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The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) was founded in 1987 by Debra Frazer-Howze, who led the organization for 21 years as President and CEO.

Building on the strong foundation of NBLCA – the nation’s oldest nonprofit organization of its kind, dedicated to educating, mobilizing and empowering Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS – it has evolved to become a comprehensive advocacy, policy and action organization that addresses multiple health disparities affecting Blacks/African Americans.

In 2019, the organization changed its name to National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health), with an expanded focus that includes not only HIV/AIDS, but also Hepatitis C, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sickle cell, diabetes and mental health. Championing black health through advocacy, policy and action is the main goal of our newly expanded organization.

Black Health’s branding includes a new logo and shifts in key communication elements across our marketing tools.

The new logo is in the tradition of the beloved NBLCA Kente cloth ribbon and wording, positioning the organization as a health entity that continues to fight against HIV/AIDS as well as promote positive health outcomes for Black communities across the United States.

The change comes after an intensive year-long review and research efforts by Black Health’s Board of Directors, staff, partners, funders, external advisors and community focus groups to delve into the health needs of Blacks/African Americans.

The results compelled Black Health to reevaluate its programs and mission to include expanded focused areas and levels of service that address the overall health and well-being of Blacks/African Americans.