About Us

HBI-DC Screening

Founded in 2006 as the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington DC, HBI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to mobilize communities to address health disparities, including preventing infectious diseases and liver cancer (by detecting HBV and HCV infections early) that affect vulnerable populations. Through collaborative partnerships, our organization provides culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach, education, screening, testing, vaccination, linkage to care, and patient navigation services for impacted communities to promote immigrant health equity.

Annually, HBI has the capacity to outreach, educate, screen, test, and link over 2,000 individuals to healthcare and treatment services throughout the Washington, DC – Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas.

Our multilingual staff collectively speak over nine different languages in addition to English, including: Amharic, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese), French, Korean, Mongolian, Vietnamese, and Yuroba. We also have volunteers who speak Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian, Spanish, Tagalog (Filipino), and Thai.

HBI-DC - Our Story

Our Story

“Your brother has a massive tumor in his liver caused by hepatitis B. And I’m afraid your mother has hepatitis B too.” Leslie Hsu Oh could never forget the doctor’s words. Her brother, Jon-Jon, was only 17 at that time. He died a few months after he turned 18. A year later, Leslie’s mom, who never stopped blaming herself for passing the virus to her son, died too. It was then that Leslie learned that her family could have been saved by a simple vaccine – or a timely screening, even before any of the symptoms started to show. As a student at Harvard, Leslie reached out to allies and HBI-DC (then HBI) was officially established in 1996. It was the first organization to not only offer free screenings, but to leverage the students’ ability to facilitate partnerships between community organizations and empower them to develop their own cultural and linguistically appropriate campaign.

Today, HBI-DC is a leading force in the liver cancer prevention services in the DC area. The organization received its 501(c)3 status in 2007. In 2009, Jane Pan was invited to serve as HBI-DC’s Executive Director. Under Jane Pan’s leadership, HBI-DC has transformed into a major grassroots movement that harnesses the power of community collaboration to provide liver cancer prevention services. In 2013, in addition to hepatitis B, HBI-DC began providing hepatitis C education and screening, and later, HIV.

Since 2009, HBI-DC has advocated at the White House and won numerous awards, including the 2018 Spirit of Community Award from Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation, 2016 Best Practices Award from National Hepatitis B Task Force, and 2016 Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few.

»See full list of HBI-DC awards and recognition

Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Michael P. Reyes serves as the Chair of HBI-DC’s Board of Directors. He is a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation. His astute financial strategies assists HBI-DC in developing long-term wealth management solutions.
  • Sharon Lynn Tirona-Obias, MD serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of HBI-DC’s Board of Directors.
  • Jose Bordon, MD, PhD, AAHIVS is a member of HBI-DC’s Board of Directors.  He is also an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.
  • Lydia Tang, MB, BCh is a member of HBI-DC’s Board of Directors. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • Christy Buranaamorn, MPH is a member of HBI-DC’s Board of Directors. She is also a senior health policy analyst at the American College of Radiology, a medical association headquartered in Reston, VA.

Advisory Committee

  • Leslie Oh: Founder, HBI-DC
  • Thomas Oh: Co-Founder, HBI-DC
  • Hee-Soon Juon, MSN, PhD: Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Julie O. Lane, MPH: Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Meheret Lehr: Project Manager, Socialab / Lab for Social Good
  • Khin Rupa Maung, MD: Private Practice
  • Bikan Octain, MD: Private Practice
  • Natarajah Ravendhran, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG: Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist
  • Gebeyehu N. Teferi, MD: Infectious Disease Specialist, Unity Health Clinic
  • Sang V. Tran, MD: Private Practice
  • Nina Um: Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Group, Bank of America Corporation
  • Carolyn Wong: Director, Training and Communications at Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH: Professor and Executive Director, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.
  • Benson Yu, MD: Private Practice

