NBLCA

Hepatitis C Testing Event, The Mall at Bay Plaza, Bronx NY

Media Advisory

Shakira Croce (Amida Care), 646-757-7052, scroce@amidacareny.org

Wed., July 25: Amida Care, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), NYC Council Member Andy King Host Hepatitis C Testing Event on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

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

WHAT:            Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan; the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA); and New York City Council Member Andy King will be joined by advocates and health care providers on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day to encourage Bronx residents to get screened for Hepatitis C. Throughout the day, representatives from NBLCA will be providing FREE Hepatitis C screenings, and health care providers will be on site with information and resources for the public about liver health.

Over 3.5 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C, including 150,000 New Yorkers, and about half do not know they’re infected. Hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage, and the Bronx has the highest liver cancer and mortality rate of any NYC borough. In the U.S., Hepatitis C is twice as prevalent among African Americans as among whites. Thankfully, there is a cure, so it’s crucial that those at risk for Hepatitis C are screened so they can begin treatment immediately.

WHO:             

C. Virginia Fields, President & CEO, NBLCA
Stephane Howze, Vice President of Member Experience, Amida Care
New York City Council Member Andy King
Marricka Scott-McFadden, Deputy Bronx Borough President
Bishop Nancy Rosario, Church of God’s Children
Jackie Johnson, Amida Care Member
Dr. Paul Chambliss, Acacia Network

WHEN:            Wednesday, July 25

Hepatitis C screenings for the public from 11AM-4PM
Press conference from 2PM-3PM

WHERE:         The Mall at Bay Plaza, 200 Baychester Ave, Bronx, First floor (near H&M)

CONTACT:     Email scroce@amidacareny.org

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.

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