2nd Annual AA Hep. C Action Day In Harlem

July 22, 2014

hepititus c in harlemIn support of National African American Hepatitis C Action Day, a coalition of community healthcare organizations are hosting a Hepatitis C Community Health Fair in Harlem. BOOM!Health will be offering free, rapid Hepatitis C testing using OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick® HCV Rapid Test. Guidance and resources will also be available.

Related: Debra Fraser-Howze, Director of Government and External Affairs of OraSure Technologies on The Danny Tisdale Show HW Podcast >>>

The coalition includes the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), Coalition On Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.), Harm Reduction Coalition, BOOM!Health and OraSure Technologies, Inc.

Did you know…?

  • It is estimated that 1 in 30 Baby Boomers (adults born between 1945 and 1965) have chronic hepatitis C (CDC)
  • Up to 75% of the people infected with HCV are unaware of their infection
  • Hepatitis C continues to affect African Americans at a higher rate, compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
  • Read more about this in the National Medical Association Paper, “Hepatitis C: A Crisis in the African American Community” <http://www.nmanet.org/images/pdfs/nma_hepatitis_c_consensus_panel_report_2013.pdf>

C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

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Joan A. Culpepper-Morgan, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Harlem Hospital Center
Gloria Searson, President, Coalition On Positive Health Empowerment
Daniel Raymond, Policy Director, Harm Reduction Coalition

American Liver Foundation
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Health & Human Services Office of
Minority Health
New York City Community Trust
New York State Department of Health
AIDS Institute
New York City Council Faith Based
HIV/AIDS Initiative

Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Adam Clayton Powell State Bldg Plaza – 163 W. 125th Street, Harlem, NY

Additionally, in support of the awareness day, Hadiyah Charles, will be honored at an invitation-only breakfast forum, “Sound the Alarm: Hepatitis C and Its Impact on the Black Community <http://www.nblca.org/events/nblcas-hepatitis-c-breakfast-forum-invitation-only/%3E> .” Moderated by NBLCA, the forum is intended as a call to action for community stakeholders and health care professionals throughout the city’s five boroughs to combat Hepatitis C. It takes place at 8:30 AM at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

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