Saving Lives with Stories: Lessons Learned from Med & Public Health Student Founded Hepatitis B Initiative
November 14, 2020
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association invited Leslie Hsu Oh, the founder of the Hepatitis B Initiative, to speak at their annual National Conference on Hepatitis B & C. She spoke about the power of stories in saving lives, especially in stigmatized diseases like hepatitis B. Her personal story about losing her mother and brother to hepatitis B before she turned 21 inspired the founding of the Hepatitis B Initiative in 1996. Today, the Hepatitis B Initiative provides hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, BMI, glucose, and cholesterol screenings to individuals from 78 different countries of origin. In this talk, Leslie will provide an overview of research studies showing how narrative stories are effective in changing health behaviors or reducing disparities. At the end, she’ll read an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress so you can get an idea of what she thinks is the most effective way of motivating folks to protect themselves from a stigmatized disease like hepatitis B.