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Hepatitis B Foundation promotes long-time employee


The Hepatitis B Foundation, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Doylestown, PA, has promoted Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH, to senior vice president.

In her new position, Dr. Cohen will be responsible for the overall direction and management of all HBF Programs.

This includes adding the Foundation’s advocacy and public policy strategy to her portfolio, in addition to her responsibilities for building and expanding programs designed to promote disease awareness, eliminate stigma and discrimination and support screening and linkage to care efforts, improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide.

“Dr. Cohen has dedicated her career to addressing the global problem of hepatitis B – the world’s most serious and common liver infection,” said Timothy Block, PhD, president of the Hepatitis B Foundation....

“She will continue the legacy of the work of Joan Block, Dr. Thomas London, and before him, Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who helped establish our programs. Those are big shoes to fill, but she has already done this admirably, and the HBF programs continue to be at the forefront in the U.S.”

Dr. Cohen has been with the Hepatitis B Foundation for 19 years, during which she has planned, implemented and evaluated community programs and research projects focusing on hepatitis B and liver cancer. Her research focuses on reducing hepatitis B related health disparities, including developing culturally competent models for improving health care access.

Dr. Cohen is co-founder and director of Hep B United Philadelphia, chair of CHIPO: Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin, co-chair of Hep B United, and sits on the steering committee for the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

She is also Associate Professor at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, and serves as adjunct faculty for Jefferson School of Population Health, and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Dr. Cohen received her MPH from Temple University and her DrPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health.

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