206759 Obesity and Other Risk Factors for Liver Disease

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 9:15 AM

Susan C. Robinson, MPA , Program, American Liver Foundation, New York, NY
Suzanna Masartis , Western Pennsylvania West Virginia Division, American Liver Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Indhira Blackwood, MPA , Program, American Liver Foundation, New York, NY
Emily Watson, MPH , Program, American Liver Foundation, New York, NY
Although liver disease affects more than 30 million individuals in the United States, it is not a commonly discussed medical issue. All individuals may be at risk for liver disease. Lack of awareness and information has led to significant misunderstandings of liver disease risk factors and false assumptions of those impacted by liver disease.

The American Liver Foundation's national education awareness initiatives -- Liver Wellness (including Diet and Your Liver and Managing Your Medications), Liver Cancer and Think B -- address common risk factors that impact liver health (healthful eating, appropriate use of medication and strategies to prevent the spread of viral hepatitis) and disease risk factors (obesity, medication misuse, risky behaviors) for all individuals. The goal is to prevent adverse health outcomes, including liver cancer, liver failure and even death. The Liver Wellness Initiative will reach more than 150,000 individuals by 2010 through health education material, programs and an interactive website. The Liver Cancer Initiative will reach more than 100,000 individuals by 2010 through health education material in ten languages. To date, the Think B Initiative has reached more than 50,000 individuals through education material in six languages and community-based, in-language education and screening programs.

Broad-reaching awareness initiatives increase general knowledge about liver disease and common risk factors. Initiatives also define disease prevention strategies and dispel misconceptions about liver disease, affected populations and disease impact. This presentation will discuss the model and present preliminary outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the need to inform all Americans awareness about the nondiscriminatory nature of liver disease and risk factors and their affect. (2) Discuss the American Liver Foundation's national initiatives on liver health

Keywords: Disease Prevention, Risk Factors

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been responsible for delivering many of the core programs of the American Liver Foundation over the past 3 years that I have served as the Executive Director for the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Division. These programs include Liver Wellness; Love Your Liver Youth Education, ThinkB, and the Hepatitis C Treatment Choices program as well as our Division's legacy program Living Well with Liver Disease.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.