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Dr. Stuart Fong, M.D. , Chair
Dr. Stuart Fong, M.D. currently works at Chinese Hospital, a community hospital in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Dr. Fong coordinates the Hepatitis B program at the hospital which offers free Hepatitis B screening, low cost vaccinations and patient education programs for the community. Dr. Fong is also the Infection Control Coordinator. In addition, he oversees the Community Partnership outreach awareness program, and Employee Health program.
Dr. Fong is a third generation Chinese American, born at Chinese Hospital. His family’s roots in the community provided Dr. Fong with insights to the Chinese American culture, history, and more importantly the health care issues within the community.
Ted Fang, Vice Chair
Ted Fang is a co-founder of the Hep B Free campaign. He is the Executive Director of the AsianWeek Foundation which also produces the annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, the largest one-day gathering of Asians in America. Fang’s work is to bring community together.
Fang’s background is as a news media pioneer and businessman. He was the first Asian American to serve as Editor and Publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspaper in the United States. Prior to that, he also ran the largest publications printing company in San Francisco and the largest non-daily newspaper in the country.
Fang has a degree in Ethnic Studies and is passionate about community and diversity. He served as chairperson for Mobilization Against AIDS, and as director for the Chinese American Democratic Club and the Bay to Breakers Foundation.
Fang has led The San Francisco Examiner, AsianWeek and the Independent Newspaper Group. He sat on the executive committee of the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association and was a founding director of the California Free Press Association. He was a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association and New American Media.
Fang is a Co-Founder and Steering Committee member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign, the largest collaborative effort ever in the APIA community. Hep B Free seeks to set a national model for overcoming hepatitis B disease. It is a systemwide approach for prevention of this deadly disease.
Dr. Samuel So, M.D. Founding Member
Dr. Samuel So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. He is the founder and director of the non-profit Asian Liver Center. Dr. So is spearheading a multidisciplinary effort with the goal of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide and reduce the threat of liver cancer. In 2008, he founded APAVH (Asia and Pacific Alliance to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis), a new global public-private partnership to strengthen efforts to eliminate hepatitis in Asia. He serves as a special advisor on viral hepatitis to the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region, and is the author of over 150 peer reviewed articles. His current bench research efforts focus on the discovery and evaluation of better diagnostic tests and treatments for liver cancer.
Dr. So served as a member on the Board of Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies from 2006-2012, and a committee member of the 2010 IOM report on Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: a national strategy for the prevention and control of hepatitis B and C. He is listed as one of the best doctors in America. In 2009, the California API Joint Legislative Caucus presented Dr. So with the API Heritage Award for Excellence in Science. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Outstanding American by Choice Award. In 2010, the Asian Liver Center received the CDC and ATSDR Honor Award for mobilizing people and resources in ways that have changed global public health policies related to hepatitis B – saving lives and increasing productivity by reducing stigma.
Caryl Ito, Secretary
Caryl Ito, small business owner in the sales/marketing of children’s toys associated with LorraineBozeman & Associates.
Ms Ito served 9 years under 3 mayoral administrations as President of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women(1989-1998); recently completed serving 12 years as the first Asian American woman on the San Francisco Airport Commission having been appointed by then Mayor Willie L. Brown and reappointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom(1998-2010).
Ms Ito is a founding member of the 32yr old nonprofit Pacific Asian American Women Coaliton of the Bay Area. Currently serves as the Vice President of the San Francisco Japantown Task Force, to preserve the history, cultural and economic vitality of the oldest Japantown in the US.
Ms Ito recently joined the Governance Council of the SF Hep B PreventionCouncil. She has also received a number of awards from the SFBoard of Superivisors, Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Foundation and KQED. Ms Ito has also served as a trustee to the Saint Francis Hospital Board and the SF Urban Planning Association.
Ron Smith, Governance Council Member
Ron Smith, Senior Vice President of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, was an early supporter of the Hep B Free Campaign. Ron works with all San Francisco hospitals to encourage them to continue their strong support of the Hep B Free Campaign. Ron was honored in 2011 at the Hep B Gala for his work with the hospitals.
Ron is active in the San Francisco political community. Before his involvement with the Hospital Council Ron was a political consultant to Dianne Feinstein, Congressmen Tom Campbell, Ed Zschau, Pete McCloskey and Norm Shuman, State Senator Becky Morgan and numerous other San Francisco and state public officials. Ron serves as a Board Member of the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, Patient Management Team, and Building A Healthier San Francisco. He is a graduate of Stanford University.
Francis Tsang, Governance Council Member
Francis Tsang currently serves as the Deputy Press Secretary for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. He was also the Deputy Press Secretary for Mayor Gavin Newsom, and also served in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services as Mayor Newsom’s Liaison for District 3, 4, and the Asian American Community.
Before working at City Hall, Francis worked at the UCSF Medical Center, researching improvement of quality of patient care, and was a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Francis holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Public Health.
Janet Zola, MPH: Founding Member
Janet Zola, MPH, has served as the Health Education Specialist for Communicable Disease Control & Prevention for the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health for over two decades. Her responsibilities included fundraising, creating and implementing special projects, and development of public/private partnerships as ongoing collaborations. After founding the SF Immunization Coalition, her focus on hepatitis B prevention in the adult population lead to the 3 For Life project and co-founding Hep B Free, a nationally recognized model now being replicated in over a dozen communities. Recently retired, she continues to be active in Hep B Free activities and promotion.
Amy E. Pine
A dedicated public health professional, Amy Pine is currently a Program Manager for the Clinical Services Department within the San Francisco Health Plan – ensuring access to quality health care services for San Francisco’s lowest income residents. She has close to twenty years of experience with immunization program management, coalition development and participation, project development, implementation and evaluation. Prior to her current position, she spent close to thirteen years with the San Francisco Department of Public Health where, as the Director of the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit, her passion toward preventing viral hepatitis was solidified. Ms. Pine’s accomplishments include raising over $1.5 million toward disease prevention activities, planning multiple mass immunization clinics (one that resulted in 10,000 shots in one day), and conducting several successful bioterrorism preparedness exercises. Previous employment for Ms. Pine includes working for the Nevada State Health Division, Children Now (a communications, policy and advocacy organization for California children), and the Alameda County Health Department. Ms. Pine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa and has also done international health care consulting. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of California at Los Angeles and she has a Master’s in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Fiona Ma, CPA
I am proud to work with the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign in helping to educate and raise awareness among the general public about this deadly disease. It is through knowledgeabout hepatitis B prevention and treatment that we can stop most liver cancers, which are caused by the Hep B virus.
As a person who has chronic Hep B infection, I know how important it is to know one's status. I encourage everyone to get tested as soon as possible. The hepatitis B virus is known as the "silent killer" because there are often no symptoms. By the time symptoms do show, it is often too late to take advantage of the manytreatment options.
Those who test negative for hepatitis B infection can get a vaccination for lifelong protection. Those who are chronically infected need simple medical check-ups to prevent the Hep B virus from developing into liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. By taking these steps, we can rid San Francisco of hepatitis B. We can set a model for the nation and be an inspiration to efforts around the globe in eradicating Hep B.
It all starts with you. Get screened, vaccinated and treated if necessary. Use the information in this news section to educate yourself about the things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Talk to your family and friends about Hep B and help them to get screened. By working together, we can all be Hep B Heroes and make San Francisco free of hepatitis B!