CHIPO Meeting Highlights | 9-22-2017

African Services Committee

September 22, 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
  • Collaborating to raise awareness about Hepatitis in the African community to promote increased vaccination and linkage to care.


Suggestions from participants

  • Raising awareness could happen with outreach in the communities such as hair salons and mosques.
  • Building a coalition for the Africans in the community as well as having hep B rapid testing (not yet approved by FDA) is a future goal.
  • More finding for African services committee to do work and outreach in Staten Island as Staten Island lacks H+H hospitals for low cost of those that are uninsured.
  • Strengthen organization that are serving the African communities.


Upcoming Events

Queens Liver Health Lecture – Coming up soon, for more information, email Farma at

Hep B Coalition Meeting – December 13th (3 -5pm) at American Cancer Society – 132 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Breakfast Briefing To Obtain Funding – organized by Henry Chang, Chair for Hep B Patients For A Cure Committee – will be announced shortly

Next CHIPO NYC Bi-monthly Meeting – December 8th (3 – 5pm) at African Services Committee (429 W. 127th Street)



Deutsche Bank Unity & Opportunity – are offering up to $50,000 in support of vulnerable, low-income immigrants for nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. Applications are due 3 pm E.T. on Friday, October 13. For more information please contact Kim Nichols at

In Attendance

  1. Abou Diakhate, Intern, DOHMH,
  2. Amanda Lugg, Director of Advocacy, ASC,
  3. Christina Boynes, Patient Navigator, Bronx Lebanon Hospital,
  4. Daniel Boneville, Representative, Cedra Specialty Pharmacy,
  5. Daouda Ndiaye, Patient Navigator, ASC,
  6. Diana Diaz Munoz, Program Implementation Coordinator, DOHMH,
  7. Esther Nortey, NP, Health Education On Wheels,
  8. Farma Pene, Health Care Access Specialist, DOHMH,
  9. Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator, ASC,
  10. Henry E. Chang, Chair, Hep B Patients For A Cure Committee; Liver Foundation,
  11. Jessie Schwartz, Clinical Coordinator, DOHMH,
  12. Kim Nichols, Co-Executive Director, ASC,
  13. Nadine Kela-Murphy, Practice Transformation Specialist, DOHMH,
  14. Nirah Johnson, Director of Capacity Building, DOHMH,
  15. Omolola Balogun, Project Associate, Montefiore Medical Center,
  16. Priscilla Agyeman,  Hep C Program Intern, Harlem United,
  17. Stacy Irozuru, Patient Navigator, Harlem United,
  18. Umaima Khatun, Program Coordinator, DOHMH,


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