The mission of the National Black Leadership Commission On AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) is to educate, mobilize and empower black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities.
What We Do
Whether working on the ground to provide direct assistance to local communities, or on a nationwide scale to produce systemic change, NBLCA works with a broad spectrum of community leaders including public officials, clergy, medical providers, and those in business, civic, social policy, and the media, to achieve its mission through the following programs.
Among the programs we provide are:
- Leadership Training Institute
- Community Mobilization Program
- Community Service Program
- Many Women, One Voice
- Peer Advocates and Trainers in Health (PATH)
- Counseling, Testing & Referral
- Hepatitis C Initiative
- National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD)
- Internship Program
Leadership Training Institute
The Leadership Training Institute is comprised of interactive, culturally competent training and educational opportunities for staff, external partners, and community members on capacity building; HIV education and outreach; policy and advocacy; evaluation; and other relevant issues related to working with vulnerable populations. Training’s are conducted both virtually and in-person.
Community Mobilization Program
The Community Mobilization Program seeks to change attitudes and responses related to HIV/STI/HCV prevention through increased counselling, testing, and linkage to care; maximizing participation in health insurance programs; and PrEP/nPEP awareness and education in alignment with the goals of the NYS Ending the Epidemic Blueprint.
Peer Advocates and Trainers in Health (PATH)
In partnership with medical healthcare institutions, the Peer Advocates and Trainers in Health Program provides services to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for women to reduce the acquisition and transmission of HIV through testing, screening for sexually transmitted infections, partner services, and relevant prevention interventions. PATH also aims to reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality through linkage to medical care and essential support services such as behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment services, and housing placement assistance. Funding is made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Counseling, Testing & Referral
The Counseling, Testing, and Referral Program links Community-Based Organizations and Faith-Based Institutions to increase HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C (HCV), and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) education, awareness, testing, referral, and linkage to care among vulnerable populations who are least likely to get tested. NBLCA also offers a wide array of training and capacity-building on topics such as insurance navigation, policy, and advocacy to prevent health disparities and HIV stigma, and to promote health equity in marginalized communities.
Hepatitis C Initiative
The National African American Hepatitis C Action Day, initiated in 2012 and held annually on July 25th, serves to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of Hepatitis C and promote strategies that address the epidemic, testing, and treatment. Through health fairs; community forums about the significance and impact of biomedical interventions for Hepatitis C; medical summits; and social marketing campaigns aimed at the most vulnerable populations, NBLCA is able to educate and empower community leaders with information and tools to mobilize their constituents, encourage testing, and advocate for Hepatitis C Routine Testing Laws.
Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against Aids (PACT)
In partnership with national organizations, NBLCA addresses the high rates of smoking and tobacco use among vulnerable populations who are living with, and or impacted by, HIV. Through a series of outreach activities and educational forums, the program informs and educates communities about the intersectional risk of smoking and living with HIV.
Advocacy & Policy Leadership and Training
NBLCA hosts a series of town hall meetings, legislative briefings, and advocacy trainings to educate local community leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and activists about ending the epidemic in their communities through science, evidence-based research, and the experiences of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Student Internship Program
The Student Internship Program grants undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level students with opportunities to engage in topic-specific projects in alignment with the work of the organization, research, and evaluation. While specifically addressing HIV/HCV/STI and other health disparities, students gain valuable knowledge and develop relevant skills for working with vulnerable populations in communities of color through the implementation of effective prevention and treatment programs.