Last Updated 8/8/2015



Presenter Biographies

Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy

Results from a Successful Community Program

Viral Hepatitis and Children

Hepatitis B Fact Sheet

Hepatitis C Fact Sheet

California Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Strategic Plan, 2010-2014

IOM Report - Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention & Control of Hepatitis B & C

IOM Report Brief - Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention & Control of Hepatitis B & C

Recommendations for Identification of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection - MMWR

Hepatitis C Hospitalization Costs Trump Original Estimates

Syringe Exchange in California: Policy, Programs and Progress



Useful Links

Asian Liver Center at Stanford University

California Hepatitis Alliance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Costs and Consequences of Viral Hepatitis

Viral Hepatitis - National Recommendations & California's Response


National and State Calls to Address Viral Hepatitis: The Time to Act is Now




May 19, 2010, 1:00 to 3:00 PM 



State Capitol, Room 3191 

Liver cancer and liver disease related to viral hepatitis are among the leading causes of death in California and disproportionately affect Asian and Pacific Islander populations, African Americans, Latinos, LGBT populations, and the poor. Chronic infections from hepatitis B and C affect nearly 1 million Californians. They are the leading causes of liver transplantation in our state. California’s hospitalization costs for liver diseases and cancers related to viral hepatitis totaled over $2 billion in 2007. These infections are preventable and treatments are available; however, many persons at-risk or affected by these conditions are neither tested nor treated. This forum will provide:
  • An overview of the health and economic burdens associated with hepatitis in California
  • Key recommendations for hepatitis prevention and treatment from a 2010 Institute of Medicine report, as well as the major elements of California’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Strategic Plan (from the California Department of Public Health)
  • Highlights from successful community programs serving individuals with hepatitis


  • Assemblymember Fiona Ma, MS, MBA, Speaker pro Tempore

  • Assemblymember Bill Monning, JD, Chair, Health Committee

  • Spencer Baker, Education for Healthy Choices

  • Ted Fang, Asian Week Foundation

  • Paul Harmatz, MD, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

  • Bela Matyas, MD, MPH, California Department of Public Health

  • Michele Peterson, MPH, Center for Health Improvement

  • Samuel So, MD, Asian Liver Center, Stanford University, School of Medicine

The California Health Policy Forum is an initiative of the Center for Health Improvement. Funding is provided by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.

With support from: