Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin – CHIPO
Viral hepatitis is highly endemic in many parts of Africa (defined by the CDC as 8-20%), and prevalence rates among Africans living in the U.S. are similar to rates in Africa. There is a large African-born population living in the United States, specifically in New York City. However, there is a lack of public health awareness about the burden of disease in this population.
The objectives of the NYC African Hepatitis B & C: Liver Health Initiative are:
- To build community and provider partnerships for prevention
- To raise awareness about hepatitis among African-born populations
- To provide screening, immunization, referral services for African immigrants and refugees
- To increase hepatitis B screening and immunization rates for high risk African immigrants
- To identify and reduce cultural and language barriers to immunization, screening, and treatment for liver diseases
Join the national Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO)
CHIPO Bi-Monthly Call. This is an opportunity to speak to leaders in the nation focused on addressing Hep B in the African community. To join, contact Chari Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Testing & Vaccination
African Services Committee offers free Hep B and C tests and Hep B vaccination for those at risk! If positive, patients will be linked to medical care. Monday – Friday.
To refer, contact: Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator at email@example.com 212-222-3882 ext 2118
African Services participated in the Check Hep B Patient Navigation program. Learn more about Check Hep B.