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.
- 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
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
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Norma J. Goodwin, MD
Founder, President & CEO
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