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Hepatitis Foundation International To Convene National Stakeholders Meeting On
Closing The Gap On Racial & Ethnic
Viral Hepatitis Disparities
September 12-14, 2014
SILVER SPRING, MD, September 11 2014—Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating viral hepatitis globally, today announced that it will convene “Closing the Gap on Racial and Ethnic Viral Hepatitis Disparities,” a national stakeholders consensus meeting, Friday, September 12 to Sunday September 14, 2014 at the Historic Kent Manor on Kent Island, Maryland.
“Emergent increases in the incidence of viral hepatitis combined with significant ongoing adverse health impacts show that the disease remains an urgent public health crisis,” said Karen Wirth, Chair of the HFI Board of Directors. “Viral hepatitis accounts for considerable morbidity and mortality and contributes to devastating financial and emotional costs to individuals, families, and entire communities.”
“Significant disparities exist in the incidence and prevalence of viral hepatitis B and C for different racial/ethnic groups with access to screening, diagnosis, counseling and treatment. Rates across racial and ethnic groups are dismal,” said HFI CEO Ivonne Fuller. “A multi-stakeholder approach is needed to address the scale and scope of viral hepatitis in the United States and to overcome challenges that disproportionately impact these communities. This Stakeholder’s meeting will address policy concerns for patient and health advocacy organizations while addressing the needs and concerns of disproportionate patient populations that are most significantly impacted by hepatitis, specifically viral Hepatitis B and C.”
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System, the difference in the rate of incidence in different ethnic communities is noteworthy:
The Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) is convening the National Stakeholders’ Consensus Meeting to assess unaddressed needs in the fight against viral hepatitis. To join with the HFI in addressing hepatitis disparities, to attend the Stakeholders meeting, or for additional information see, http://www.hepatitisfoundation.org/ABOUT/stakeholders.html.
About The Hepatitis Foundation International
The Hepatitis Foundation International (http://www.HepatitisFoundation.org) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1994 to eradicate chronic hepatitis for 500 million people globally. HFI is dedicated to increasing and promoting health and wellness, as well as, reducing the incidence of preventable liver-related chronic diseases and lifestyles that negatively impact the liver. Some of these diseases include; obesity, diabetes, hepatitis, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and fatty/liver cancer. We implement our mission through our touchstones to educate, prevent, serve, support and reach over 5 million patients, families, community based organization and health care professionals annually through our public and private partnerships.
This program is supported in part by AbbVie.
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