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2018 HFH Hero Awards

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We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Hep Free Hawaii Hero Award goes to both Kenson and Rensely Alik!

We recognize their tireless efforts to increase awareness of hepatitis B within Micronesian communities by using low-threshold, culturally appropriate talk-story sessions. Since 2015, they have coordinated the Micronesian Education for Liver Wellness Program in collaboration with Hep Free Hawaii. Through storytelling and advocacy, they have ensured that the voices of Micronesian and Pacific Island people—especially those affected by hepatitis B—are heard. (Watch their videos on Youtube.)

Their efforts have also earned them recent national recognition, when they received 2018 Hepatitis B Champion awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hep B United, and the Hepatitis B Foundation in August, 2018.

Congratulations, Ken and Ren! We are honored to work with you both!

Micronesian Education

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“We don’t have to let hepatitis take our communities. We can take action."

 

As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May 2015, Hep Free Hawai‘i partnered with local community leaders to re-launch the Micronesian Education for Liver Wellness Program (MELWP). Read press release, or download brochure.

MELWP will use peer educatorsto raise awareness about hepatitis B among Micronesian communities living in Hawai‘i. These free educational “talk story” sessions will hopefully increase conversation and reduce stigma around this deadly disease.

“We don’t have to let hepatitis take our communities. We can take action,” states Kenson Alik, MELWP Director and a hepatitis B survivor. “We hope that MELWP will empower local Micronesian communities to fight back against hepatitis. As someone who has been through it, I know that this is important for the health of our community!”

To participate in MELWP on Oahu, contact Kenson Alik at (808) 783-9756 or kenalik04@yahoo.com.