National African American Hepatitis C Action Day 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.07.55 PMHepatitis C is a serious and often deadly health disparity in black communities throughout the nation:

  • Blacks are twice as likely to have ever been infected with the Hepatitis C virus.
  • More than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are Baby Boomers (people born between 1945 and1965). Baby Boomers are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C, and most of them don’t know they are infected.
  • Death related to the Hepatitis C virus is almost double the rate for black Americans compared with non-Hispanic white Americans.

On July 25, 2013, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), in partnership with HARM Reduction Coalition and the Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.), launched the First Annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day, 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 promoting education, testing, and treatment. Many hundreds of people in communities of color were encouraged to visit testing centers and be screened for HCV infection—a silent killer that, if left undetected, can lead to life-threatening liver disease, including liver cancer.

In preparation for the Second Annual African American Hepatitis C Action Day, co-sponsored by NBLCA and C.O.P.E., we are asking your organization to support the day by agreeing to host activities in your City on or leading up to July 25, 2014.

  • One-day Summits – targeting healthcare practitioners, nurses, physicians, pharmacist, public health professionals, social workers and counselors
  • Public Policy Town Hall meetings – to inform community stakeholders and policy makers of the impact of Hepatitis C within the African-American Community
  • HCV Health Literacy – workshops and trainings to educate the community on the impact of Hepatitis C
  • Outreach & Testing events- to as many African-Americans tested for Hep C and if positive linked to care and treatment
  • July 25, 2014 – Second Annual African American Hepatitis-C Awareness Action Day

Your organization’s participation will help to ensure the success and impact of this critically important campaign—namely, increased Hepatitis C awareness, increased Hepatitis C testing, increased access to treatment for individuals infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and, ultimately, a decrease in the number of people infected with HCV.

Please contact Rick-Anthony Richards at rarichards@nblca.org or 212.614.0023 ext. 108 about participating. We look forward to collaborating with you on this effort. Together, we can help our communities get educated, get tested, and get the word out about HCV.