Isha Weerasinghe, MSc
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
Isha Weerasinghe is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Association for Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). As part of her work, Isha works with local and national partners within and outside the AAPCHO network to help ensure that hepatitis B is a national priority, working with fellow viral hepatitis and other AA&NHOPI-focused advocates, policymakers, and other partners. Isha is also an active member of Hep B United, a national coalition of members working to address hepatitis B issues in awareness, screening, vaccination, and linkage-to-care. Prior to joining AAPCHO, she worked at New York University’s B Free CEED: National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities. B Free CEED was funded by the CDC to use community-based participatory research to increase hepatitis B screening levels and decrease stigma in Korean and Chinese communities in New York City. Isha was also recently elected as the Vice Chair of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Additionally, Isha provided technical assistance to B Free CEED-supported programs addressing hepatitis B in AA&NHOPIs in other geographic areas across the U.S. She has also worked for The Belaku Trust, a small NGO in Bangalore, India focused on women’s empowerment and health research, in comparative effectiveness and outcomes research for Pfizer, Inc., and for the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute.