· Mr. Dave Nguyen, Founder & Executive Coach, AASuccess
· Ms. Elizabeth Bohle, Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
· Ms. Elizabeth Chung, Asian American Center of Frederick, MD (AACF)
· Gia Long Alumnae Association
· Dr. HeeSoon Juon, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
· Mr. Jacob Mbafor, VFC Coordinator, District of Columbia Department of Health
· Ms. Rita Lee, President, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
· Team HBV, Phi Delta Sigma, University of Maryland—College Park
· Mr. William Hong, President, Korean-American Association of Virginia (KAVA)
The event took place at the China Garden Restaurant in Arlington, VA with over 260 attendees. This is HBI-DC's 5th annual benefit gala and award dinner.
Ms. Kathy Parks, ABC 7 and News Channel 8 reporter and news anchor, was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.
Mrs. Leslie Hsu Oh shared her personal story of why she founded HBI-DC after losing her brother and mother to liver cancer caused by hepatitis B.
Virginia Delegate Mark Keam presented Jane Pan, HBI-DC Executive Director, with House Joint Resolution 724, which passed in 2013, designating May 19th as Hepatitis B Awareness Day in Virginia.
Guest speaker, Ms. Julie Soohyun Koo, Executive Director of the D.C. Mayor's Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, provided opening remarks at the Gala.
Dr. Jennifer Lee, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia was a Keynote Speaker for the evening.
Ms. Corinna Dan, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, was a Keynote Speaker for the evening.
City Council Woman of the Town of Herndon, Grace Han Wolf, presented Jane Pan, HBI-DC Executive Director, with a Proclamation from Fairfax County Government declaring May as Hepatitis Awareness Month and May19th as Hepatitis Testing Day.
Dr. Jose Bordon was inducted into the Leadership Circle by the Board of Directors.
Dr. Loc Le was inducted into the Leadership Circle by the Board of Directors.
About the Hepatitis B Initiative of DC (HBI-DC)
1 out of 10 Asian Americans are infected with Hepatitis B. Many do not know they are infected and can live without symptoms for many years until they develop liver cancer or liver failure. HBI-DC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing hepatitis B infection and its deadly consequences in at-risk groups through culturally and linguistically appropriate education, screening, vaccination and treatment referrals.
In the past year alone, HBI-DC provided education to 2,808 individuals; screenings for 2,232 individuals; vaccination for 189 high-risk individuals; and linked 96 hepatitis B positive individuals to care services, giving them a chance to prevent long-term complications of this disease. This was done at no charge or very low cost to any participants. All funds raised are used to support free hepatitis B education, screening, and vaccination events in the DC metro area.
To learn more and to support the work of HBI-DC, visit our website at http://www.hbi-dc.org.
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