Hep Awareness Month 2023

Join us for our 11th annual Hep Free NYC Awareness Month!

May 17 @ 2-3 PM – #HepFreeNYC Twitter Chat hosted by @HispanicFederation

May 19 @ 11 AM – 12 PM*  – Awareness & Testing Event Adam Clayton Powell Monument Plaza (located on 125th St)

RSVP for to join Hep Free NYC

Commemorating Hepatitis Awareness Month (May),  National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (May 15), National Hep C/HIV Co-infection Day (May 17), and National Hepatitis Testing Day (May 19)

An opportunity to showcase your work, accomplishments, and amplify what is needed to eliminate Hep B & C in NYC.

Share the Hep Awareness Month Events Graphic and Twitter Chat graphic.

*Organizations providing services or testing at awareness event are welcome to stay until 3pm.

Stand Up! Raise awareness for testing, access and treatment!

Be there! Bring posters and your organization’s banners to show team spirit!

There will be a lot of foot traffic so bring swag/hepatitis educational materials!

Let us know if you’d like to offer testing, email news@hepfree.nyc.

  • Invite your City Council Member! Thank them for funding the “Viral Hepatitis Initiative” that has provided Hep B or C prevention, care and treatment services to over 16,000 NYC residents since 2014!
  • Let us know if you are having a hepatitis community testing or awareness event so we can post on our calendar and include in our media advisory. To share your event, email news@hepfree.nyc.
RSVP Awareness Event - May 19!

Finalize Twitter Chat Questions

Q1: What should New Yorkers know about Hep B or Hep C? What are the risk factors? Why should New Yorkers be concerned?

Q2: What can New Yorkers do to prevent Hep B and Hep C? What can people living with Hep B or C do to protect their health, their community and prevent liver cancer?

Q3: How do you promote Hep B and Hep C education, outreach and testing in NYC especially now? What are your best practices?

Q4: What are the barriers that keep people from getting screened for Hep B and Hep C and how can they be addressed?

Q5: Viral hepatitis is severely underfunded, which in turn minimizes efforts to prevent and treat Hep B and C. How can we ensure that there is funding to end the Hep C and B epidemics?

Q6: Why are some populations more vulnerable to Hep B and/or Hep C, and how do we address the disparities? #HepFreeNYC

Q7: What can we do to increase access to Hep B Treatment for New Yorkers? What can we do to increase access to Hep C Cure for New Yorkers? #HepFreeNYC

Q8: What is needed to eliminate #HepB & #HepC in New York City? What current policy asks and resources do we need to treat every person living with Hep B and cure every person living with Hep C in #NYC? #HepFreeNYC

Q9: Who are your key partners in addressing Hep B & Hep C? Who would you like to engage more in your work? (Tag them here!)

Q10: What is one lesson learned or piece of advice for others who want to expand their work on raising awareness about viral hepatitis?

Confirmed 2023 Twitter Chat Participants: 

Host: Hispanic Federation – @HispanicFed


AcariaHealth Specialty Pharmacy – @TimoSaidWhat
African Services Committee – @AfricanServices
American Liver Foundation – @liverUSA
Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas – @ANPInfo
Bronxcare Health System
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center – @CBWCHC
Council Of Peoples Organization – @copousa
Empire Liver Foundation – @LiverEmpire
Great Lakes Peace Centre – @greatlakespeacecentre
Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group – @hepatitiscmsg
Hepatitis Outreach Network – @Hone29711188
Hep Free Hawaii – @hepfreehawaii
Hep Free NYC – @HepFreeNYC
HCV/DUH Center of Excellence , Clinical Education Initiative – @NYSDOH_CEI
HousingWorks – @HousingWorks
Hunter College, City University of New York – @knowcancernocancer
Korean Community Services – @kcsnewyork
La Casa de Salud
Latino Commission on AIDS – @LatinoCommAIDS, @Latinoaids
Mount Sinai REACH Program – @REACHProgramNYC
Mount Sinai Liver – @MountSinaiLiver
National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day – @nhhad
NYC Health + Hospitals – @NYCHealthSystem
NYU Langone – @nyulagone
Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access –
Orasure – @orasure
START Treatment & Recovery Centers – @START_NYC
The Alliance for Positive Change – @thealliance_nyc

Hep B/C Champions:

St. Louis County DPH – @CoachK2700

Twitter Chat RSVP - Join us on May 17!

Just getting started with Twitter and want to know how to join the conversation?  Type #HepFreeNYC in the search box of the Twitter application and click on the “latest option” to follow the twitter view.

How a Twitter Chat works

The host organization will tweet out predetermined questions labeled Q1, Q2, etc. Please reply/answer a specific topic by using A1, A2, etc. in front of your tweets (eg.A7 … – this would be the beginning of the answer to Q7). After a few minutes, host organization will tweet the next question, and it continues. 

  • Remember to include the #HepFreeNYC hashtag, which is not case sensitive, in all of your tweets –  it’ll help us find your tweets and retweet you throughout the day! 
  • You can prepare any questions or tweets you might have for the above topics in advance, or you can also tweet on the fly, re-tweet, or Like a tweet from the chat.

Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by HepFree NYC

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