Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hepatitis B Foundation co-founder honored for advocacy

Hepatitis B Foundation co-founder honored for advocacy

By Crissa Shoemaker DeBree Staff writer

 For more than two decades, the Hepatitis B Foundation has fought to find a cure for the liver disease and advocate for those who have it.  
What started as a grass-roots effort of four passionate people has grown into one of the leading nonprofit research and disease advocacy organizations in the United States. 
“We are the voice for hepatitis B in the United States,” said co-founder and executive director Joan Block. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but we’ve accomplished a lot in the past 23 years.” 
Earlier this year, the foundation’s mission got a boost when the U.S. Department of Justice said hepatitis B patients are protected under federal disability law in a case brought by the foundation against a New Jersey medical school on behalf of two students who were denied admission because they had the disease...

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