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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 news media pioneer, businessman and community activist. 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.
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 has worked at the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 1987. She is a retired Health Promotion Specialist for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, a position she has held since 1993. She is responsible for developing and implementing special projects directed at vaccine-preventable diseases across the life span, as well as providing related training and education, building public- private partnerships, fundraising, and managing collaborations within the Health Department as related to immunizations. Ms. Zola has had a special focus on hepatitis B prevention in the adult population since 2001. She is a co-founder (2006-present) and lead for the San Francisco Hep B Free imitative. Earlier work with hepatitis B prevention included the creation of the 3 For Life (in partnership with the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University), a one year pilot project providing testing and vaccination two Saturday mornings a month at a local YMCA; implementing StopHep, and ongoing program offering free vaccinations at the gay summer street fairs; and participating in CDC funded Hepatitis B Universal Infant Immunization Demonstration Project (1993- 1996) which led to the recommendation that a birth dose of hep B vaccine be universally implanted nation wide. In 1996 she founded the San Francisco Immunization Coalition (where she continues to serves on the Board), whose mission is to achieve full immunization protection for each child and adult in San Francisco. She served as the director of SRx: Medication Education for Seniors (1987-1993), a collaboration with the UCSF School of Pharmacy and SFDPH, and produced the Senior Theatre Education Project (STEP). Prior to her employment with he Health Department she was an instructor in the Health Education Department of San Francisco State University; health educator for a CA Office of Family Planning funded project entitled “Parenthood After Thirty”.
She has been published in the Journal of Community Health, the American Journal of Health Promotion, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2010 she was the recipient of the first annual Rock in the Pond Award presented by the Campaign for Public Health Foundation in recognition of her leadership in the Hep B Free Campaign. She has led workshops on such diverse topics as “Parenthood After 30,” “Women’s Health Issues,” “Contemporary Sexuality,” “Positive Health”, and presented at dozens of national conferences.
Ms Zola received her Masters of Public Health in Community Health Education from San Jose State University (1978) and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1968).
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!
Genevieve Jopanda, Executive Director
Genevieve is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has been feeding her passion for community advocacy for the past 15 years. Her professional experience includes over 10 years of leadership development and business operations management for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hertz Corporation as South Santa Clara County Regional Manager and Northern California General Manager for Zipcar, Inc. car sharing company.
In 2008, she left corporate negotiations and management to join the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce as its Programs, Events, and Marketing Director working with high profile accounts such as Google, Facebook, IDEO, HP, Stanford, Microsoft, and Tesla.
In 2010, she took the leap into politics and was hired by Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma as a District Representative to serve as a liaison to North San Mateo County and the Asian & Pacific Islander American community with policy focus on High Speed Rail & Transportation, Small Business, Domestic Violence, and Hepatitis B.
She also holds the positions of Filipino American Art’s Exposition’s Pistahan Festival Director, Director, of the Filipino Women’s Network‘s production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, the first all Asian Pacific Islander American cast to help raise money to benefit Domestic Violence Women’s Shelters, advisor to Soulciety.org non-profit organization, Northern California Vice Chair for the Filipino American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Vice Chair for Region 8 of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Founding Member and National Co-Chair of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, and Daly City Park & Recreation Commissioner.