JOE ROBACH JOINS ROCHESTER CHAPTER OF NATIONAL BLACK LEADERSHIP COMMISSION ON AIDS TO TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HEPATITIS C

Last week, Rochester Senator Joe Robach joined members of the Rochester chapter of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to help launch a campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in our community. The NLBCA’s campaign is seeking to improve testing and provide a better linkage to care for those who test positive.

Joe Robach Hepatitis CThe National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. NBLCA works with a broad spectrum of community leaders, including clergy, public officials, medical practitioners, and those in business, civic, social policy, and the media to achieve its mission. NBLCA has established affiliates in cities throughout the United States where African American communities are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, including New York City, Nassau County, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

According to NBLCA they:

• Create new funding and programs targeting African American and other communities of color and redirect existing funding and programs to those communities.
• The capacity to mobilize African American professionals from a variety of professions, including medicine, media, business, government, and clergy.
• Our regional affiliates are guided by and gain their credibility from the established clergy.
• The capacity to produce policy and research on a wide range of medical, religious, and legal issues related to HIV/AIDS and African American and other communities of color.
• Through our unique Leadership Mobilization Model (LMM), we deliver technical assistance and capacity building to community- and faith-based organizations and local health departments to empower them to deliver effective services.

For more information visit http://www.nblca.org/