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Feature: May 2015

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Chronic hepatitis B infection is one of the primary causes of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma especially among immigrants from Asia and Africa. For Hepatitis Awareness Month, EthnoMed is highlighting educational resources on our website and other trusted sites.

EthnoMed Resources:

  • Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya Hepatitis Profiles - brief overview about hepatitis from a cultural perspective; considerations include language equivalence, cultural knowledge and traditional treatments.
  • Hepatitis Patient Education Materials - includes brochures and videos about Hepatitis B in Chinese, Khmer (Cambodian) and Vietnamese languages. Includes links to Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC)'s Hepatitis B fact sheets in Burmese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. 

Other Resources:

  • CDC Know Hepatitis B Campaign is a national communications campaign promoting Hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). This multilingual campaign has materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
  • Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) Part of Hep Free New York City, the CHIPO wesbite has patient education materials about hepatitis B and C and liver cancer in Arabic, French and Swahili.
  • Hep B United is a national coalition to address and eliminate hepatitis B and is an official partner of CDC’s Know Hepatitis B Campaign. Visit Hep B United's site for a wide range of materials to help educate communities about hepatitis B and to increase screening for the disease.
  • HealthReach (formerly RHIN) is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources (including about hepatitis and many other topics in dozens of languages) for those working with or providing care to those with Limited English Proficiency, including refugees and asylees.
  • MedlinePlus Health Information in Multiple Languages provided on the National Library of Medicine consumer health information website. Browse resources in many languages about hepatitis A, B and C. 


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