SMASH B 2012 Hepatitis B Screening and Education Day Recap
On Sunday, January 15th, the Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program (VNMAP) with the support of the Montgomery County Council and AAHI, held a hepatitis B screening and education day as part of their 2012 SMASH B Program (Screening, Management, Awareness, Solutions for Hepatitis B). Building off their successful first program in 2011, approximately 170 participants were able to receive hepatitis B screenings this year. First, participants attended a health education lecture conducted by Dr. Loc Le, a bilingual and bicultural Vietnamese American physician, and then proceeded to get their screenings. Participants were also able to browse a number of informational tables hosted by local community organizations, a local hospital, MC DHHS, and AAHI. AAHI’s outreach table provided health education on various topics including cancer, osteoporosis, hepatitis B and tobacco. As an interactive activity, AAHI brought the popular wheel of health education focusing on breast cancer. The wheel was a big hit! It was a wonderful method of engaging the participants and sharing important information on breast health.