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The History of National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV & Hepatitis Awareness Day 2019
Each year in September, the Hepatitis B Foundation recognizes National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHA). Founded by advocates in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and New York, NAIRHHA Day has been observed annually on September 9th by healthcare professionals, awareness campaigns, and other organizations since 2014. Although not yet nationally recognized, the multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) and the Coalition Against Hepatitis B for People of African Origin (CHIPO) are working to establish NAIRHHA day as its own federally designated awareness day. As explained by Chioma Nnaji, Director at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition’s Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) program, there is a great need to establish NAIRHHA day as its own day. “Several of the current awareness days are inclusive of African immigrant communities, but do not comprehensively address their unique social factors, cultural diversity as well as divergent histories and experiences in the US.” Why NAIRHHA Day? People born outside of the U.S. often face different health challenges than those born in the country and face various barriers to accessing important healthcare services. African immigrants (AI) are disproportionately burdened by HIV and viral hepatitis. Advocates for NAIRHHA Day recognized the need to address these health issues in the community and thought that a combined awareness day would be the most effective way to reach the largest number of people impacted. Hepatitis B presents a significant public health burden for many African countries, and subsequent immigrant populations living in the United States. Although data is limited on hepatitis B infection among African immigrant (AI) and refugee communities in the U.S., studies have shown infection rates are high - between 5 and 18%1,2,3,4,5. One community study in Minnesota even found AIs accounting for 30% of chronic hepatitis B infections 6. AI communities are also known to behttps://www.hepb.org/blog/history-national-african-immigrant-refugee-hiv-hepatitis-awareness-day-2019/
Join us for a Twitter Chat for Liver Cancer Awareness Month!
… cancer? Co-hosts and featured partners of the chat include: Hepatitis B Foundation - @hepbfoundation NASTAD - @NASTAD CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis - @cdchep Prevent Cancer Foundation - @preventcancer Hep B United Philadelphia - @hepbunitedphila Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition - @IAHarmReduction CDCNPIN will be moderating the chat - @cdcnpin Confirmed participants and their handles include: Hep B United – @hepbunited Coalition Against Hepatitis For People of African Origin – @CHIPO_HBV Liver Cancer Connect - @livercancerconn CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control - @CDC_Cancer Hep Free Hawaii - @HepFreeHawaii HBI-DC - @HBIDC HepFreeNYC - @hepfreenyc NAIRHHA Day - @NAIRHHADAY Minnesota Department of Health - @mnhealth Philly Hep C Coalition - @hep_CAP Just getting started with Twitter? Do you wish to join the conversation but you don’t know how? Type #Liverchat in the search box of the Twitter application to follow the chat, and click on "Latest". You can prepare your tweets in response to the topics listed above in advance, or you can also tweet on the fly, re-tweet, or Like a tweet during the chat. The questions are labeled Q1, Q2, etc. so please respond/answer specific question by using A1, A2, etc. in front of your tweets. Remember to include the #Liverchat hashtag, which is not case sensitive, in all of your tweets. If you plan to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to the list of confirmed participants. Let us know if you have any other questions about joining the chat. We’re here to help!http://www.hepb.org/blog/thinkaboutthelink-hepatitis-liver-cancer-join-us-twitter-chat/
National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV & Hepatitis Awareness Day 2018
The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) is joining the Africans for Improved Access (AFIA) program at the Multicultural Aids Coalition (MAC), the Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO), the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), and the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) in continuing the national fight for federal recognition of National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRAHHA). Founded during one of the African National HIV Alliance’s (ANHA) strategic planning summits, NAIRAHHA Day has been observed annually on September 9th by healthcare professionals, awareness campaigns, and other organizations since 2014. This year, NAIRHHA Day commemoration began on September 1st. Quotes collected from #justB storytellers, healthcare providers, and health educators are currently being circulated across social media accounts to start a virtual conversation. The hashtags #StigmaCantWin and #NAIRHHADay2018 are being used to organize the discussion and raise awareness on Twitter. The quotes are centered upon addressing stigma and myths surrounding HIV and hepatitis in African immigrant