Affiliations:Tisch Community Health Prize
- Culturally and linguistically appropriate awareness campaigns in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese through ethnic media and community outreach;
- Routine screenings and vaccinations, and free community screenings;
- Affordable, accessible treatment regardless of ability to pay;
- Training of primary care providers in proper diagnosis and management;
- Dissemination of best practices;
- Policy advocacy; and
- Leveraging private and public support to enhance and sustain its program through multiple partnerships.
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) works to eliminate disparities, improve health status, and expand access to care with a focus on Asian Americans. It is an advocate and leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, affordable care and health education to its medically underserved population.
CBWCHC’s Hepatitis B Program is widely recognized as a national model of outreach, prevention and care that has reduced major health disparities for Asian Americans—chronic hepatitis B infection and associated liver disease. Although Asian and Pacific Islanders make up less than 5% of the total US population, they account for more than 50% of Americans living with chronic hepatitis B.
Among the first providers in NYC to recognize this burden, its comprehensive Hepatitis B Program includes:
Since 2000, it has screened more than 100,000, identifying over 7,000 chronic hepatitis B patients, and its Hepatitis B Moms Program annually monitors 100 women to reduce mother-child transmission. Since 2011, no infants delivered by CBWCHC have acquired hepatitis B from perinatal transmission.
In his letter of reference, Jeffrey Caballero summarized the program’s success:
“The strength of CBWCHC’s approach is its belief that a high degree of community ownership and participation is essential for sustained success… it’s Hepatitis B Program effectively marshals a community’s internal resources and assets, across community sectors, to strategically focus attention on this priority health issue.”