Imagine my excitement when the individual local grassroots hep B campaigns from around the U.S. came together and decided to form a national coalition—Hep B United (the Philadelphia campaign becomes Hep B United Philadelphia). Having a formal national coalition will help local campaigns to become more versatile and more effective, both collectively and individually… they will be able to work with federal and national partners without losing touch with the local campaigns. A unified national presence and identity will also strengthen the ongoing advocacy work to raise awareness among policy makers… Ultimately, all of these benefits will help us better serve our communities.
Daniel Chen from the Hepatitis B Foundation has written a great blog post announcing that the local Hep B Free campaign has changed its name to Hep B United Philadelphia. This will bring hep B coalitions across the country together under a united network. We look forward to seeing what exciting work can be accomplished with our national partners!