Hep B Free Philadelphia’s Chari Cohen and Daniel Chen attended American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2011 annual conference between October 30 and November 2.
Ms. Cohen presented “Is chronic hepatitis B being undertreated in the U.S.?” in the Hepatitis B: A Community Health Problem and A Community Solution section on the morning of Monday, October 31. She demonstrated how the calculation for chronic hepatitis B infection prevalence should be adjusted to properly estimate the number of hepatitis B cases in the US.
Daniel Chen attended the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus’s (APIC) student and young professionals breakfast, business meeting, and annual dinner. Many of the caucus members emphasized the importance of community based approach in public health practice and the increasing need for adding the advocacy component to public health programs. Data collection from the API community is also a critical issue. Daniel also ran into Dr. Walter Tsou, the former APHA president and former health commissioner of Philadelphia. The APIC website is www.apicaucus.org.
It was great for Hep B Free Philadelphia to connect with fellow public health practitioners around the nation. Through sharing experiences and learning from each other, we hope to become even more effect at fighting against hepatitis B.