about the necessity of what NEMS is offering to the community. We hope other clinics throughout San Jose and Santa Clara County will follow in the footsteps of what NEMS has offered to the community and provide free testing and screening services. We would also like to thank KCBS News for interviewing Hep B Free SCC and airing us on the radio soon after. We would also like to thank Ding Ding TV for coming out and interviewing Hep B Free SCC as well as the piece on their show. In addition, we would also like to thank World Journal AND CHINA PRESS FOR THE ARTICLES ON US.

above: Some attendants at the press conference.

 

July 1, 2013

County Level Hepatitis B Prevention Coordinator Position Passes with Unanimous Support

by santaclaracountyhepbfree

Through our efforts over THE last four and a half months, Hep B Free SCC was able to SUCCESSFULLY create a position at the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health specifically for hepatitis B prevention. Hep B Free SCC was able to get unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors during the Health and Hospital Committee budget hearing on June 17th, 2013 which passed officially AT the budget hearing on June 21st, 2013.

We would like to thank SANTA CLARA COUNTY Supervisor KEN Yeager from District 4 for being a champion for the issue and cause by adopting this as one of his inventory items for Fiscal Year 14. Without his initial support, this would not be possible. We would also like to thank the rest of the Board of Supervisors: Supervisor Cortese; Supervisor Wasserman; and Supervisor Simitian, for taking the time to meet with us and listen to our community’s needs.

Image

above: Mr. Kolchak and Supervisor Yeager after the board meeting