communities. Some quotes remind viewers that despite how it may feel, many reliable HIV and hepatitis B resources are present around the country. Other quotes - like this one from #justB storyteller Bright - offer words of encouragement and support to those who may feel alone. A comprehensive webinar, titled Stigma Can’t Win: HIV and Hep B Among African Immigrants, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and will complete the commemoration of NAIRHHA Day 2018. You can register for the webinar here. In addition to stigma’s impact on access to care and screening for HIV and hepatitis, viewers will learn about the root causes of these particular stigmas and how prevention-related stigma differs from the stigma of living with a certain disease. These topics are essential to thehttp://www.hepb.org/blog/national-african-immigrant-refugee-hiv-hepatitis-awareness-day-2018/
2017 Commemoration of National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV & Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day
On Wednesday, September 13th, the Multicultural AIDS Coalition - Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) program, Hepatitis B Foundation, and Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO) commemorated NAIRHHA Day by hosting a webinar discussing “Barriers and Strategies to Addressing HIV and Hepatitis B among African Immigrants: A NAIRHHA Day Webinar.” More than 100 people participated in the webinar. The majority represented government agencies and community-based organizations. This year is particularly exciting because lead organizers also submitted a request to HIV.gov (formerly AIDS.gov) to officially recognize NAIRHHA Day on Sept. 9th as a federal HIV awareness day for African immigrants and refugees in the U.S. As discussed during the commemorating webinar, there is growing data related to the disproportionate impact of hepatitis B, as well as HIV on African immigrants in the US. African immigrants are underdiagnosed due to lower screening rates and present at a later stage of the disease compared to the general US population. Stigma is seen as the major barrier. In addition, the lack of knowledge about transmission, disease prognosis and treatment are widespread, reducing the likelihood that individuals will seek out testing and treatment services. NAIRHHA Day was launched in 2014 in an effort to address these issues. It is a joint venture organized by the Multicultural AIDS Coalition - Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) program, Hepatitis B Foundation, and Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO). As explained by Chioma Nnaji, Director at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition – Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) program, “Several of the current awareness days are inclusive of African immigrant communities, but do not comprehensively address their unique social factors, cultural diversity as well as divergent histories and experiences in the US.” In addition to providing an overview on HIV and HBV epidemiologicalhttp://www.hepb.org/blog/2017-commemoration-national-african-immigrant-refugee-hiv-hepatitis-awareness-nairhha-day/
Join a Twitter Chat: National Organizations Share Highlights From Hepatitis Awareness Month and Strategies for Successful Events
… chat include: Hepatitis B Foundation - @HepBFoundation Hep Free NYC - @HepFreeNYC National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) - @NBLCA Hep B United Philadelphia - @HepBunitedPhila Hep Free Hawaii - @HepFreeHawaii Confirmed Participants: Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, D.C. - (HBI-DC) - @HBIDC End Hep C SF - @EndHepCSF Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) - @HepBPolicy @AAPCHOtweets National Association of County and Health Officials (NACCHO) - @NACCHOalerts Hep CAP/Philly Hepatitis - @PhillyHepatitis HOPE Clinic - @AAHC_HOPEClinic National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day - @NAIRHHADay Community Access National Network - @TIICANN HepVu - @HepVu Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) - @ASTHO Project Inform - @ProjectInform Asociación de Pacientes y afectados de Hepatitis (APAHE) - @PHAHEuruguay Asian Health Coalition - @AAPInews Minnesota Department of Health - @MNhealth National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) - @NNAAPC We’d love to add you or your organization to our list of confirmed participants. Email Maureen at email@example.com or direct message @hepbfoundation on Twitter to add your organization, though confirmation is not necessary to participate. Are you just getting started with Twitter and want to know how to join the conversation? Type #HepChat in the search box of the Twitter application and click on the “latest option” to follow the twitter view. You can prepare any questions or tweets you might have for the above topics in advance, or you can also tweet on the fly, re-tweet, or Like a tweet from the chat. The topics are labeled T1, T2, etc. so please respond/answer a specific topic by using A1, A2, etc. in front of your tweets. Remember to include the #HepChat hashtag, which is not case sensitive, in all of your tweets.http://www.hepb.org/blog/join-twitter-chat-national-organizations-share-highlights-hepatitis-awareness-month-strategies-successful-events/