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Thelma King Thiel, RN, BA

Thelma King Thiel, RN, BA has dedicated her life to promoting liver health for the past 47 years since the loss of her infant son Dean to biliary atresia. Ms. Thiel has served as the CEO of both the American Liver Foundation and the Hepatitis Foundation International for a total of 35 years, and has trained thousands of healthcare providers about liver health. Ms. Thiel recently came out of retirement to organize the Liver Health Initiative, to fill the enormous liver health knowledge gap and empower individuals to understand why and how to protect their miraculous life sustaining liver. Promoting primary prevention through liver health education is Ms. Thiel's ultimate goal.
Seniors are at increased risk of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Prevention and early detection of potential infection are critical to avoiding long-term impact.
Liver health education seems to be absent from the final draft of the National Academy of Science's Strategy for Eliminating Viral Hepatitis B & C.
Elimination of viral hepatitis depends on individuals actively participating in their own healthcare and management. They can only do this if they understand why and how to protect their miraculous, life-sustaining liver from harm. Education is the key to prevention.
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