CHIPO-NYC Meeting Highlights | 12-8-17

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:
  • 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 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 to present during the call.
    African Immigrant Advisory Group – Email Chari Cohen at 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


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CHIPO-NYC is a coalition of organizations and individuals interested in addressing the high rates of hepatitis B and C infections among African communities in the U.S. Our goal is to bring together NYC organizations, services providers and advocates who are dedicated to ending hepatitis B and C in African communities throughout the city.


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