Our work promotes understanding of this preventable liver disease, including screening and testing, immunizations, and treatment for hepatitis B. We strive to work in a culturally competent manner and in active collaboration with those from priority communities, health care, pharmaceutical, academia, and social service fields – all at the local, state, and national levels. The success of our work is attributed to our many partnerships, leading the Washington State Public Health Association to award HBCW the 2012 Health Champions for State Level Impact Award.
We are led by an Advisory Committee. Current members are International Community Health Services,Hepatitis Education Project, Virginia Mason Medical Center, University of Washington, Public Health Seattle King County, and Washington State Department of Health Office of Immunization and Child Profile.
We raise hepatitis B awareness by mobilizing and activating the community; recognizing and engaging with respected leaders; seeking and utilizing culturally appropriate outreach strategies; conducting audience-based trainings, workshops, and presentations; and offering free community based screenings to communities at high risk for hepatitis B. From involving young adults to training staff from community based organizations, from supporting local clinics to leading national initiatives, HBCW works at all levels to create healthier communities.
While our work is statewide, we are active partners on the national front as well. We are members of Hep B United, and serve on the Boards of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asians and Pacific Islanders and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, Health & Human Services (HHS) has also released the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, which serves as the framework for the elimination of hepatitis.
Recent projects include:
- A comprehensive Community Engagement Project with International Community Health Services.
- Outreach to the East African community and to the providers at Valley Family Medical Clinic.
- Innovative nail salon outreach project to the Vietnamese community in Tacoma-Pierce County.
- Demonstration project with CDC.
- Every May in recognition of Hepatitis Awareness month, we host the Hepatitis B Forum, where partners and volunteers gather to network and receive updates about new research and projects.
Contact HBCW Program Manager, Kim Nguyen, (206) 830-5156, for more information.