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Inova Joins Church Leaders To Provide Free Health Screenings
May 2, 2003 (no longer available on Inova Web Site)

Asian Americans Are At High Risk for Hepatitis B

Alexandria, VA-Inova Health System is partnering with the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Vienna, to provide free Hepatitis B screenings to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are at a high risk for the disease. Because of the large Asian American and Pacific Islander populations, Virginia and Maryland are among the 12 states with the highest risk of Hepatitis B.

In conjunction with Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian American Heritage Month, a series of events is scheduled in May to increase awareness of the risk of Hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. One in ten Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have chronic Hepatitis B and don't know they are infected. One in four carriers will eventually die of liver disease or liver cancer.

"In my first three years at college, I lost both my 18-year-old brother and mother to liver cancer caused by hepatitis B," says Leslie Hsu , the Maryland/Virginia representative for the National Task Force on Hepatitis B Immunization: Focus on Asians and Pacific Islanders and co-founder of The Hepatitis B Initiative. "We hope to save other families from my tragedy by launching a faith-based hepatitis B initiative in this area."

A simple screening could have prevented these deaths. That's where Inova Health System is stepping in to help.
Inova is providing free Hepatitis B screenings to the Korean Central Presbyterian Church. "Part of our mission at Inova Health System is to provide quality care and to improve the health of the diverse communities that we serve," says Judy Worthington, manger of Inova Health System's Congregational Health Partnership. "Reaching out beyond the hospital walls and heading out into the community is one way we can be sure everyone has access to the best treatment available." GlaxoSmithKline and Merck and Co., Inc. have also agreed to provide free vaccines.

In addition, special events are scheduled throughout the month of May at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church. Guest speakers include Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, and Master Jhoon Rhee, the world renowned martial arts instructor and member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

For more information, see www.hepbinitiative.org/dcmetro.

WHAT: Free Hepatitis B screenings for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

WHEN: May 18, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Korean Central Presbyterian Church
8526 Amanda Place
Vienna, VA

WHO: Rear Admiral, Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, U.S. Deputy Surgeon General and Master Jhoon Rhee, world renowned martial arts instructor and member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

 

 

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