The Hepatitis B Initiative (HBI) is a non-profit project founded and
organized by a coalition of students from Boston University, Brown University,
Cornell University, Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of
Public Health, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and
Wellesley College to provide free education, screening, and vaccination for
hepatitis B to the Boston community, especially to those who are uninsured and
under the age of 24.
To inspire students into public health and grass roots community advocacy and
bring together institutional partners who might not otherwise coordinate their
To enhance current hepatitis B education efforts by launching a culturally
appropriate mass media and educational outreach campaign geared towards at-risk
groups, particularly Asian Americans.
To provide free hepatitis B screening and vaccination for all those at risk.
To foster mentorships between students, community leaders, faculty, as well
as local and national government leaders.
Note: Co-founder Leslie Hsu is expanding the program to a faith-based
initiative in DC metro area.