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BUSINESS INITIATIVE

About

The SF Business Initiative, driven by SF Hep B Free - Bay Area, is an innovative pilot project that aims to increase education and awareness of hepatitis B and liver cancer among businesses in San Francisco that employ and serve the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. Each participating business will distribute and display hepatitis B educational material for its employees and customers. Additionally, businesses will play an integral role in promoting free hepatitis B screening events for their immediate neighborhood. 

Foundation of SF Business Initiative

  • Select target groups (specific SF neighborhoods and businesses- restaurants, nail salons, markets, etc.) with predominantly API employee and customer base.

  • Develop relationships with business owners, managers, and employees.

  • Establish SF Business Honor Roll.*

  • Supply businesses with outreach material (multi-lingual brochures, posters, screening cards).

  • Increase access by offering FREE hepatitis B screenings to uninsured employees and customers, complete with a linkage to care plan for those who require follow-up care.

  • Maintain communication and support with businesses to sustain efforts in providing materials, screenings, and follow up as needed.

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What is the Business Honor Roll?

The SF Business Honor Roll is a partnership between SF Hep B Free - Bay Area and businesses that agree to receive and provide educational material and upcoming screening event information to employees and customers on an ongoing basis. This serves as acknowledgement between the two parties that the business is dedicated to supporting SF Hep Free - Bay Area’s mission to make San Francisco the first city in the U.S. to test and vaccinate all API individuals for hepatitis B and effectively eliminate hepatitis B from San Francisco. 

Business Benefit

SF Business Honor Roll participants will receive a number of incentives:

  • A list of active partners will be published by local media outlets, which is seen vastly by the SF API community.

    • Being an active partner of the SF Business Honor Roll distinguishes businesses as showing commitment to employee health and promoting awareness of hepatitis B.

  • Each business will receive a free supply of hepatitis B educational materials and promotional materials for upcoming neighborhood screening events.

  • Businesses that participate in the Honor Roll have established a mutually supportive relationship with SF Hep B Free and will be the first to receive event invitations. 

 
Our Pilot Project

After a 6 month pilot project with our partner, San Francisco State University's School of Nursing, and countless hours of outreach within San Francisco Chinatown, we are proud to announce the following results. 

  • 337 Direct interaction with businesses

  • 71 Officially enrolled Business Initiative Partners

  • 9 Businesses agreed to display brochures

  • 700 Estimated direct education

  • 1 Business agreed to air our PSA's - Crossings TV

  • 1 Business enacted policy change within their Human Relations Department

All new hires are recommended hepatitis B screening and vaccination and provided with hepatitis B education brochures with their new hire packets.