266144 Building a coalition to coordinate and leverage an under-funded health initiative: The New York City Hepatitis B Coalition

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Isha Weerasinghe, MSc , Hepatitis B Policy, Association for Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, Washington, DC
Nirah Johnson, LMSW , Office of Viral Hepatitis Coordination, NYC Department of Health, Queens, NY
Heesoo Yeo , Public Health and Research Center, The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., New York, NY
Su Wang, MD, MPH , Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, New York, NY
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH , Center for the Study of Asian American Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Eric Rude, MSW , Office of Viral Hepatitis Coordination, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Henry Pollack, MD , Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Background: The New York City Hepatitis B Coalition was co-founded in 2009 by NYC's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Viral Hepatitis Coordination and New York University's B Free CEED: National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities, bringing together experts, advocates, and other community partners to address high HBV prevalence rates in NYC. Methods: To create the Coalition, the OVHC and B Free CEED identified key stakeholders in the NYC HBV community to participate in the Coalition planning group. A web-based survey was developed and sent to 60 NYC organizations involved with HBV services to identify their priority areas. Results: Priorities identified included education, training, and outreach (43%), care and treatment (23%), and screening and vaccination (22%). Coalition activities were organized around these priorities. A website was created to disseminate information to members and bimonthly coalition meetings held. The coalition worked towards broad-based goals such as planning World Hepatitis Day, and meeting with NYC legislators and policy makers, including the NYC Health Commissioner. Discussion: Creating a coalition with government, academic institutions, private industry, hospitals and clinics, and community-based organizations is challenging and time-consuming. However, it has benefited all parties to network, share resources, identify community needs, and work towards common policy interests. However, working towards prevention and management of HBV continues to present challenges as HBV affects a largely marginalized and silent immigrant population. Minimal funding is available to improve services and raise awareness. Currently the coalition is conducting an evaluation of its effectiveness.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the priorities and effectiveness of a coalition with government, academic, and community-based organizational stakeholders. Demonstrate the need to build a coalition when faced with limited resources for underserved populations.

Keywords: Hepatitis B, Coalition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a part of the planning group of the NYC Hepatitis B Coalition, and help to maintain its membership base and resources.
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.