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S7HD selected to advance Hepatitis B outreach, education

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Published: Mar. 16, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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(Editor’s note: This story was originally published March 10, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST on kfvs12.com)

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. (Great Health Divide) - Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) was selected by the Asian Health Coalition (AHC) to help with their Perinatal Don’t Let Hepatitis B Win Campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to provide education about the Hepatitis B (HBV) and the risk.

The most common way to become infected with HBV is from mother to child during birth, about 1 in 4 children with chronic HBV will die of HBV-related health problems, like liver disease or liver cancer.

Many people do not know that they have HBV until they experience severe liver damage.

Funding for the program is supported through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for Minority Health Services.

Great Health Divide is an initiative addressing health disparities in the Mississippi Delta and Appalachia funded in part by the Google News Initiative.

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