This month is we launched our re-branding; we are now LGBT HealthLink. We are busy getting all materials updated with the re-branding and rebuilding our social media followers. With the efforts of our consultant, Michael Bare, and an investment in advertising to boost our educational posts, we’re happy to report we have the following follower stats: Twitter: 724, Facebook: 2038, LinkedIn: 147.

As the Tips From Former Smokers campaign rolls into its last week on the air, we continue our associated social media push. LGBT HealthLink promoted Tips 26 times across social media (twice on Facebook, and 24 times on twitter, and one conversation with links on LinkedIn).The National LGBT Cancer Network promoted Tips 14 times across social media (twice on Facebook, 12 times on twitter).

Staff spent a week in Atlanta for the CDC Cancer meeting. This was our first chance to meet the fifty state cancer reps. We passed out a flyer to all fifty offering our services to help us integrate LGBT people more successfully into their programming.

Scout spent 2 days with Terry & Denise meeting on strategic planning.

We continue to prepare for our Steering Committee meeting in Las Vegas before the coming ED summit.

There are many projects in development right now with graphic designers and consultants. In the coming month expect to see: new brochure, new quit guide brochure, co-branded Tips posters, new state best practices excerpt.

We are happy to announce we’re working with Better World Advertising to relaunch the Cigarettes are My Greatest Enemy Campaign. Look for posters to be out at end of September.

Jessica Halem, our consultant continues to work with community center Executive Directors to create model wellness policies for adoption.

We scholarshipped three people to go to the LGBT Health Research Conference in Ohio, see our blog for great coverage of the event.


Scout was on Huffington Post live and was able to cover a wide range of topics from community center membership to tobacco to bisexuality, see full piece here:

Tiny repost of the WashPost article:


Cancer Network Subcontract:

  • Staff are busy on logistics for the first convening of the Cancer Best Practices advisory group. The meeting will happen directly prior to the Sept CenterLink Executive Director’s Summit in Las Vegas.
  • Staff are developing a short survey for state departments of health to assess their LGBT cancer programming, to be launched in September.
  • The Cancer Network continues to contact LGBT community centers to get uptake and cobranding of the LGBT Cancer Support Groups and Take Care of That Body (TCTB). We now have 7 centers promoting the Support groups and 8 promoting TCTB.
  • Liz provided technical assistance to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to expand their cancer fact sheets to include LGBT people.
  • Liz authored three pieces this month and was interviewed by several media outlets.


1.    Baldwin Wallace Presenting First LGBTI Health Conference with Class

2.    E.Shor Blogging From the LGBTI Health Research Conference

3.    Taking A Breath: First Night at the Conference on LGBTI Health Research

4.    Naming and Claiming Legacy: Day 2 At The Conference On LGBTI Health Research

5.    Intersectionality Redux And Revised: Day 3 At The Conference On LGBTI Health Research

6.    The Master’s House: Day 3 At The Conference On LGBTI Health Research

7.    Black Health: Final Thoughts On Conference On LGBTI Health Research

8.    #BWLGBTI Day 2: Perfect Time, Perfect Place

9.    #BWLBGTI Day 2 Post-Lunch: Revisiting Sexual Health

10. #BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 1: The IOM Report

11. #BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 2: Community-Based Research Is Still Important 

12. Putting The I In LGBTQI

13. Conference Reflections: Challenges In Data Collection

14. Yet Another Life Lost To Smoking

15. Announcing Our New Name – Lgbt Healthlink: The Network For Health Equity

16. Top Goals Of The Tobacco & Cancer Disparity Networks For Coming Year

17. Best And Promising Practices In Cancer In The LGBT Community

18. The Truth Comes Out: More Than A Quarter-Million Youth Who Had Never Smoked A Cigarette Have Used E-Cigarettes

Huffington Post Wellness Roundups for August:

LGBT Wellness News and Research Roundup August 1

LGBT Wellness News and Research Roundup August 8

LGBT Wellness News and Research Roundup August 15

LGBT Wellness News and Research Roundup August 22


The truth comes out: More than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette have used e-cigarettes




A press release from the CDC this week shared the results of a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research:

The data, which comes from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students, show that youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes but who used e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes as those who had never used e-cigarettes.  Among non-smoking youth who had ever used e-cigarettes, 43.9 percent said they intended to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year, compared with 21.5 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes.

