NYC Check Hep B:
100,000 people living in New York City are infected with hepatitis B. Particularly immigrants from Asia and Africa show a higher rate of hepatitis B infection than other ethnic groups. Those people with chronic hepatitis B often face cultural, linguistic, and societal barriers preventing them from being linked to care. Such barriers include ineligibility to health insurance and the high cost of care. Recognizing hepatitis B prevalence and barriers accessing linkage to care among the Korean-American community as well as other Asian-American communities, KCS’ patient navigators
provide the following services supported by the NY City Council.
Outreach, screening, and enrollment
Screening for HBV, if at risk
Assessment and Care Planning
Coordination of referrals
Accompaniment and reminders
Linkage to Care
Treatment readiness and adherence support
Partner/contact notification testing and vaccination support
Faith-based Leaders Network Program:
Funded by the Hep B United Foundation, KCS strives to raise an awareness about hepatitis B infection and treatment among the Korean-American religious community and accordingly, will provide the following activities. Develop and implement strategic methods to improve participation of the Korean American religious community. Develop and implement strategies to overcome barriers to participation, including improving hepatitis B awareness among spiritual leaders, helping religious institutions understand their role in addressing health matters, etc.
Free or low-cost DNA Viral load testing program:
For patients with chronic hepatitis B infection, it is critical to see clinicians at least three to six months to check the DNA viral load and other liver functions to know the extent of liver damage. Given that more than 70% of our clients are uninsured, KCS helps those patients overcome financial and cultural barriers to care by linking patients to Korean-speaking medical providers who provide required medical care and blood test at no/lower cost. Support free testing at clinics in Queens and Manhattan.