World Hepatitis Day

July 28, 2016


The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2016 was NOhep

#WorldHepDay, #HepFreeNYC #Nohep

On World Hepatitis Day 2016, hundreds of New Yorkers participated in educational forums, social media campaigns and free hepatitis screenings.

Forums:

Liver Health Forum at Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE) – Speakers from Callen-Lorde, American Liver Foundation, and the NYC Health Department provided information on Hepatitis C and ways to promote liver health.

A Day of Action: Think About the Link. Understanding the Link Between Hep C and Liver Cancer – Speakers from numerous organizations including C.O.P.E, The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc., and Prevent Cancer Foundation, gave presentations on the newest Hep C medications, Hepatitis policy updates, and up-to-date information on hepatitis prevalence in New York City.  The event also included vendors, music, entertainment, giveaways, and free health screenings.

Social Media:

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Instagram Awareness Competition –Charles B. Wang Community Health Center honored World Hepatitis Day with a #NOhepGiveAway.  Participants uploaded a photo giving a “pinky promise” to a friend  promising to love their liver.  Winners of the competition received gift cards and swag bags. To view the photos, search #NOhepGiveAway on Instagram.

#NOhep Thunderclap – For World Hep Day 2016, people in NYC and across the world signed their pledge to support the #NOhep movement and eliminate hepatitis by 2030. The pledge can be signed here.

Screenings:

Free screening events on World Hepatitis Day included:

  • Free Hepatitis C Screenings at the Consulate General of Mexico
  • Free Hepatitis B and C Screenings at Mount Sinai CAM Building
  • Hepatitis Educational Presentation and Free Hep B & C Testing at Visiting Nurse Service of NY Chinatown Community Center
  • Hepatitis Awareness Health Fair at Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases at North Shore University Hospital

World Hepatitis Day 2016 Press Releases:

Hep Free NYC – World Hepatitis Day Press Release
NYC Health Dept – World Hepatitis Day Press Release
Treatment Action Group – World Hepatitis Day Press Release
The AIDS Institute – World Hepatitis Day Press Release 

Want to participate in World Hepatitis 2018? Below are some ideas on how you can participate.

Hold a free hepatitis screening event at your organization.

  • Raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and access to care.
  • If you do not have onsite testing, you can coordinate with a mobile community testing program to provide testing.
  • View a sample flyer for a free hepatitis screening event.
  • View NVHR Testing Day Events and Resources Webpage with information and resources for implementing a hepatitis testing event.

Organize a public event with signs, banners, and other tools to raise awareness about hepatitis.

Distribute hepatitis resources and information throughout your community.

Host a panel discussion or presentation on hepatitis.

  • To connect with professionals who can present or participate in a panel discussion, email Daniel at dcalder@health.nyc.gov

Use social media to raise awareness about hepatitis. 

Get involved in activism by learning about current policy issues.

Showcase your event!

If you are planning a World Hepatitis Day event, let us know! We will share your event on the Hep Free NYC website, Storify  and Twitter.

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