The Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) will honor the Chicago State University
College of Pharmacy's student Asian Pharmacists Association for excellence in community
services at its annual fundraising event entitled: "Love your Liver and B a Hero."
This yearly event aims at raising public awareness about the hepatitis B issues in
the Asian community.
Hepatitis B is a serious global health problem that affects Asians disproportionately.
Chronically infected persons are at high risk for cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver
failure all of which kill about 1 million people each year. More than half of the
estimated 1.4 to 2 million people infected with hepatitis B in the U.S. are Asian
American. In fact, Asian Americans are nearly three times more likely to develop liver
cancer than Americans of non-Asian descent.
The Chicago State University College of Pharmacy's Student Asian Pharmacists Association,
under the mentorship of Cindy A. Arocena, PharmD, clinical assistant professor of
pharmacy practice and Abir El-Alfy, MS, PhD, associate professor of pharmaceutical
sciences will be honored along with the Honorable Illinois Secretary of State, Mr.
Jesse White, the Asian Healthcare Association-Midwestern University, and the Hepatitis
B Alliance of Chicago-Northwestern University School of Medicine.
The collaboration with MAHA was initiated and maintained by third-year student pharmacist
Bernice Man, student Asian Pharmacists Association's clinical committee chair, and
Peter Gao, an active member of the organization.
The "Love your Liver and B a Hero" event will take place on November 10 at Cai Restaurant
located in Chinatown from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. MAHA is a non-profit community based organization
with a mission to reduce health disparities in Asian populations.
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