Screening for Hepatitis B – NJ’s Asian American Population
In September 2016, women leaders in hepatitis convened for Women in High Places: Leading the Global Challenge of Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control in New York City. Women in High Places (WIHP) is a network of global women leaders in medicine, academic research, government, industry, and consumer or patient advocacy, with a common interest in special diseases.
As a result of the September meeting, WIHP members from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) in Teaneck, NJ teamed up to publish research on Hepatitis B in New Jersey’s Asian American Population. HNMC screened 11,177 Asian Americans and found a 3.2% prevalence rate of Hepatitis B. The study also uncovered the need to facilitate higher linkage to care for those who test positive.
Publishing this research nationally, as well as internationally, is crucial in reducing the instance of liver-related diseases worldwide.
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