Test to Protect Family and Self is a Hepatitis B Initiative in the Vietnamese-American Communities of Harrison, Hancock, and Jackson Counties.
Hepatitis B is a virus that can cause liver disease and lead to liver failure or liver cancer. Some cases of Hepatitis B can cause chronic, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is common among Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). It is estimated that 1 in 12 AAPIs is living with undiagnosed Hepatitis B, accounting for over half of the 1.2 million Americans living with the disease.
An estimated 8,500 Vietnamese-Americans live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The MSDH Office of Health Disparity Elimination (OHDE) has partnered with Boat People SOS and Mercy Housing and Human Development to provide culturally appropriate Hepatitis B education, screening, and treatment referral. The goal of Test to Protect Family and Self is to increase awareness, improve surveillance and clinical outcomes, and lower the Hepatitis B burden in the Vietnamese-American community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The activities of Test to Protect Family and Self are the following:
Screenings and Trainings for the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Hepatitis B Screenings and Results
Hepatitis B screenings will be held quarterly for the Vietnamese-American community of the Gulf Coast. Quarterly screening dates and locations are coming soon.
Community Interpreter Training
The OHDE has become a licensed site of the Cross-Cultural Communications to provide medical, educational, and social services interpreter training. Community interpreter trainings will be offered in Mississippi to increase the number of qualified interpreters. For upcoming trainings and to learn more about training requirements, please contact Shirley Pandolfi at Shirley.Pandolfi@msdh.ms.gov.
Cultural Competence Training
The OHDE will be offering cultural competence training to increase healthcare system's capacity to serve diverse patient populations and improve quality of care at an organizational level. Training dates will be coming soon.
Chronic Disease Self-Management
The OHDE will be offering a leader training for Stanford's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Trained leaders will be able to successfully host a six-week, two-and-half-hour training on managing chronic illnesses. Training dates will be coming soon.
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