|OCA Promotes Hepatitis B Awareness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 May 2010
Lan Nguyen | Program Associate
202 223 5500 |
D.C. — OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) social justice
organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates, encourages all
community members to get screened, vaccinated and learn more about
hepatitis B today, on World Hepatitis Day. Asian Pacific Americans are
disproportionately affected by hepatitis B, a life-threatening disease
that is often undetected.
one in ten APAs are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and make
up more than half of the 2 million HBV carriers in the United States.
Hepatitis B is the cause of 80 percent of all liver cancers worldwide
and HBV carriers can transmit the virus unknowingly. Due to the high
prevalence of HBV, APAs are 2.4 times more likely to have liver disease
than non-Hispanic Whites and have the highest rate of liver cancer among
all ethnic groups. Yet studies have shown that more than half of APAs
have not been screened or vaccinated for HBV.
calls on community leaders to continue to educate and advocate for the
increase of culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare access.
B has long been a major issue for our community. OCA continues to work
diligently on educating our members and the local APA community about
this disease,” said Ken Lee, OCA National President, "OCA promotes the
visibility and awareness of hepatitis B through health fairs,
discussions, and working in coalition with APA health organizations.”
the HHS Office of Minority Health, the Association of Asian Pacific
Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and national hepatitis advocacy
organizations held a briefing with hepatitis B and C experts and
patients to raise awareness and create action around reducing hepatitis
Members of Congress to co-sponsor the House and Senate resolutions
designating May 19th as World Hepatitis Day and the month of May as
National Hepatitis Awareness Month. Call your Member of Congress’s DC
office by calling (202) 225-3121 and ask to be connected to your
Representative’s or Senator’s office. Once connected, ask to speak to
the heath issue staff person. Whether you speak to this person directly,
leave a message or e-mail, tell them:
name is ____________________ and I'm a constituent of
Representative/Senator____________________. I am calling to urge my
Member of Congress to co-sponsor a Congressional Resolution designating
May 19th as World Hepatitis Day and the month of May as National
Hepatitis Awareness Month.
B and C affect over 5 million Americans and is the leading cause of
liver cancer, one of the most deadly, expensive, and fastest growing
killers of Americans every year, and the leading cause of liver
transplants each year. This Resolution is an important, cost-neutral and
non-controversial step to increase the much-needed awareness of
hepatitis among the American public and our health providers. This is
important to me personally because________."
calling Rep:) H.RES.1302 was introduced with bipartisan support from
Representatives Joseph "Ahn" Cao, Mike Honda, Hank Johnson, Charlie
Dent, and Bill Cassidy.
calling Senator:) The Senate Resolution is going to be introduced by
Senator Diane Feinstein and we need you as a co-sponsor."