Chair: Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH

Vice-Chair: Susannah Amiteye


  • Discuss issues around the diagnosis and treatment of HBV among African immigrants.
  • Engage and further educate healthcare, service, and other providers about the importance of hepatitis B testing, prevention, and timely treatment.
  • Ensure that the African immigrant population is represented in HBV programs regionally and nationally.
  • Create and support infrastructure of “Hepatitis B in African Immigrants Populations” workgroup.

 CHIPO strategies and activities include:

  • Coordinating and conducting awareness and educational presentations and events with and for the community.
  • Sharing relevant topics, research and interventions via presentations, conference calls and webinars
  • promoting the coalition and the work of coalition members, locally and nationwide

The Primary Goals of CHIPO are to:

CHIPO Coalition: CHIPO, meaning “gift” in the Shona language, seeks to promote hepatitis B education and prevention among African immigrants, healthcare providers and organizations serving this community, through raising awareness, developing local and national partnerships, and advocating for increased screening and improved linkage to care services. We currently have over 45 coalition partners around the U.S., dedicated to addressing viral hepatitis in African communities.