Huntington Hospital Hosts National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day

Photo courtesy Huntington Hospital Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer in Quality and Physician Services at Huntington Hospital; Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital; and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer at the city of Pasadena Public Health Department, presented at the National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day Stakeholder Breakfast and Conference.
Photo courtesy Huntington Hospital
Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer in Quality and Physician Services at Huntington Hospital; Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital; and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer at the city of Pasadena Public Health Department, presented at the National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day Stakeholder Breakfast and Conference.

Huntington Hospital, in partnership with Hep B Free-Los Angeles and the Hepatitis C Task Force of Los Angeles County, hosted a conference and stakeholder breakfast, in conjunction with National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19. The event brought together nearly 100 health advocates, community leaders and religious leaders, who learned about viral hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The attendees developed strategies to reduce death and disability in their own communities from this preventable disease. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of infectious mortality, and affects up to 5.3 million Americans and 400 million people worldwide.
“It is crucial to bring viral hepatitis awareness to the community,” said Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital. “We are thankful for organizations such as HEP B Free-Los Angeles and Hepatitis C Task Force of Los Angeles County for bringing our community leaders together to discuss these diseases.”
The conference began with a welcome from Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer, quality and physician services at Huntington Hospital. Dr. Koy Parada of Hep B Free-Los Angeles and Samuel Gonzalez of Hepatitis C Task Force for Los Angeles, served as emcees for the event. Speakers included Dr. Mena, Dr. Tse-Ling Fong of Asian Pacific Liver Center, Dr. Robert Kim-Farley of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh from the city of Pasadena Public Health Department.
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