As a community advocate, Ms. Pan continually demonstrates her passion for achieving health equity through her work with HBI-DC. Since 2008, Ms. Pan led HBI-DC to work with community partners and organizations to bring awareness, vaccinations and treatment of hepatitis B and C to underserved and at-risk populations.
“As public health advocates, we reach out to those who are underserved and unreached by traditional health care delivery,” Ms. Pan affirmed in her acceptance speech at the gala. “To navigate these challenges, collaboration is the key.”
With limited funds and staff, HBI-DC collaborates with numerous volunteers, doctors, health care providers, public health professionals and community- and faith-based organizations.
So far this year, HBI-DC provided education to over 2,000 people and screened over 1,750 individuals at health fairs and health screenings throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. HBI-DC consistently found that six to 10% tested positive for hepatitis B while 26 to 32% are at-risk and need vaccinations. In two communities we found 4-5% tested positive with hepatitis C.
Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, D.C. (HBI-DC) seeks to mobilize communities to prevent liver disease caused by hepatitis B among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African newcomers, and other high-risk groups in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Through collaborative partnerships, HBI-DC provides culturally and linguistically appropriate hepatitis B outreach, education, screening, vaccination, linkages to care, and patient navigation services for impacted communities.