Viral Hepatitis Awareness Months and Days
One important way to raise awareness about viral hepatitis among persons who are at risk, healthcare providers, and the general public is through awareness months and days. Three annual viral hepatitis-focused observances provide opportunities to join with allies and coordinate across organizations, communities, and the nation to educate communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment.
More widespread understanding about viral hepatitis is essential if we are to prevent new infections and poor health outcomes, including hepatitis-related liver cancer and deaths, among those living with viral hepatitis and achieve the goals of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan).
Organizations as well as individuals can use these annual observances to help get the word about viral hepatitis out to and through their networks, helping more people get tested and linked to treatment. During viral hepatitis observances, you can:
- Share important health messages to motivate viral hepatitis testing, vaccination, care, and treatment
- Promote informational resources such as those available from the CDC
- Organize or join events to raise awareness and create change in your community
- Enlist and engage new partners in responding to viral hepatitis
Many different kinds of organizations have joined in the fight against viral hepatitis including, community medical and behavioral healthcare providers and healthcare systems, state and local health departments, advocacy groups and coalitions, professional organizations, academic institutions, social service organizations serving priority populations, and others. Winning this fight will require active involvement by a broad mix of groups and individuals. Join us and get involved!