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2005 Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Awareness Campaign

A collaboration between the Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation and the Vietnamese Physicians Association of Southern California

Objective: The 2005 Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Awareness Campaign is a comprehensive program designed to raise awareness about the dangers of viral hepatitis and liver cancer in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities, particularly the Vietnamese population.  The three-month campaign contains a series of events targeting health care providers as well as the general public in hopes of bringing viral hepatitis and liver cancer to the forefront of Asian and Pacific Islander's health issues.

 Goals:

1.  Raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers of viral hepatitis and liver cancer in the Vietnamese population, and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate information to the community.

2.  Promote Hepatitis B & C screenings and provide FREE testing for 200 people.

3.  Inform a minimum of 150 healthcare professionals with updated information on screening and treatment of viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

The Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation 2005 Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Awareness Campaign will take place from September to November, 2005 and will include the following major events:

Media Kick Off - Thursday, September 8th, 2005, from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at Nguoi Viet Daily News conference room at 14771 Moran Street, Westminster, CA  92683. This campaign has received wide support from community leaders and various agencies from the previous year. VACF will continue to carry out the outreach efforts to raise awareness on viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

Weekly Media Activities - Each week starting from September 8th through the end of November, 2005, VACF will purchase airtime and conduct a half-hour radio program on Little Saigon Radio AM 1480 to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and liver cancer.  The show will have call-in capabilities to answer questions from the listeners. In addition, VACF will publish one to two articles written by physicians and patients each month in the Vietnamese language newspapers.

Healthcare Provider CME Dinner Seminar - Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - featuring prominent speakers, including Dr. Ke-Qin Hu of UCI Medical Center and Dr. Myron Tong of UCLA Medical Center and Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Liver Center.  More than 150 healthcare professionals  attended this event. 

Community Seminar - Saturday, October 8th, 2005, 1:00 pm to 3:00pm at Nguoi Viet Community Conference Room - This seminar (mostly in Vietnamese) targets patients and community leaders and members.  More than 300 people attended this year's seminar.  The topic of discussion included the prevalence of hepatitis B & C in the Vietnamese community, prevention, screening and treatment options. 

FREE Hepatitis B & C Screenings- October 23, 2005, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital.  About 190 participants were screened for hepatitis B & C at no charge. Testing criteria is based on risks, not income level.

Since Asian Americans, especially Vietnamese who are born outside of the United States, are highly susceptible to viral hepatitis infection, VACF recommends all API to get screened for hepatitis B and C. Those who are hepatitis B negative are urged to get vaccinated, and those who are tested positive are encouraged to seek treatment and/or regular monitoring visits with a physician who is familiar with treating viral hepatitis.

Educational Materials - Printed materials in Vietnamese and English will be widely distributed free of charge, including two thousand copies of the  book entitled, "Song Voi Benh Viem Gan " (Living with Hepatitis).  "Song Voi Benh Viem Gan" is a 250-page book written by Dr. Christopher Bui.

Press Release

"Warning of a Silent Killer": Orange County Register Column on Monday, September 12, 2005

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