CHIPO Meeting Highlights | 12-8-2017

African Services Committee

December 8, 2017

CHIPO NYC 2017 Goal

To reinvigorate the Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin work in NYC



  • • Expansion of the Check Hep B Patient Navigation Program in organizations serving the African community, including in Staten Island
    • Seeking funding for Hep B Community Screening and care for the uninsured – funding opportunities are list here: https://hepfree.nyc/funding
    • Collaborate to raise awareness about hepatitis in the African community to promote increased vaccination, testing and linkage to care.


Suggestions from participants

  • Tips for raising awareness and promoting services:
    • Frequent outreach at the same locations to increase engagement in services such as vaccination and testing
    • Involve community or religious leaders in events
    • Collaborate with existing African events or parades for screening
    • Radio announcement and education has been successful
    • Promote liver cancer screening instead of hepatitis B to overcome stigma (possibly)
    • Be aware of immigration concerns
    • Provide a “voucher” for free hepatitis vaccination or testing services
    • Use educational materials such as the Hep B pocket card
      • Hep B Image based pocket card – Available at next meeting (Thank you all for your feedbacks)
  • Support funding for:
    • Check Hep B at CHASI on Staten Island
    • Support funding for Check Hep B and/or C at Bronx Works.
      • Currently offering free testing


Upcoming Events

Breakfast Briefing To Obtain Funding – Please email fpene@health.nyc.gov if you would like to take action and take the lead to plan this event.

Next CHIPO NYC Bi-monthly Meeting – Look out for the next meeting in March at (3 – 5pm) at African Services Committee (429 W. 127th Street)


National CHIPO Calls – Email Chari Cohen at chari.cohen@hepb.org to present during the call.

African Immigrant Advisory Group – Email Chari Cohen at chari.cohen@hepb.org to join.


New 2 Dose Hep B Vaccine!
In November 2017, the FDA approved Dynavax’s new 2 dose Hep B vaccine – HEPSILAV-B – for adults age 18 years and older. Read more here.

Event Caterer

CVS Caremark/Careplus – Many thanks to Jerry, if you have any questions regarding HIV or Hep C medication approval please email him at Gerald.loschiavo@cvshealth.com


In Attendance

  1. Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy, ASC, amandal@africanservices.org
  2. Christina Boynes, Patient Navigator, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Cboynes@bronxleb.org
  3. Diana Diaz Munoz, Program Implementation Coordinator, DOHMH, ddiazmunoz@health.nyc.gov
  4. Farma Pene, Health Care Access Specialist, DOHMH, fpene@health.nyc.gov
  5. Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator, ASC, halimatouk@africanservices.org
  6. Henrich Boahene,  HIV Program Manager, Pride Center of Staten Island, Hboahene@pridecentersi.org
  7. Jerry loschiavo, Representative, CVS Carmeark Careplus, Gerald.loschiavo@cvshealth.com
  8. Juan Diaz, MPH student, DOHMH, jdiaz10@health.nyc.gov
  9. Kemi Bolutayo, Research Project Coordinator, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, kbolutayo@gmail.com
  10. Jessie Schwartz, Clinical Coordinator, DOHMH, jschwartz2@health.nyc.gov
  11. Kim Nichols, Co-Executive Director, ASC, kimn@africanservices.org
  12. Millicent Freeman, Director of Outreach and Training, STD Administration, DOHMH mfreeman@health.nyc.gov
  13. Nadine Kela-Murphy, Practice Transformation Specialist, DOHMH, nkelamurphy@health.nyc.gov
  14. Nirah Johnson, Director of Capacity Building, DOHMH, njohnso2@health.nyc.gov
  15. Talibah Hicks, Program Specialist, BronxWorks, thicks@bronxworks.org
  16. Thierry Amegnona Ekon, HIV Prevention Specialist, DOHMH, aekon@health.nyc.gov
  17. Timeka Toussiant, Program Specialist, BronxWorks, ttoussaint@bronxworks.org
  18. Umaima Khatun, Program Coordinator, DOHMH, ukhatun@health.nyc.gov


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