Gear Up for Hepatitis Awareness Month 2018!

It’s time to get ready to celebrate Hepatitis Awareness Month and the seventh annual national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th! In preparation, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Partner Planning Guide to support individuals, groups, and organizations that are conducting strategic planning efforts for hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV). In addition, below are a variety of of resources to help you plan how your department can get involved in May!

  • Join the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable for “Webinar: Hepatitis C – It’s about More than Liver Disease,” scheduled for May 2 at 1:00pm ET. Registration is required.
  • Join the Be #HepAware Thunderclap on May 19th at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT! Supporters can sign up in advance using their Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts for a one time post that will automatically be sent on May 19th. Visit http://thndr.me/UtWAFY to sign up and help spread the word to your members and followers.
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day Resource Center has free tools to help support your awareness activities and testing events. Resources include buttons, badges, or a quiz widget for your website or email signatures; Live-Read Radio Scripts templates to pitch your events to local radio stations; and sample proclamations for Hepatitis Awareness Month and/or national Hepatitis Testing Day.
  • If your organization provides ongoing hepatitis testing and vaccination services, please visit https://gettested.cdc.gov/ and fill out an online form to make sure your services are registered within their database. This site is a tool for people to enter their zip code and find ongoing services in their area.
  • Share CDC’s feature on the ABCs of Viral Hepatitis and help others learn facts about each type of hepatitis and promotes the Hepatitis Risk Assessment, which can be shared by posting badges on your website or promoting the link on social media. Also, download this one page factsheet on hepatitis A, B, and C, which was developed for the media and provides hepatitis basics and public health strategies.
  • The Know More Hepatitis campaign, which encourages people born from 1945-1965 to get tested for hepatitis C, and the multilingual Know Hepatitis B campaign, promoting hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans, have free resources available for use. Campaign resources include video PSAs and posters, radio PSAs, infographics, fact sheets, customizable event flyers, and other materials.
  • Follow @cdchep on Twitter for information about hepatitis resources, tools, publications, campaign updates, and events. Use the hashtags #HepAware, #hepatitis, #HepTestingDay, and #HepatitisElimination to join the conversation and share information on viral hepatitis.
  • Sign up for monthly emails from the Division of Viral Hepatitis about new publications, recommendations, new materials or significant events.

If you have any questions about Hepatitis Awareness Month, visit the Division of Viral Hepatitis’s website for information and resources (e.g., fact sheets, posters, provider resources) on all types of hepatitis or email hepatitis@cdc.gov.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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