Up to 2.2 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B, a disease that is largely undiagnosed, but preventable and treatable. Although Asian American and Pacific Islanders account for only about 5% of the U.S. population, they make up more than half of those living with hepatitis B.
In 2017, the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) launched #justB, a national, multi-lingual storytelling campaign, with the goals of increasing awareness and advocacy around hepatitis B; decreasing stigma and discrimination associated with the disease; and promoting hepatitis B testing, vaccination, linkage to care, and treatment.
In partnership with StoryCenter and AAPCHO, HBF organized a series of digital storytelling workshops, where participants connected with other people directly affected by hepatitis B, learned how to share their stories for education and advocacy, and created short videos for the #justB campaign.
Speakers will include Amy Hill with StoryCenter and three #justB participants, who will share their newly released videos and speak more about their experiences with hepatitis B.