Top 9+ Ways to Engage in Hepatitis Awareness Day (and Four Things You Should Know)

Top 9+ Ways to Engage in Hepatitis Awareness Day (and Four Things You Should Know)

Today is designated as World Hepatitis Awareness Day. Agencies and offices around the globe, within national governments, alongside state, provincial and local partners, all are working to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for hepatitis B, testing for hepatitis B and C, the availability of effective care and curative treatment, and the serious health consequences resulting from undiagnosed and untreated viral hepatitis. 

The day affords all an important opportunity to raise more widespread awareness of viral hepatitis and its impact on the world’s population and expand healthcare’s coordinated efforts to improve the health of the estimated time 290 million people living with viral hepatitis unawares. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost.

On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, people from across the world will take action and raise awareness to “find the missing millions” – this year’s theme – who are living with chronic HEP B and HEP C. WHD is also a day for the world’s hepatitis community to unite and make their voices heard and to celebrate the progress made and address the current challenges.

It’s also an opportunity for everyone to increase awareness by learning their hepatitis status, spread the word about treatment, and encourage real political change to jointly facilitate prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Four Things You Should Know About Viral Hepatitis:

1.    Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are all different diseases. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways. Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections and lead to serious health problems.

2.    Chronic hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis B and C can cause serious damage to the liver, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. In fact, more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are related to hepatitis B or C.

3.    Most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected. More than four million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis in the United States, but most do not know they are infected. Many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms or feeling sick.

4.    Getting tested could save your life. Lifesaving treatments are available for chronic hepatitis B and new treatments are available that can cure hepatitis C. Still, getting tested is the only way to know if you are infected. 

9 Ways to Get Engaged

Assess Your Own Risk and Take Action

Use these easy online tools to find out if you are at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C, then take action to locate a nearby provider of hepatitis B vaccination or hepatitis B or C testing. Share these tools with friends, family, colleagues, members, clients, constituents, and others.

Use the Hepatitis Digital Tools

Incorporate the Hepatitis Awareness Month logo into your website, blog posts, social media, email, and other communications. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page to find an array of digital tools including a quiz widget and buttons, badges, and banners in different shapes and sizes that are ready to download and use online. 

Get Social

Whether you have one minute or an hour, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in World Hepatitis Day to help #FindTheMissingMillions. Join the conversation on social media. by the hashtags #HepAware, #NoHep, and #WorldHepatitisDay to share information on viral hepatitis and Hepatitis Day. Follow @HHS_ViralHep on Twitter to learn about the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, federal hepatitis actions and resources. Follow @cdchep on Twitter to receive information from CDC about hepatitis resources, tools, publications, campaign updates, and events. 

Take it to the bank

Send money to your favorite viral hepatitis nonprofit organization. Most hepatitis C organizations are doing big work with little money. If you can’t make a donation, a simple thank-you or and encouraging message about a job well done is still valuable.

Use CDC’s Educational Campaign Materials

Know More Hepatitis is an educational campaign aiming to increase testing for Hepatitis C among people born during 1945-1965. Supporting fact sheets, posters, infographic, buttons & badges, live-read radio scripts, templates, and other images can all be found under campaign materials.

Know Hepatitis B is an educational campaign aiming to increase testing for Hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). This multilingual campaign has materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese with select fact sheets also available in Burmese, Hmong, Khmer, and Lao. Supporting videos, fact sheets, posters, infographics, customizable flyers, and other materials can all be found under campaign materials.

CDC has multiple viral hepatitis posters available for ordering at no cost. Some posters are available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Read About Viral Hepatitis

Learn more about The Department of Health and Human Services’ Action Plan to harness available tools and focus the U.S. response to viral hepatitis. The Action Plan features many opportunities for nonfederal stakeholders to take action in support of reaching goals.

Or, find the latest news, research and information at HEPmag.com.

Tell Your HEP Story

Telling your story puts a face on hepatitis, defies stigma and helps to raise awareness. Make it real of others and get your testimony out there, whether as a care giver, a volunteer, or a person who has overcome or is currently dealing with HEP.

Connect With Others

HEP Forums comprise round-the-clock discussion spaces for people to exchange information and talk to others affected by hepatitis.

At Cerca, we are professionals providing top talent to organizations who are leading the way in treating, preventing and curing Hepatitis, other infectious diseases and throughout the Life Sciences sector. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, ever day, then we would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been pros ourselves in the fields where we focus, we know the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers.

That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Just email me today at srivers@cercatalent.com, and we will begin the process of finding you Allstars that help you set records.

And join us in observing World Hepatitis Day in one or many of the ways described above.

 Sources:

HEPmag.com

HHS.gov

worldhepatitisalliance.org

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Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses.

As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott is an intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside.

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Today is designated as World Hepatitis Awareness Day. Agencies and offices around the globe, within national governments, alongside state, provincial and local partners, all are working to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination for hepatitis B, testing for hepatitis B and C, the availability of effective care and curative treatment, and the serious health consequences resulting from undiagnosed and untreated viral hepatitis. T

he day affords all an important opportunity to raise more widespread awareness of viral hepatitis and its impact on the world’s population and expand healthcare’s coordinated efforts to improve the health of the estimated time 290 million people living with viral hepatitis unawares. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost.

On World Hepatitis Day, people from across the world will take action and raise awareness to “find the missing millions” – this year’s theme – who are living with chronic HEP B and HEP C. WHD is also a day for the world’s hepatitis community to unite and make their voices heard. It’s a day to celebrate the progress made and to address the current challenges.

Scott Rivers

Scott Rivers

Helping clients build world class teams as a recruiting leader in Oncology, Genetics, Diagnostics and Life Sciences

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