Staff

  • Jane Pan has been the Executive Director of HBI-DC since 2009. She has engaged key community leaders to work with health clinics, pro bono physicians, university researchers, and advocates to promote the understanding of hepatitis B, C, and HIV through public-private partnerships. Mrs. Pan actively explores additional potential partnerships with other community-based organizations, institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and government (local, state, and federal) agencies.Mrs. Pan has been working with at-risk communities to identify their needs; clarify their demands; and reinforce the importance of HBV, HCV, and HIV education, screening, and HBV vaccination among the high-risk groups through culturally appropriate messages. Through her leadership, HBI-DC has provided education to over 32,500 individuals, screened over 18,000, and identified over 5,000 individuals vulnerable to infection in need of hepatitis B vaccination in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, thus winning the recognition of the US Department of Health and Human Services for its work in screening patients for viral hepatitis.  Mrs. Pan fluently speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and a Shanghai dialect.
  • Hai Le has been working with HBI-DC since June 2017. Mr. Le is one of HBI-DC’s Project Coordinators and is responsible for the operations of the mobile unit, including driving the unit. He is also responsible for the management of HBI-DC’s HIPPA compliant database and reports. Mr. Le fluently speaks English and Vietnamese.
  • Thao-Linh Angeline Nguyen, R.N. has been working with HBI-DC since February 2017. With her background in nursing and experience working with doctors for over 10 years, Mrs. Nguyen has been an effective and efficient Project Coordinator specializing in linkage to care services for patients infected with HBV and/or HCV.In her position, she notifies infected patients of their status and begins working with them to link them with providers and follows up with them if they have financial difficulties accessing medication. Mrs. Nguyen helps patients apply for Patient Assistance Programs. Her effective communication skills have helped patients and providers have a pleasant experience through the process. In addition, Mrs. Nguyen worked on a special project funded by the DC Department of Health HAHSTA as the lead Project Coordinator for the behavioral study data collection project.  Mrs. Nguyen fluently speaks English and Vietnamese.
  • Chooson Byambaa has been working for HBI-DC as a Project Coordinator focusing on outreach and education since March 2017. She coordinates and administers health screening events, including event set-up; designs and posts flyers and health messages on social media (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram). She also provides linguistically and culturally tailored outreach and educational information about hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV; interprets at hospitals or over-the-phone for Mongolian-speaking patients; assist with filling out medical registration forms; and follows-up with next patient appointments and receipt of medications. Mrs. Byambaa fluently speaks English, Mongolian, and Russian.
  • Janet Afoakwah, MPH, has been working for HBI-DC as a Project Coordinator-Outreach since May 2018. Mrs. Afoakwah works with the African community providing public health education and screening events programs.  Mrs. Afoakwah speaks both English and Twi fluently.
  • Dr. Amy Trang, Ph.D., M.Ed., has been the Program Development Consultant for HBI-DC since 2013. She is the founder and CEO of Social Capital Solutions, a management and consulting firm that works with nonprofit organizations to help them leverage resources by connecting them to necessary resources and services. Dr. Trang has worked in both public and private sectors and has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, providing them with strategic planning, board development, organization policies and procedure manuals, organization capacity building plans, program development and management, curriculum design, community outreach, program evaluation as well as fund development and management.  Dr. Trang fluently speaks English and Vietnamese; she is proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese, and French.

Organization Chart

Accomplishments

Over the years, HBI-DC has served the following communities:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Cameroon, Chinese, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Filipino, Ghanaian, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Laotian, Mongolian, Moroccan, Nepalese, Nigerian, Pakistani, Saudi Arabian, Sierra Leone, Somalian, Sudan, Syrian, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese

Our accomplishments since 2006:
  • 38,841 individuals were provided in-person and online education
  • 20,465  at-risk individuals were screened for Hepatitis B
  • 15,033  at-risk individuals were screened for Hepatitis C
  • 3,534 at-risk individuals were screened for HIV since 2016
  • 909 individuals infected with HBV (average 4.3%) were identified and linked to care services
  • 393 individuals infected with HCV (average 3%) were identified and linked to care services

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019 Community Health Service Award, Chinese American Community Health Services
  • 2019 Annual Health Fair 2019 Medical Ministry Partnership Award, Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • 2019 Health Service Appreciation Certificate, Agape Life Ministries, Inc
  • 2019 Community Health Service Certificate, Mongolian Medical Professionals Association of Washington DC
  • 2018 Spirit of Community Award, Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation
  • 2017 Award Certificate of Appreciation to Jane Pan, The State of Maryland
  • 2017 Certificate of Appreciation to HBI-DC, Community Health Service in Chinese American Community
  • 2016 Best Practices Award, National Hepatitis B Task Force
  • 2016 Certificate of Appreciation, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2016 Certificate of Appreciation, GABRIELA – Washington, DC
  • 2015 Community Advocate Award, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
  • 2010 Community Service Award, OCA-DC

Calendar

Upcoming Events

October 1, 2022
October 2, 2022
October 8, 2022
October 9, 2022
October 16, 2022
October 23, 2022

Event Calendar

September 2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
  • Wat Lao Buddhavong Temple
  • Screening at Eden Center
11
  • Wat Yarnna Rangsee Thai Temple
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Scroll to Top