City and community leaders will help celebrate the grand opening of free public Hepatitis B screenings at North East Medical Services (NEMS) San Bruno Clinic every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14 at noon. Light food and drinks will be provided.
On April 8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its National HHS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities. Eliminating Hep B infection for Asians was listed as a top priority. Hep B causes most liver cancer and infects up to 1 out of 10 Asians. http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=3&lvlid=574
“The Portola neighborhood is home to many immigrants from Asia and Africa who may not know nor have ever been tested for hepatitis B,” said Dr. Kenneth Tai, Medical Director at NEMS. “As many as 2 out of 3 people don’t even realize they are affected and with the opening of our new Hep B screening site, our goal is to help provide awareness to this community.”
AsianWeek Foundation is the lead organizer for the launch event and community partners include APA Family Support Services, Bethel Grace Lutheran Ministries, California Pacific Medical Center, Chinese Hospital, North East Medical Services, SF Chinese Club, SF Public Library, SF Samoa, and Sterling Bank and Trust.
Thursday, April 14
12 noon press conference and community kickoff
1-4 p.m. Free Hep B Screening
North East Medical Services San Bruno Clinic
2574 San Bruno Ave.
San Francisco, CA