San Francisco Hep B Free Recognizes HHS’s Corinna Dan
Recently, San Francisco Hep B Free recognized Corinna Dan, RN, MPH with its Ron Smith Legacy Award for her extraordinary efforts in ensuring that hepatitis B continues to be a priority across the nation.
Corinna, as many of you know, serves as the Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP). She works closely with me and our federal and nonfederal partners alike to coordinate the implementation and monitoring of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (NVHAP). She’s also a frequent contributor to this blog, which is a great place to start if you want to get a better sense of why San Francisco Hep B Free chose to honor her. She does the work of at least three really good people. She is a strategic leader and seems to know almost everyone working on hepatitis-related issues in this country. She is invaluable to this office, and it has been a great pleasure to work with her on these issues that are so important to the health of our nation, to see her passion, and to see her make the impossible happen. I am very pleased to share the news of this well-deserved recognition for her tireless efforts.
San Francisco Hep B Free (SF Hep B) is a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first hepatitis B-free city in the nation. This campaign provides free and low-cost hepatitis B testing and vaccinations to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) adults at locations throughout the city. The campaign is a proud supporter of the NVHAP and its work is aligned with the Action Plan’s goals to reduce new infections, reduce deaths, and reduce viral hepatitis health disparities.
Their work is critically important given the disproportionate impact of hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). While AAPIs make up about 5% of the U.S. population, they account for more than 50% of all Americans living with chronic HBV infection. An estimated one in 12 AAPIs is living with HBV infection, however, as many as two of three HBV-infected AAPIs do not know they are infected because they have not been tested. Consequently, HBV-related liver cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among Asian Americans.
Because of this disproportionate impact, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the NVHAP’s “priority populations” for whom we seek to improve prevention, testing and diagnoses, and access to care and treatment. Learn more about the NVHAP and our efforts to reduce the number of HBV-related deaths among APIs here.
SF Hep B presented the award at their 10th Anniversary Awards Gala on October 14. The award was established to honor true champions of the Asian and Pacific Islander community and named in honor of the late Ron Smith, a long-time leader of health-care issues in California.
“I am very honored to be a part of this San Francisco Hep B Free 10th anniversary gala and to accept the Ron Smith Legacy award,” said Ms. Dan. “I cannot overstate the importance of SF Hep B Free and other nongovernmental partners and their contributions toward our shared vision for our nation.” Corinna has been working in the viral hepatitis arena for 16 years. Prior to joining OHAIDP, Corinna served as Hepatitis B Policy Fellow at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO).
Additional honorees at the gala included U.S Senator Mazie Hirono (HI); Shana Daum, Vice President, Public Affairs & Community Relations, San Francisco Giants; Christopher Douglas, Co-Founder, Team Cancer Sucks; Ligia Afu-Li, Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Public Health; and Mary Jung, Executive Director, SFAR Foundation.
@sfhepbfree presents Corinna Dan @Hepatitis411 w/ Ron Smith Legacy Award at anniversary awards gala & fundraiser. https://go.usa.gov/xnTsV