The 2015 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference was held on Saturday, November 14th at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco, CA with the goal of not only educating student attendees about Hepatitis B and C, but also motivating them to take action to implement or strengthen the Hepatitis initiatives in their own communities. Around 100 students from over 20 schools around the country attended to learn more about the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Hepatitis B & C and specifically how the diseases affect the Asian Pacific Islander populations.
The conference started with a keynote speech from Dr. Anna Lok (University of Michigan Medical School and 2017 AASLD President) followed by a Physician-Student Mentorship Luncheon, where students were seated in small groups with the nation’s leading hepatologists. After lunch, Dr. Stuart Fong, one of the founders of SF Hep B Free, spoke about the origins, challenges, and strategies behind the widely successful Hepatitis B campaign in San Francisco. A patient living with Hepatitis B also shared her personal story about her and her family’s battle with this silent killer. In addition to a clinical case activity, attendees further learned about Hepatitis B and C through amazing talks by Dr. Joseph Lim (Yale University School of Medicine) about the treatment of the two diseases and by Dr. Linda Wong (John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii) about the potential outcomes of Hepatitis and treatment of HCC. The conference ended with an inspirational talk from Dr. Samuel So (Stanford School of Medicine and Founder of the Asian Liver Center) about the Jade Ribbon Campaign and international Hepatitis outreach efforts.
The 2015 National APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Conference Poster Winners for each of the categories are:
Individual Research: Christopher Pham – Dis-aggregated liver cancer trends in Asian Americans in 1988-2012
Community Work: Freddie Peng, Amy Lei – Hepatitis B Screening in Asian Pacific Islander Communities within Philadelphia
Combination (Incorporation of Research and Community Work): Joyce Nguyen, Denny Kim – Perceived Hepatitis B Status versus Actual Status in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Rhode Island
“[This conference] exceeded expectations! Really informative and also great to meet APAMSA chapters around the nation!”
“I really liked the case where we worked in groups. It’s one thing to learn about how to diagnose, and what someone’s Hep B status is, but by participating in the case exercise, it really cemented my understanding. You don’t see that it too many conferences, so it was definitely beneficial.”
“It was awesome hearing from such heavy hitters in the community all in one day. This was very exciting and I had never seen anything like it before.”
“I had a really good time and thoroughly enjoyed the talks! As Hepatitis B is a topic that personally impacts my family, it is always good to learn more. Hearing the efforts that are currently being put forth by rather inspiring figures within the Hepatitis B world was definitely encouraging and motivational
APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Education and Community Grants: Now that attendees have learned all about Hep B & C and how it affects the API communities, it is time to take action! Apply for the APAMSA grants to help fund an education or community screening event. More information can be found on the grant website. Plan ahead as the first deadline for screening grant applications is due on December 31st! If you like recommendations to Hepatitis B and C resources or have questions regarding the grants, please contact
Special Thanks to the amazing Planning Committee members William Jin, Diana Cheung, and Jennifer Chae for their efforts in organizing this conference! Shoutout to Alex Choy (APAMSA Communications Director) and Andy Tien (APAMSA Hepatitis B & C Director) for their enormous contributions as well!
All photos on this page credit to Kimberly Vu