A world free from liver disease caused by hepatitis B.
The mission of Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC (HBI-DC) is to mobilize communities to prevent liver disease caused by hepatitis B among communities at risk in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. HBI-DC engages in activities that help promote positive change and affect the lives of Asian American / Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the Washington, DC metro area through collaborative partnerships, culturally and linguistically appropriate hepatitis B outreach, education, screening, vaccination, linkages to care, and patient navigation services for impacted communities.
HBI-DC focuses on providing educational outreach to vulnerable populations and engage them in understanding what HBV is and how it can affect the liver, i.e. cause lifelong infection, scar the liver, develop into cancer, cause the liver to fail, and eventually lead to death. By increasing awareness among vulnerable populations, especially individuals who are low-income or have no health care coverage, HBI-DC is helping potentially infected individuals get free screening and vaccinations that could save their lives and others with whom they interact.