Grassroots Outreach


Past Events:

Philadelphia, PA
On October 20, 2016, the Foundation partnered with Hepatitis Foundation International to educate Philadelphians about the link between viral hepatitis and liver cancer. Event speakers included representation from the local health department and featured more than 10 vendors providing free information to attendees. The event also offered free HIV and hepatitis C screenings to baby boomers and other attendees.

Queens, NY

On October 8, 2016, the Foundation partnered with New Tang Dynasty to raise awareness of the link between viruses and cancer in the local Asian community. At the event, Drs. Myron Schwartz (The Mount Sinai Medical Center) and Mei R. Fu (New York University) taught more than 350 people about HPV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.  State Senators Tony Avella and Toby Ann Staviski gave special remarks at the event. More than 15 vendors also were onsite to provide free viral hepatitis screenings, health exams, dental exams and more to the community. Post-survey data showed that attendees saw increases in understanding of risk factors for all three viruses.

Harlem, NY
On July 25, 2016, the Foundation partnered with Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.) and the Hepatitis C Mentor and Support group to host a Day of Action: Think About the Link® – Understanding the Link Between Hepatitis C and Liver Cancer. The event included a free awareness summit and screening platform in order to educate at-risk African-Americans and Hispanics about the link between hepatitis C and liver cancer. Speakers included Carolyn Aldigé (Prevent Cancer Foundation), Council Member Inez Dickens and Gloria Searson (C.O.P.E). More than 75 individuals were screened for hepatitis C at the event.

San Francisco, CA

On July 28, 2016, the Foundation partnered with Hep B Free and the San Francisco Department of Health to host the Think About the Link® City Hall Press Briefing: Shining a Light on the Link Between Viral Hepatitis & Liver Cancer. This free press briefing featured remarks from  Barbara A. Garcia (Director of Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health) and Tung Nguyen, M.D. (Chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders). San Francisco City Hall also was illuminated in the colors representing hepatitis B and C at sunset. In addition, free hepatitis B and C screenings were offered to the local community at the Adult Immunization Travel Clinic.


Houston, Texas
On Friday, June 17, 9 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the HESS Club, the Foundation and local partners hosted a free summit focused on HPV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and related cancers. Speakers shared the latest facts and best practices for screenings, vaccinations, and/or treatment of these viruses. Panelists included State Representative Sarah Davis (awardee), patient advocates and leading experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Health Department, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services and more! The following day, the Foundation and local partners provided free or low-cost HBV, HCV and HPV screenings and vaccinations to more than 75 people at different locations across the city.

Download Speaker Slides from the events below:

Sean Dade
Building Community Partnerships: Utilizing evidence based strategies to improve HPV coverage rates
Jacquelyn Minter
Improving HPV Immunization Rates: A Mobile Health Approach
Lois Ramondetta
Consequences of the Tragic Underuse of the HPV Vaccine
Saira Khaderi
Hepatitis B: A Preventable Cause of Liver Cancer
Andrea Caracostis
 Free Houston: Creating a Community Coalition
Moises Ilan Nevah
Hepatitis C and Liver Cancer: What’s the Link – Identify, Treat and Prevent
Chymbeelyn Larisma
SHF HCV Initiative

Chicago, Illinois
Join us at The Center in Palos Park on Saturday, June 11 from 9:00am-1:00pm as we offer FREE Hepatitis C Screenings in collaboration with Caring Ambassadors and The Center. Download flyer here.

Contact Kennesha Baldwin ( for more information and/or to register to attend one of our future events.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On May 19, to commemorate National Hepatitis Testing Day, Think About the Link held an event at Philadelphia City Hall in partnership with the Hepatitis B Foundation and Hepatitis C Allies of Philadelphia to highlight the link between viral hepatitis and liver cancer. Download the full agenda. Watch clips from the event:


Interested in partnering with the Think About the Link® campaign in order to plan and host a public outreach event? Contact Kennesha Baldwin, Director of Educational Campaigns.