Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) – NYC Committee

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.

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.

The objectives of CHIPO-NYC Liver Health Initiatives 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

Find Testing & Care

See a list of Hepatitis Testing, Vaccination and Treatment sites that provide free and low-cost care for Hep B and C in NYC.

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. To refer, contact: Halimatou Konte, Testing Center Coordinator at halimatouk@africanservices.org 212-222-3882 ext 2118. Monday – Friday (9:00 am – 4:30 pm).

African Services is part of the Check Hep B Patient Navigation program. Learn more about Check Hep B.

Resources

Hep B Foundation Hepatitis Awareness and Education Materials for the African Community

Materials:

  • A presentation for community health workers and physicians on hepatitis B basics, and tips for providing education and dispelling myths when educating
  •  A flipchart for direct community education
  • Fact sheets and resource sheets
  • African immigrant #justB patient storytellers videos

Get Involved Nationally!

Join National Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (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 chari.cohen@hepb.org.

CHIPO – NYC Materials

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