amazon facebook_32 gplus_32 linkedin_32 pinterest_32 tumblr_32 twitter_32 website_32 youtube_32 email_32 rss_32

MySocialGoodNews is dedicated to sharing news about
social entrepreneurship, impact investing, philanthropy
and corporate social responsibility.

Crowdfunding for Social Good

Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Amida Care and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc. (NBLCA) Host Hepatitis C Testing Event on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day with Support from Bronx Council Member Andy King

Advocates encourage Bronx residents to get screened for Hep C and HIV at The Mall at Bay Plaza

150,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic Hep C, which can cause severe liver disease if left undetected and untreated

Press Release – Bronx, NY — On Wednesday, July 25, Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan; the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA); New York City Council Member Andy King and Deputy Bronx Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden partnered with advocates, local leaders and health care providers at The Mall at Bay Plaza on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day to encourage Bronx residents to get screened for Hepatitis C. Throughout the day, representatives from NBLCA and Brightpoint Health provided free Hepatitis C and HIV screenings, and information was distributed to the public about liver health. Other participants included Dr. Paul Chambliss of Acacia Network and Bishop Nancy Rosario of Church of God’s Children.

“Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic that impacts 150,000 New Yorkers and deeply impacts the African American community. Though Hepatitis C can be treated and cured, many people with Hepatitis C have no symptoms, so it’s crucial to get tested and know your status,” said Stephane Howze, Vice President of Member Experience at Amida Care. “Events like today’s that raise awareness and encourage individuals to get tested, especially in the Bronx, where the rates of liver cancer are the highest in the city, are incredibly important, and we are thankful to our partners for their support.”

“Hep C is twice as prevalent among African Americans as it is among white persons, and two of the four neighborhoods with the highest rates of newly reported Hep C cases are right here in the Bronx. About half of the people with Hep C don’t even know they’re infected because they have no symptoms, which can take decades to appear. That’s why testing is so important,” said C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

“Hep C is a silent epidemic that is affecting the African American community. We want to reaffirm our commitment to educate our brothers, our sisters, our fathers, our neighbors, anyone who is walking, living, and breathing to understand the importance of getting tested,” said Council Member Andy King, whose district includes the Mall at Bay Plaza, where the event was held.

“We know the work of this resource fair is very important. As others have said, Hepatitis C is a silent assault on the body. Symptoms can remain dormant for decades. Knowing your status allows you to get cured,” said Marricka Scott-McFadden, Deputy Bronx Borough President.

“As someone who has been cured of Hepatitis C, I want to encourage everyone to go out and get tested,” said Jackie Johnson, an Amida Care member and Bronx resident. “There is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed. If left untreated, this virus can lead to serious liver damage or even death. I’m living proof that treatment does work!”

“The more people who get treatment, the fewer new infections there will be. If there are fewer people out there with Hepatitis C, there will be fewer people exposed. We need to test and treat,” said Dr. Paul Chambliss of Acacia Network.

“We have a van outside doing testing today, so don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today,” said Bishop Nancy Rosario, Church of God’s Children. “My brother over ten years ago passed away from Hepatitis C. There was no cure then; there is a cure now, so please get tested!”

“A quarter of Americans living with HIV also have Hepatitis C, and liver damage progresses more rapidly in those who are co-infected,” said Terry Leach, Vice President of Pharmacy for Amida Care. “New treatments are incredibly effective and have minimal side effects. At Amida Care we’ve treated over 1,200 members for Hepatitis C, with a 95% cure rate. Knowing your status means you can begin to get the treatment you need immediately, making events like today’s so critical.”

Over 3.5 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage, and the Bronx has the highest liver cancer and mortality rate of any NYC borough. Thankfully, there is a cure, so it’s crucial that those at risk for Hepatitis C are screened so they can begin treatment immediately.

Amida Care Inc. is a not-for-profit health plan that specializes in providing comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions, including HIV and behavioral health disorders, and people who are of transgender experience or homeless (regardless of HIV status). Amida Care has a wide network of health care providers throughout New York City and is the largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) in New York State. For more information, visit www.amidacareny.org.

The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., (NBLCA) is a 501c3, not for profit organization with a mission to educate, mobilize, and empower Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Founded in 1987, and headquartered in New York City, NBLCA is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.


Never miss another article! Join Devin here: http://bit.ly/joindevin.

One Response to Amida Care and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc. (NBLCA) Host Hepatitis C Testing Event on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day with Support from Bronx Council Member Andy King

  • I was diagnosed with hepatitis B six years ago when I became pregnant with my first child. My husband got tested for the virus as well but the results turned out negative. I had no idea how or where I contracted that virus. I had no signs or symptoms before the test. Last year I was getting some burning sensations in both feet and insomnia. I have not had any medications. December 2017 our family doctor started me on Natural Herbal Clinic Hepatitis B Virus Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of insomnia, burning feet, or weakness. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Don't miss any Good News!
Subscribe to news from MySocialGoodNews.com!
* = required field
Content I want:



Find Us On

amazon facebook_32 gplus_32 linkedin_32 pinterest_32 tumblr_32 twitter_32 website_32 youtube_32 email_32 rss_32