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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month: Ways for Homeless Providers to Participate

Consistent with the well-known link between homelessness and adverse outcomes in overall health and life expectancy, studies suggest that there is a higher prevalence of hepatitis among homeless populations than the national rate. Find out more about the impact of hepatitis on people experiencing homelessness in Healthcare for the Homeless’s (HCH) Hepatitis C Update – and connect with the HCH Program in your community today!

In the United States, there are approximately 3.5-5.3 million people living with viral hepatitis, and most of them do not know that they are infected. Viral hepatitis is a leading infectious cause of death, claiming the lives of 12,000-18,000 Americans each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a number of resources to help raise awareness and link people into testing for hepatitis C. Here are some of the ways that homeless service providers can participate in Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19th.  

Hepatitis Awareness Month & Hepatitis Testing Day Resources

Resources on the CDC’s Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day Resource Center page can help you spread the word about the month and support your activities. In the Resource Center you’ll find a variety of digital tools including a quiz widget, buttons, and banners that we encourage you to use on your websites and in emails. Several different Live Script Radio PSAs are available should you want to adopt or customize for your events and pitch to local radio stations. Information on how to request a Hepatitis Awareness Month and/or national Hepatitis Testing Day proclamation be issued in your community is also available.

Hepatitis Testing Day Event Page

CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is again sponsoring a Hepatitis Testing Day Event page.  If you are hosting an event, please register your event now. Once events are registered people can search for testing events in their area by entering their zip code. You can promote the event page by featuring one of two different buttons on your site, so that others can register their events and your constituents can find testing events near them.

Hepatitis Risk Assessment

Support Hepatitis Testing Day by continuing to promote the Hepatitis Risk Assessment by using free resources, including downloadable buttons, badges, or banner ads to feature on your website and sending out the risk assessment e-card to your constituents.

Know More Hepatitis Campaign

The Know More Hepatitis campaign continues to raise awareness about Hepatitis C and encourage people born 1945-1965, or baby boomers, to talk to their doctor about getting tested. Campaign resources are available free for your use, including a fact sheet, posters, digital tools, live radio scripts, an infographic, and supporting images and templates. Also, a video PSA encouraging baby boomers to get tested for Hepatitis C is available – check it out and share!

Know Hepatitis B Campaign

Last year, CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH), in coordination with community partners, released Know Hepatitis B, a national education campaign designed to educate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) about the importance of getting tested for Hepatitis B. Free, culturally appropriate materials and resources are available in English and multiple Asian languages, including TV and radio PSAs, fact sheets, posters, paper risk assessments, and digital tools. The website also contains resources for health professionals outlining the rationale and importance of testing their AAPI patients.

Hepatitis Poster Ordering Page:

Free posters are available through our online ordering page. Posters provide information on hepatitis in general, but posters for the Know More Hepatitis and Know Hepatitis B campaigns are also available to order. Feel free to visit the site and order posters for your organization and activities you have planned throughout the month of May!

The CDC Training Center for Viral Hepatitis

Access free webinars and other updated training materials for frontline workers in community based organizations.

Twitter

If you are on Twitter, we hope you will follow DVH’s Twitter account @cdchep. Please join the conversation by using the following hashtags:

  • #Hepatitis
  • #HepAware for Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • #HTD for Hepatitis Testing Day
  • #HepRisk for the Hepatitis Risk Assessment
  •  #KnowHepB for the Know Hepatitis B campaign
The Homelessness Assistance Programs page provides information on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It contains program guidance, reporting system support, and homelessness resources for Federal Agencies, government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.

 
            
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