# Choose healthy life
Black History Month | We Honor Debra Fraser-Howze
As Black History Month comes to a close, we celebrate East Stroudsburg resident Ms. Debra Fraser-Howze. M.P.A. She is a renowned pioneer of health advocacy services for the Black Community. Ms. Fraser-Howze founded the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA). She brought attention to communities in need. She advocated, "you need to know your status" related to the HIV epidemic. She served as Presidential Advisor for both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from 1995 to 2001. In 2003, Ms. Fraser-Howze was appointed to the New York City Commission on AIDS and in 2007 to the New York State Governors Health Advisory Council. She served as the Vice-Chair of the HIV Human Services Planning Council in New York City. In 2009, she received the National Medical Association's (NMA) highest honor - The Scroll of Merit. Working with community leaders and lawmakers, Ms. Fraser-Howze ensured communities of color would have resources for teen pregnancy, social welfare, HIV and AIDS.