National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc
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The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., (NBLCA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, with a mission to educate, mobilize, and empower African American leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities.
Whether working on the ground to provide direct assistance to local communities or on a wide scale to produce systemic change, NBLCA mobilizes coordinated responses and launches initiatives that promote public health and disease prevention and influence public health policy. NBLCA and its constituents are on the frontlines, improving access to quality healthcare, treatment, and educational services for vulnerable populations.
NBLCA Campaigns & Programs
- Shame-Free Stops HIV—A public education campaign to spread awareness about how stigma and fear contribute to the spread of HIV infection in the black community.
- National Conversation on Black Men and HIV/AIDS—A collaborative effort to re-energize the dialogue on the epidemic among black men.
- Counseling, Testing, and Referral—A high-impact, innovative, and highly regarded public health initiative aimed at HIV prevention in African American communities and communities of color.
- Community Service Program—Community partners work zone by zone in epidemic hot spots within New York City, providing neighborhoods with the latest and most accurate HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and STI information to raise awareness, increase understanding of risk, and acquire knowledge of HIV status.
- Leadership Mobilization Model—Targets African American leaders across the United States, with the intention of developing a coordinated response among community-based organizations, health departments, and other stakeholders in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic and rise in HCV.
- Many Women, One Voice—A 20-minute video documentary to inspire women to take care of themselves, protect one another, and make a difference in their communities.
NBLCA’s Hepatitis C Initiative works to raise awareness about the significance and impact of biomedical interventions for HCV; educate and empower leaders within the black/African American community with tools to mobilize their communities; and encourage testing and engage policymakers to advance HCV routine testing bills. HCV is a silent epidemic in the United States, with approximately 3 million Americans living with chronic HCV. Most are unaware they are infected.
Working for Hepatitis C Testing Legislation
NBLCA strives to eliminate the existing health disparities in the provision of healthcare and access to services for African Americans and communities of color. As part of the efforts to pass a bill to expand access to HCV testing in New York State, NBLCA worked in collaboration with other AIDS Service Organizations, and a broad-based coalition of civic, community, and faith organizations. On October 23, 2013, Governor Cuomo signed the first Hepatitis C Testing bill into law. NBLCA’s goal is to provide strategies for the expansion of HCV testing in other cities/states to reach at-risk and marginalized populations through education, coalition building, policy analysis, information dissemination, and direct advocacy with policymakers.
National Hepatitis C Education and Awareness Media Campaign
NBLCA’s Hepatitis C Health Promotion Campaign’s goal is to raise the awareness of the significant impact of HCV among blacks/African Americans through multiple information resources to increase literacy about HCV and its symptoms, prevention, treatment, and the importance of effective linkage to care.
National Hepatitis C Training Workshops and Summits
NBLCA will host HCV summits for healthcare practitioners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, community-based organizations, and the general public, with a goal to improve the identification, management, and care of hepatitis patients.
National Hepatitis C Outreach, Testing, and Linkage to Care
NBLCA’s Hepatitis C Outreach, Testing, and Linkage to Care goal is to increase the number of individuals who are tested for HCV; increase the number of individuals who seek treatment for HCV; and reduce the rates of HVC infection in black/African American communities on a national level. NBLCA’s Hepatitis C Outreach partners in multiple cities include local health departments, faith-based and local community-based organizations, and other national nonprofit partners like the American Liver Foundation.
National African American Hepatitis C Action Day 2014
On July 25, 2014, NBLCA commemorated the Second National African American Hepatitis C Action Day. The goal was a “Call to Action” with national partners to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of HCV within black/African American communities and strategies to address this epidemic. A Hepatitis C Action Day Educational Tool Kit was created for community leaders to utilize to mobilize communities to participate in taking action.
CDC and its public health partners joined NBLCA to help promote the day in an effort to educate African Americans about the seriousness of HCV. CDC was instrumental in providing social media support including CDC Facebook posts, Vine videos, tweets from @cdchep, and hosting a CDC NPIN Twitter chat.