CHIPO, meaning “gift” in the Shona language, seeks to promote hepatitis B education and prevention among African immigrants, healthcare providers and organizations serving African immigrants through raising awareness, developing local and national partnerships, and advocating for increased screening and improved linkage to care services. We currently have over 35 coalition partners around the U.S., dedicated to addressing viral hepatitis in African communities.
The primary goals of CHIPO are to:
- Discuss issues around the diagnosis and treatment of HBV among African immigrants.
- Engage and further educate healthcare, service, and other providers about the importance of hepatitis B testing, prevention, and timely treatment.
- Ensure that African immigrant communities are represented in HBV discussions and programs regionally and nationally.
- Create and support infrastructure of a “Hepatitis B Among African Immigrants” workgroup.
CHIPO strategies and activities include:
- Assessing current barriers to hepatitis B screening among African immigrants and developing strategies to reduce those barriers for the future.
- Coordinating and conducting awareness and educational presentations and events with and for the community.
- Sharing relevant topics, research and interventions via presentations, conference calls and webinars.
- Promoting the coalition and the work of coalition members, locally and nationwide.
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