MCW students organize successful Hmong Community Hepatitis B screening event
April 15, 2013 College News - More than 70 members of the Hmong community attended a free hepatitis B screening event at Pai Phongsavan, a local Hmong market, on Saturday, March 23. The screening event is part of the “Hepatitis B Screening and Awareness Campaign for the Milwaukee Hmong Community,” an ongoing project founded in 2012 by students of the Medical College of Wisconsin who are members of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA).
Hepatitis B infection disproportionally affects the Asian population, with the Hmong ethnic group having especially high reported rates of infection. Kia Saeian, MD, and Anna Patel, MD, from the MCW Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Cha Lee, MD, of the Lee Medical Clinic, provided hepatitis B education and counseling. Community members interested also underwent hepatitis B screening at no cost.
This project was made possible with grant support from the Hepatitis B Task Force: Focus on Asian Pacific Islander Americans, the MCW/Marquette Medical Alumni Association, and the MCW Student Assembly. APAMSA Student Project Coordinators also worked with community collaborators including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hmong Student Association, Lee Medical Clinic, Grace Hmong Alliance Health Ministry, Hmong American Friendship Association, Hmong ABC Radio, and others.
If you have any questions or would like to assist with future events, please contact Lana Hean, firstname.lastname@example.org, Van Nguyen, email@example.com, or Dr. Saeian, firstname.lastname@example.org.