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Chari Cohen

Chari A. Cohen, DrPH, MPH

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901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0174
(215) 923-7583 fax


DrPH, Drexel University
MPH, Temple University
BS, Lafayette College

University Appointments

Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer
Cancer Health Disparities
Asian American and Pacific Islander Health
Healthcare Access
Community-Based Participatory Research


Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation                                                                                    


Dr. Chari Cohen is Director of Public Health for the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) in Doylestown, PA. For the past 15 years, 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 healthcare access. Dr. Cohen is Co-Founder and Director of Hep B United Philadelphia, a coalition and campaign to increase testing, vaccination and linkage to care in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Nationally, she is Chair of CHIPO: Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin. She is also Co-Founder and Adviser to Hep B United, a national coalition in 14 states to address and eliminate hepatitis B. She sits on the steering committee for the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and currently serves as Policy Chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Cohen received her MPH from Temple University and her DrPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University School of Public Health.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Unaccompanied Children at the United States Border, a Human Rights Crisis that can be Addressed with Policy Change
  2. Public Health Response to Hepatitis B Exposure: A Case Study on Gaps and Opportunities to Improve Postexposure Care
  3. Funding needed for cure research to eliminate hepatitis B
  4. Social Media for Hepatitis B Awareness: Young Adult and Community Leader Perspectives
  5. A research agenda for curing chronic hepatitis B virus infection
  6. Research priorities for the discovery of a cure for chronic hepatitis B: Report of a workshop
  7. “Know hepatitis B:” A multilingual communications campaign promoting testing for hepatitis B among Asian Americans and pacific islanders
  8. Hepatitis-Associated liver cancer: Gaps and opportunities to improve care
  9. Data supporting updating estimates of the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B and C in the United States
  10. Prevention of perinatal hepatitis B transmission in Haimen City, China: Results of a community public health initiative
  11. Gateway to Care campaign: A public health initiative to reduce the burden of hepatitis B in Haimen City, China
  12. Hepatitis viruses: Hepatitis B and hepatitis D
  13. Broadening the scope for national database sampling: A critical need
  14. The role of primary care physician assistants in managing chronic hepatitis B
  15. Eradication of hepatitis b: A nationwide community coalition approach to improving vaccination, screening, and linkage to care
  16. Chronic HBV infection outside treatment guidelines: Is treatment needed?
  17. Chronic hepatitis B infection: a workshop consensus statement and algorithm.
  18. Is chronic hepatitis B being undertreated in the United States?
  19. Hepatitis B Virus in the United States
  20. Underestimation of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in the United States of America