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The Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) was formed to promote liver wellness and reduce the incidence of preventable liver-related diseases. Founder and former Chair Thelma King Thiel established the foundation in memory of her son, Dean, who succumbed to a rare liver disease at the age of 4. Since its inception 42 years ago, HFI has become a recognized national leader in the field of professional education and public awareness of liver health and wellness.

HFI has been an advocate for public health, and prevention of liver-
related chronic diseases, including obesity, fatty liver, hepatitis, substance
abuse, and diabetes. HFI’s leaders have regularly met with congressional leaders and frequently testified at congressional hearings. Tools and training provided by HFI have empowered thousands of students, teachers, health professionals; social workers athletes, corporate employees and others to better understand and protect their own health and well-being. 



HFI also has supported research into prevention, treatment, and cures for viral hepatitis. Through a program called Foundation for Decision
Making™, HFI has provided training in promoting liver
health and prevention of blood borne pathogens, substance abuse and other liver related illnesses. An annual series of Viral Hepatitis Summits target mid-level healthcare providers including nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, counselors and medical technicians. Presented in collaboration with Adult Hepatitis Coordinators, the summits are held
in states with a high incidence of viral hepatitis

As the founder of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, Partners in Liver
Wellness and the National Nurses Advisory Council, HFI has collaborated with both public and private agencies including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Over 3,300 SAMHSA grantees have received FDM training in addition to thousands of public health officials, corporate and community leaders in pursuit of its mission. A Tool Kit on Liver Wellness under development addresses the problem of binge drinking and substance abuse among college students is currently being developed filling an identified knowledge gap in liver health information available to this young adult population.

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