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Join Us For Our Next Webinar on 6/26

HE: The Caregiver’s Perspective, will take place on Thursday, June 26th at noon and 3:00 pm EST. The webinar will focus on overcoming challenges a caregiver faces when helping a HE patient. A brief Q&A session will follow. For more information and to register, click here.

In case you missed our recent webinar, Hepatitis C: Treatment Options and the Patient Experience, you can still view it on our HepC website here.

Join Us for a Night of Liver Learning

In an effort to increase public education around liver disease, ALF’s New England Division hosts monthly educational lectures for patients and their families, as well as for medical professionals. In collaboration with the Division’s medical advisory committee (MAC), a “hot topic” is presented each month facilitated by the top medical professionals in the liver field from the Boston area. The next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, 2014, and the topic will be Autoimmune Liver Disease, hosted by Daniel Pratt, MD, clinical director of Liver Transplantation and director of the Autoimmune & Cholestatic Liver Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. For more information, visit the division’s website here.


Around Town

Michigan Officially Declares May as Hepatitis Awareness Month


Nick Lyon, Chief Deputy Director and Jacqueline Dominguez, Executive Director, American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division

The American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division was presented with a proclamation at the Michigan State Capitol on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, recognizing May as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in Michigan. Patients, healthcare professionals and ALF leadership visited with legislators to brief them about the seriousness of this silent epidemic. Afterwards, a press conference was held in the State Rotunda with remarks by Robert Fontana, MD, professor of hepatology at the University of Michigan Health System; Robert Gholston, Jr., who was among the early cohort of patients who received the new hepatitis C medications and cleared the virus; and Lynda Asher, a two time transplant recipient who is also free of the hepatitis C virus. The proclamation was presented to Jacqueline Dominguez, executive director of the ALF Great Lakes Division by Nick Lyon, chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.


ALF’s Greater New York Division Advocates for Broader Hepatitis Testing Among New Yorkers


l-r Mary Beth Ryke, Randa Adib, Alise Jackson, Sandi Sigler, Jonathan Martin, Lisa Gallipoli, Paul Bolter, Will Giffen, Frank Ercole, Vanessa Swan, Yoshi Otake at New York's City Hall

On May 15, 2014, representatives from the American Liver Foundation’s Greater New York Division, along with other community-based organizations, local and federal public health officials, NYC Council members and patient advocates, gathered on the steps of New York’s City Hall to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and the need for broader testing among New Yorkers.

Paul Bolter, community outreach and program manager for the Division, shared his experiences of living with hepatitis C.

The event coincided with activities for National Hepatitis Awareness Month, National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day and National Hepatitis Testing Day.


Run, Walk and Taste


Messages of love and support posted on the Wall of Hope displayed at the New England Division’s Rhode Island Liver Life Walk held on May 18, 2014.


Flavors of Phoenix – Chef Dimas & staff from Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort and Spa

Several ALF divisions, including Rocky Mountain , Greater New York, Desert Southwest, Heartland, Allegheny, and Chicago held Liver Life Walks and Flavors events to support division public education programs and outreach. Learn more about our Liver Life Walks here and our Flavors events here.

For more information about events in your area, take a look at our calendar for June and July here.


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Page updated: June 22nd, 2014