Issues

Health & Wellness

 

NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully-empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, class, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the Black LGBTQ/SGL community, this vision is far from ensured. NBJC’s work includes protecting and expanding critical investments in resources for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and advancing studies of health disparities like cancer that impact Black LGBTQ/SGL people disproportionately. In addition, the sustainable health and wellness of our communities includes the ability to gain equal access to the ballot box and our nation to implement humane immigration policies. 

Active Legislation before the 115th Congress  
  • HR 1173/S 448 Medicare Mental Health Access Act

  • HR 2498/S 1143 Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act

  • HR 3273/S 1570 the LGBT Data Inclusion Act.

  • HR 3602/S 1653 Real Education for Healthy Youth Act

  • HR 2978/S 1419 Voting Rights Advancement Act (Advancement Act)

  • HR 3440/S 1615 Dream Act of 2017

 
Legislation or other Government Actions to Advance Priority
  • Halt efforts to repeal the ACA and invest in culturally competent health and wellness programs that promote preventative health care, expand resources and programs to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and invest in research that addresses disparities among minority populations to improve the collective health for our nation. 

In 2018, NBJC will focus on the following major projects under the initiative:

Anchor Sponsor & Renewal Funding: Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)

NBJC launched its Black LGBT Health and Wellness Initiative in December of 2014 with anchor support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to address the current health crises and disparities that impact the black LGBT populace—including the HIV epidemic. With increased support for 2016, NBJC will expand the initiative with a health and wellness tour focused on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to engage students, administrators and healthcare providers on these campuses on issues impacting black LGBT people. In addition, EJAF support will help expand the 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch Campaign and provide key support to NBJC conferences, including OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit, Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day, and Creating Change: The Black Institute—to facilitate programming that brings attention to HIV and showcases efforts to end the epidemic.
 

PrEPing Our Future HBCU Tour: Gilead Sciences

HBCUs represent one of the largest collective populations of back people in the country—with more than 300,000 black students in the HBCU system. HBCUs are a critical place for the awareness and expansion of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP—a method of providing another layer of protection to those who are at-risk for HIV and has proven to dramatically reduce new HIV infections. Black gay/bisexual men and transgender women continue to be the most impacted demographic in the domestic HIV epidemic. As HBCUs provide education to a vast number of this population, it is essential that they have the knowledge and access to tools like PrEP to combat the epidemic. In 2016, NBJC will collaborate with NAESM, Inc. and travel to HBCUs in Washington, DC, and five southern states—Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas—in order to educate students, administrators and health care providers about PrEP as a tool to fight HIV in the black community. Other campuses and demographics of the black community will be educated by instituting an interactive PrEP education social media campaign. Both NBJC and NAESM will use their national conferences to also incorporate PrEP education opportunities for community leaders in order to replicate and be innovative in the development of their PrEP community outreach and education efforts.

 

PACT: Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS

NBJC will utilize its established national reach through its social media platforms, grassroots networks and collaborative partnerships in order to support the CDC’s new program, PACT: Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS, to disseminate HIV prevention messaging and communication within Black communities—particularly among gay/bisexual men and transgender women. NBJC’s efforts will support the implementation of High-Impact Prevention (HIP) that advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and maximize the effectiveness and reach of CDC’s Act against AIDS campaigns and other HIV prevention messaging.