Hepatitis C: National Action Day Partnership and Summit

History and Purpose of National African American Hepatitis C ACTION Day.

  • Blacks are twice as likely to have ever been infected with the Hepatitis C virus.Image preview
  • More than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C Virus infection (HCV) are Baby Boomers (people born between 1945 and1965), and most of them don’t know they are infected.
  • Death related to the Hepatitis C virus is almost twice the rate for African Americans compared with White Americans.

In July 2013, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), in partnership with the Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.), and HARM Reduction Coalition co-founded and launched the First Annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day (AAHCAD), a community mobilization initiative aimed at reducing the high incidence of HCV infection in black communities by drawing attention to this neglected health disparity and silent killer, and promoting education, testing, and treatment.

AAHCAD is sponsored by New York State Department of Health; AIDS Institute; NYC Faith Based HIV/AIDS Initiative; Office of Minority Health.

Detailed Information is provided below on the Tuesday July 22nd Brooklyn African American Hepatitis C event, a key happening for minority health.


An Expanding Partnership:

This year, the Arthur Ashe Urban Institute (AAUI) joined with NBLCA In co-sponsoring the Brooklyn Hepatitis C Summit. In keeping with its shared commitment to minority health improvement, Health Power for Minorities LLC (Health Power) – the Google ranked leading source of health information for minorities, worldwide – has joined with NBLCA and AAUI as the digital engine for this, and other community information and mobilization efforts, led by them.

Following are highlights of the Hepatitis C Brooklyn Summit being held in to increase community awareness and mobilization related to combating Hepatitis C.


  Brooklyn African American Hepatitis C Action Day Event


What: Brooklyn Hepatitis C Summit
Purpose: Focus on Combating Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection – A Silent Killer and Epidemic in African American Communities
When: Tuesday July 22, 2014 – 8:30 am -1:30 pm
State University of New York –
Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue – Brooklyn, New York


Key Speakers:

 C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO,  National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA)1

 Ruth Browne, CEO, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health2

 Norma J. Goodwin, M.D., Founder, President and CEO, Health Power for Minorities LLC (Health  Power)3


  1. NBLCA, whose mission is to educate, organize and empower Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS in their communities, is a Founder of National African American Hepatitis C Action Day, and a Brooklyn Summit Co-Sponsor.
  2. Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, which collaborates with community members to design, incubate, and replicate neighborhood-based interventions that address health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities, is a Brooklyn Summit Co-Sponsor.
  3. Health Power, the Google ranked No. 1 source of health information for minorities, worldwide, provides customized multichannel and multimedia authoritative, user-friendly and culturally relevant health information, promotion, and other communication and intervention services for minority/multicultural health improvement. Health Power is serving as the digital engine for minority health efforts of NBLCA and AAIUH.

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Best wishes, and Remember that Knowledge + Action = Power! and

Thanks for your comments/feedback

Norma J. Goodwin, MD

Founder, President & CEO

Health Power for Minorities (Health Power)



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