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Programs for Asian Pacific Islander Americans

Hepatitis B Prevention Work, Asian Pacific Health Center (San Diego)
Program name: Hepatitis B Prevention Work, Asian Pacific Health Center (San Diego)
Population served: Anyone can receive services, but the focus is on APIs
Eligibility: Anyone can receive services, but the focus is on APIs
Region served: San Diego, CA
Funding: The California Endowment, American Cancer Society, Schering-Plough
Program started: 2003
Number of clients: 2,500 as of September 16, 2007
Contact: Binh N. Tran, Pharm.D.
Executive Director
Asian Pacific Health Center
5871 University Ave, Ste # 334
San Diego, CA 92115
Phone: (619) 582-2360
Fax: (619) 582-2297
Email: btran.aphc@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.aphcenter.org
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The hepatitis B prevention work is a community based program intended to decrease the incidence of hepatitis B virus infection and resultant liver disease among APIs in San Diego, CA. Hepatitis B virus infection poses a serious health threat to API communities, where prevalence rates are four times higher than among any other race or ethnicity. From January 2003 to July 2005, the Hepatitis B Prevention Project funded by the California Endowment was carried out at the Asian Pacific Health Center (APHC), a 501 (C )3 non-profit organization located in the mid-city area of San Diego. Upon completion of the project, the APHC still continues the work toward the following objectives:

  • Increase community awareness of the importance of hepatitis B immunization;
  • Improve the knowledge of health professionals about hepatitis B, especially as related to high-risk populations such as APIs;
  • Provide the vaccine series to those not infected or not naturally immune; and
  • Increase the number of infected persons who receive appropriate treatment and health education.

The Asian Pacific Health Center employs a range of approaches for meeting its objectives. To raise community awareness about hepatitis B, educational presentations are made to API groups at local schools and colleges, community organizations, clubs, and religious centers. Local media, especially radio, Vietnamese television, and community newspapers are used to reach even larger audiences. To educate health care providers about hepatitis B, especially regarding the high-risk status of their API patients, educational seminars are presented, along with in-service training for providers at selected clinics in the target areas. Screening and immunization are available through the Asian Pacific Health Center, participating community clinics, and primary care providers. Those testing positive for chronic hepatitis B are referred for treatment to their primary care providers, to the Asian Pacific Health Center, or to gastroenterologists in San Diego. During September to November 2007, the APHC collaborates with the Herald Cancer Center in San Diego to hold a series of nine Hepatitis B screening workshops at the following times and dates:

1. Saturday, September 15, 2007
From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
At the Taiwanese-American Cultural Center
7170 Convoy Court
San Diego , CA 92111
(858) 560-8884

2. Sunday, September 16, 2007
From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
At the Chinese Bible Church
12335 World Trade Dr #2
San Diego , CA 92128
(858) 675-8777 x 121

3. Sunday, September 23, 2007
From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
At the Enoch Center
4428 Convoy St. #330
San Diego , CA 92111
(858) 505-8128

4. Sunday, September 30, 2007
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
at the Hua Xia School
Miramar College , Room D103
10440 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego , CA 92126
(858) 353-0171

5. Saturday, October 6, 2007
From 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
at the Indochinese Association
4536-4540 University Ave
San Diego , CA 92105
(858) 353-0171

6. Sunday, October 7, 2007
From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
at the Formosa Evangelical Church
838 Academy Dr
Solana Beach , CA 92075
(858) 523-9768

7. Sunday, October 14, 2007
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
at the Bread of Life Church
11860 Carmel Creek Rd
San Diego , CA 92130
(858) 550-0777

8. Sunday, October 21, 2007
From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
At the Chinese Academy
La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 205-7322

9. Sunday, November 4, 2007
From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
At the House of Praise Evangelical Church
511 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
(858) 354-3168

Please help spread the word to the community to ensure success of this campaign for hepatitis B prevention for San Diego and adjoining cities.

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