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Welcome to SF Hep B Free


SF Hep B Free: 1st Viral Hepatitis Summit & 8th Annual B A Hero Awards Gala



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SF Hep B Free will be hosting our 1st Viral Hepatitis Summit, focusing on both hepatitis B and hepatitis C, with an emphasis on stigma reduction and policy changes, themed Breaking The Silence. Our expert panel of speakers will provide education and discussions on some of the most pressing challenges facing viral hepatitis throughout the nation. 


Rachel McLean, MPH-California Department of Public Health

Betsy Thompson, MD, DrPH- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Thaddeus Pham, MPH-Hawaii Department of Public Health, Hep Free Hawaii

Annie Leutkemeyer, MD-University of California San Francisco

Moon Chen, MPH, PhD-University of California Davis

Shawne Lopes, MSTCM-American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Daniel Berrner-University of California San Francisco

Ron Valdiserri, MPH, MD-Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health


Following the Viral Hepatitis Summit we will be hosting our 8th Annual B A Hero Awards Gala to honor some of our most prominent champions for eliminating hepatitis B. To match this year's theme of Breaking The Silence, we are encouraging all of our attendees to come dressed Masquerade Ball style, and enjoy the captivating entertainment throughout the night. 

*Dress Code: Masquerade Ball mask, Suit, Cocktail Dress


B A Hero Awardees:

Abbie Yant, MA-Dignity Health/St. Francis Hospital 

Stewart Cooper, MD-Sutter Health, California Pacific Medical Center

Larry Vitale, MPH, MPA, RN-San Francisco State University

Shawne Lopes, MSTCM-American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Thaddeus Pham, MPH-Hawaii Department of Public Health, Hep Free Hawaii


Ron Smith Legacy Award:

Edward Chow, MD-San Francisco Health Commission


For Tickets:

Purchase Your Tickets Here!

For Summit Scholarship rates please contact Arcadi Kolchak at Arcadi.Kolchak@SFHepBFree.org 



Friday, October 2, 2015

Summit: 8:00am-2:00pm

Gala: 6:00pm-9:00pm



InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

888 Howard Street, 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103


For More Information About SF Hep B Free:


SF Hep B Free is a fisically sponsored project of Community Initiatives.

$65 of the Gala ticket and $55 of the Summit ticket, or $70 for the combined ticket rate is tax deductible as charitable contributions. 


Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Hep B Free Title-Presenting Sponsor:



Hep B Free Super Hero:

Dignity Health, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital


Hep B Free Team Leader:

Chinese Hospital



Hep B Free Team Friend:

Sutter Health, California Pacific Medical Center


Chinese Community Health Plan

Chinese Community Health Care Association

Hospital Council of Northern and Central California


Hep B Free Team Supporter:


San Francisco Association of Realtors

Portsmouth Square Garage

Stuart Fong


Hep B Free Community Supporter:

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SF Hep B Free-SF Giants PSA 

San Francisco Hep B Free is proud to present our first PSA of 2015, featuring Congressman Mike Honda, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, and Filipino Super Star Gabriel Valenciano. It was an honor to have the an opportunity to film at AT&T park in the stadium of the world famous, World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants. 


SF Hep B Free is a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first hepatitis B free city in the nation. This unprecedented campaign will provide free and low-cost hepatitis B testing and vaccinations to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) adults at locations throughout San Francisco. 
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  • About
  • Mission

The three objectives of the SF Hep B Free campaign are:

  1. To create public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of testing & vaccinating APIs for hepatitis B.
  2. To promote routine hepatitis B testing and vaccination within the primary care medical community.
  3. To ensure access to treatment for chronically infected individuals.

What to Do

  • Get Tested +

    Ask your doctor for the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and surface antibody (anti-HBs) tests for both yourself and your family. These are not included in routine physical examination blood tests and must be requested. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor for the HBsAg test to see whether you are infected with hepatitis B.
  • Get Vaccinated +

    If both your blood tests (HBsAg and anti-HBs) are negative, you have not been infected with hepatitis B. Get the 3-shot hepatitis B vaccination series to protect yourself for life from future infection. All newborns should receive the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.
  • Get Treated +

    Not all people chronically infected with hepatitis B need treatment. However, if your blood levels of ALT are elevated ongoing liver damage may be occurring. Treatment with either lamivudine, adefovir or entecavir (a pill taken once a day) or a course of interferon shots may be appropriate in this situation. These are the only four FDA-approved pills for chronic hepatitis B. Appropriate management can reduce the risk of further liver damage and liver cancer.
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