Hepatitis B and the Opioid Epidemic: Opportunities to Increase Adult Vaccination Lunch Briefing

April 30, 2019
House Office Building - 2203 Rayburn House

It is estimated that up to 2.2 million individuals are living with chronic hepatitis B in the United States. Nationwide, newly diagnosed cases of hepatitis B rose 20 percent in 2015, largely driven by the opioid epidemic and in conjunction with extremely low adult hepatitis B vaccination rates.
 
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), Hep B United (HBU), the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF), and NASTAD’s Hepatitis Appropriations Partnerships, in collaboration with the AIDS Institute, the Hepatitis Education Project, and National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), invites you to a briefing on Hepatitis B and the Opioid Epidemic: Opportunities to Increase Adult Vaccination on April 30. The briefing will be held in 2203 Rayburn House from 12:00-1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.
 
The briefing will coincide with Congressman Hank Johnson and Congresswoman Grace Meng’s, co-chairs of the Congressional Hepatitis Caucus, introduction of a House resolution to designate April 30 as National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day. 
 
Join experts from the Department of Health and Human Services, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Harvard Medical School, and The AIDS Institute who will discuss the urgent need to increase adult hepatitis B vaccination in the context of the opioid epidemic and what Congress can do.
To RSVP, go to http://bit.ly/Adult-HepB-Vaccination-Day-Briefing. For questions, please contact Rita Kuwahara, MD, MIH (rkuwahara@aapcho.org).
 
*This is a widely attended event planned in compliance with House and Senate ethics rules. 

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