Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York
Korean Americans and recent immigrants are at a higher risk of Hepatitis B infection and chronic liver disease compared to the general U.S population. In order to better support those at risk of being diagnosed with Hepatitis B, we provide free screenings, linkage care, and education seminars. As a member of the NYC Hepatitis B Coalition, we have also participated in meetings/conferences, training, and community awareness events. During FY 2014, we provided screenings to more than 450 individuals, coordinated 42 chronic patients who need treatment to partnered community health centers, and vaccinated 40 individuals.
KCS is creating a “One Stop Service Program” that will recruit Asian Americans from Korean restaurants, Taxi companies, the Fresh Produce Association, Korean and Chinese churches, and the seafood retailers’ association to attend community screening events that screen for Hepatitis B and other diseases while also connecting them with the social services that PHRC provides.