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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Watch a Music Video and Raise Money for Hep B!

-Money will be donated to ending Hepatitis B and liver cancer-

SAN FRANCISCO, AsianWeek, April 6, 2011 - In a new collaboration bringing together art, technology and community, San Francisco Hep B Free is partnering with The Jubilee Project to end hepatitis B disease and liver cancer by encouraging the public to simply view a music video.

For every view that the indie rock band Rooftop Pursuit receives for their latest single" Why I Sing" in the month of April, sponsors will each donate a penny. With two sponsors for example, each view will guarantee a donation of 2 cents towards Hep B awareness.

The Jubilee Project produced the video and conceptualized the campaign. "Why I Sing" follows the story of a girl with Hepatitis B, and can be viewed here:

Why I Sing (Official Music Video and Fundraiser for Hep B Free)

100% of the funds raised will be donated directly to Hep B Free America.

"We wanted to be involved in raising awareness for hepatitis B because of the prominence of the disease in the API community and among our own friends and families," said Eddie Lee, co-founder of The Jubilee Project. "We have to end hepatitis B transmission today, and the first step is awareness."

Also known as the "Silent Killer," Hep B currently affects 1 in 10 Asian Pacific Islanders, compared to 1 in 1,000 of the general public, and is the primary cause of liver cancer. Despite this, Hep B can be prevented with by vaccine, and treatments prevent liver cancer.

The Jubilee Project is also seeking sponsors to support this effort. Sponsors offer one penny per view, but can cap how much they ultimately choose to donate, as low as $50. Find out how you can become a sponsor: project.jubilee@gmail.com.

Funds will be used for national Hep B Free efforts to end Hep B and liver cancer including public awareness, clinician education, screening, vaccination and linkage to care.

"Hep B Free has a multi platform approach to outreach," says Hep B Free co-founder Ted Fang, director of the AsianWeek Foundation. "Not only are we on the ground with person to person connections, but we are also spreading the word and raising money using social media, events, partnerships, foundations and business partners."

For more information about the collaboration, or to pledge as a sponsor, contact Eric Lu at (469) 688-0988 or Eric_Lu@hms.harvard.edu

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Portola district offers free Hepatitis B screening service

KTSF--Portola district offers free Hepatitis B screening service

Thursday, April 14, 2011

(KTSF by Pei Liao)

Free Hepatitis B screening service is being offered in the Portola district of San Francisco. Starting today (April, 14th), residents of San Francisco can walk in to North East Medical Services(NEMS) San Bruno Clinic every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm, and get tested for free. Patients will be notified of their results through mail. Those who test negative can receive 3 Hep B vaccinations for free. Treatments are recommended for those that test positive. Free treatments are also available for low - income individuals who qualify . SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting, along with Supervisor Malia Cohen of district 10 were all invited to today's grand opening.

For link to full KTSF article, click here

KTSF Channel 26 Video Coverage:

For direct link to video, click here

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

City Leaders Welcome New Hep B Free Screenings at San Bruno Ave NEMS

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2011 -

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. 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. "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 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.

David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors
Phil Ting, Assessor-Recorder
Malia Cohen, District 10 Supervisor
Jose Cisneros, Treasurer
Chris Jackson, Vice President, Community College Board of Trustees,
Kim-Shree Maufas, Board of Education
Eddie Chan, North East Medical Services CEO
Ted Fang, AsianWeek Foundation and San Francisco Hep B Free
Judy Li, Vice President, California Pacific Medical Center

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

(415) 373-0895

For more information, and to RSVP online today:


About Hepatitis B:
Chronic Hep B infection is the greatest cause of liver cancer in the world, and the greatest health disparity between Asians and non-Asians. One in 10 Asians are chronically infected with Hep B and are 4 times more likely to die from liver cancer compared with the general population. 80% of liver cancer worldwide is caused by chronic HBV infection. Early detection of HBV will benefit the carrier as well as prevent the infection from spreading. Hepatitis B is not only vaccine preventable, but it also has effective treatments that prevent liver cancer.

About Hep B Free:
Hep B Free is a multi-faceted and comprehensive campaign to make America free of hepatitis B disease and liver cancer through a nationwide collaboration, and network of localized efforts. The model was begun in San Francisco and is being replicated in Las Vegas, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Mateo County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Hawaii and other municipalities. AsianWeek Foundation is a co-founder of Hep B Free with Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and San Francisco Department of Public Health. sfhepbfree.org

About North East Medical Services:
North East Medical Services (NEMS) is one of the largest community health centers in the United States targeting the medically underserved Asian population. With over 40 yeras of experience, the non-profit community health center offers comprehensive health care services to a variety of patients, a majority of whom are uninsured or low-income. NEMS offers culturally-sensitive health care services in several Asian and other languages and dialects, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Burmese, Korean, and Spanish. NEMS currently operates four clinics throughout San Francisco and one clinic in San Jose. nems.org

About AsianWeek Foundation:
AsianWeek Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and develop Asian Pacific American identity, community and diversity. AWF does this by bringing people together through cultural events, media campaigns, consulting and innovative programs. AsisianWeek Foundation is part of the San Francisco Hep B Free Steering Committee and organizes Hep B community education and awareness events. asianweekfoundation.org
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