Communities of Color

Increasing Hepatitis B Awareness and Testing Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

vietnamese_hp-banner - square_1185x698

An estimated 1 in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV); however, two-thirds are not aware of their infection. As we near the end of May’s observance of both Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I want to underscore the importance of addressing hepatitis B infection…

Centers for Disease Control: Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

CDC Logo

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV. Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise a small percentage of all HIV infections in the United States. Asians accounted…

Register Today for Webinar on Hepatitis C and African American Women


In recognition of both National Women’s Health Week and Hepatitis Awareness Month, the HHS Offices on Women’s Health, Minority Health, and HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy are co-sponsoring a webinar, Hepatitis C and African American Women, on Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 1:30-2:45 PM (ET). Because of disproportionate rates of hepatitis C virus infection, African Americans…

National Minority Health Month: Training the Public Health Work Force

CDC Logo

For National Minority Health Month, I want to raise an issue that is vital to improve the health and health equity of our Nation: that is, the development of a public health workforce that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. In relation to HIV, it is critical that we ensure a workforce that has the…

New Hepatitis C Treatments Have High Cure Rates for African Americans

CDC heptatis image AfricanAm-186x260

The epidemic of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection impacts over 3 million individuals in the United States, and over 50% of infected people are undiagnosed. In an effort to increase the number of people who are aware of their HCV infection and link them to care, in 2012 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

The Local Pharmacy: An Untapped Resource for Viral Hepatitis Care

hawaii dept of health logo

Last year, I went to my local drugstore to get my seasonal flu shot. As my pharmacist prepared the materials, she asked about my niece’s recent hula performance.  I asked how her daughter was doing in school. As we chatted it occurred to me: I know my pharmacist better than my doctor. And she knows…

SAMHSA Announces Funding to Prevent Substance Abuse, HIV, and HCV among Minority Young Adults


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a funding opportunity announcement under its fiscal year 2015 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) grants.  Known by its short title “MSI CBO grants,” the purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce substance…

Advancing Awareness and Action Against Hepatitis C among African Americans


A recent forum convened by HHS focused on strengthening the response to hepatitis C in African American communities, gathering representatives of more than three dozen organizations from across the nation to discuss ideas, opportunities, and strategies to address this significant health disparity. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection disproportionately affects African Americans, with some estimates indicating…