The San Mateo Hep B Free Campaign hosted its First Annual Spring Gala to support its continuing work to eradicate hepatitis B in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) population in San Mateo County.
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Speaker pro Tempore, honored the Campaign with a Certificate of Recognition for its “exemplary leadership and outstanding commitment to the awareness of the importance of testing and vaccination of Hepatitis B while providing a voice for at-risk patient populations, thereby benefiting all the people of the San Mateo County and the State of California.”
The San Mateo Hep B Free Campaign recognized Assemblywoman Fiona Ma as its 2011-12 Honorary Champion of the Year Award for her work as the California Legislature’s leading advocate to prevent and treat Hepatitis B.
Upon accepting her award, Assemblywoman Ma stated, “thanks to the combined efforts of all the Hep B Free collaborations and community activists from coast to coast, Hep B disease is now on the priority lists of elected officials, public health officials and health care professional across the country.”
Janet Zola, MPH, was also honored with the 2011-12 “Be A Hero” Leadership Award for her efforts during her time at the San Francisco Public Health Department with fundraising and implementing special projects directed at vaccine-preventable diseases, developing public and private partnerships and managing collaborations within the Health Department for immunization initiatives.
The physician Chair of the San Mateo Hep B Free Campaign, Dirk Baumann, MD, added his thanks to both Assemblywomen Ma and Zola stating, “It has been such a great experience working with both of them in the Campaign and I can’t thank them enough for their contributions and tireless efforts in making Hep B Free a success.”
The San Mateo Hep B Free First Annual Gala garnered support from local officials in San Mateo County that included California State Assemblymember Jerry Hill, Council members Wayne Lee and David Lim, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 1, California State Assemblymember Rich Gordon and San Francisco Assessor Recorder Phil Ting.
The Campaign’s Steering Committee includes the San Mateo County Medical Association , San Mateo County Health System, Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, AsianWeek Foundation, Self-Help for the Elderly, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Hospital Consortium of San Mateo, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, San Mateo Medical Center, Sequoia Hospital, Seton Medical Center and Gilead.
All of the money raised at this Gala will go directly toward ending hepatitis B, preventing liver cancer, and improving the health and lives of the Asian and Pacific Islander community and all at-risk populations in San Mateo County.
The San Mateo Hep B Free campaign promotes educational outreach and advocacy efforts for hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention/treatment in the Asian and Pacific Islander population through screening events and physician educational efforts. Visit www.smhepbfree.org.