Who do we work with?
HBI-DC partners with community-based (CBOs) and faith-based organizations (FBOs) to design culturally and linguistically appropriate education materials for its target population. By working with CBOs and FBOs, HBI-DC is able to leverage to serve the target population as well as guarantee a good turn-out at education seminars and screening events. HBI-DC also works with local clinics to assist with linking patients to care and treatment services.
HBI-DC collaborates mostly with community-based organizations that serve niche communities, such as ethnic and faith-based community members. Most of these organizations are also grassroots volunteer-based organizations. HBI-DC works with over 25 different organizations each year, engaging their community leaders in outreach efforts to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate education materials.
HBI-DC also works with local health departments and clinics to coordinate free vaccinations for at-risk patients.
What do we do?
When patients have been identified as testing positive for hepatitis B, C, and/or HIV, HBI-DC will link them to care and/or treatment services. HBI-DC is fortunate to work with a handful of physicians in DC, MD, and VA who provide their services pro bono at our health screening events; these physicians are a part of HBI-DC’s leadership circle.
With these collaborations, HBI-DC is seen as a community connector for resources. Although, HBI-DC does not convene a formal coalition meeting for viral hepatitis in the DC metropolitan area, its approach in working with each community-based organizations and focusing on their specific needs in a timely manner have proven to been efficient and effective for the target community that it has been serving.