Additionally, the American Heart Association released their first policy statement on e-cigs, calling them a “Trojan horse for creating the next generation of smokers and urged e-cig smokers to only turn to them as a last resort”.  The World Health Organization also just released a report “showing that e-cigarettes and similar devices pose threats to public health” and calling for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.

Network July 2014 Update


  • The month started with preparation for the Tips From Former Smokers roll-out on August 7th. The Network presented on three webinars with the CDC OSH media team about how to best collaborate and expand the reach of the new gay/HIV+ target ad (aka Brian ad). One webinar was for the state tobacco programs, another for the state HIV programs, and a third for the national tobacco partners.
  • We also issued a press release about the new HIV/Tobacco emphasis and pitched the story to a variety of media outlets. Twelve media partners covered the story, including GLAAD, LOGO and the Washington Blade.
  • Scout, Daniella and Michael Bare attended the annual Netroots Nations Conference; this is our major training event in online engagement strategies. The LGBT pre-conference is also a chance to relationship build with LGBT media. We learned many valuable lessons and built a working relationship with Upworthy staff.
  • Scout also attended the next Phoenix group meeting midmonth. The Phoenix group is a set of cross-cultural tobacco leaders looking to re-energize tobacco disparity work nationally. We are still developing a workplan.
  • Scout presented on a SAMHSA Webinar on the 16th called “Walkthrough for The Foundations of Culturally Appropriate Integrated Services for LGBT Individuals”. The webinar had over 900 registrants and was hosted by our partner network for behavioral health.
  • After a recent budget approval for our consultant line items, we spent a lot of time this month working with consultants to put long-awaited projects into action. Stay tuned for the August roll-out of many exciting products and plans.
  • Jessica Halem, a past executive director of a lesbian cancer project and one of the new consultants hired, is spearheading 2 projects for us now. She will work with videographers to develop three professional videos documenting parts of our cultural competency trainings. She is also working with some community center leaders to develop a model wellness policy campaign we hope to roll out to all centers this Fall. If any center leaders would like to volunteer to be part of this campaign development, please contact CenterLink.
  • The Michigan LGBT centers who are spearheading the LGBT Wellness Needs Assessment continued to survey their local communities, coming in at the end of the month with 1,050 total surveys.
  • We provided technical assistance to facilitate the Center for Black Equity applying for a CDC wellness grant (REACH awards). Ultimately, they decided the proposal development was beyond their abilities now. One process result was they launched the Wellness needs assessment to their membership, and already have over 300 responses.
  • We chose to let our subcontract with Missouri lapse this month (to make sure we made our CDC budget target). But the local team from PROMO raced forward on getting policy changes in accordance with our technical assistance to them. They have secured LGBT policy changes in several hospital systems in the last few months, a historic level of short-term change. We expect to restart this subcontract by October at latest.



Cancer Network Subcontract

  • July 10th the National LGBT Cancer Network held a Webinar offering CenterLink members a new free resource: Online LGBT Cancer Survivor Support Groups. We worked to develop promotional materials to make adoption as easy as possible. So far three community centers have adopted the online support groups.
  • The Cancer Network continues to follow up with CenterLink members to see who wants to adopt another free resource: an online cancer screening program titled Take Care of That Body (TCTB). Like the support groups, we have customized promotion and outreach materials to make adoption easy. So far five centers have adopted TCTB.
  • The cancer Best and Promising Practices (BPP) planning continues to move forward. An advisory committee has been formed and we’re moving to having them meet in Las Vegas in conjunction with the CenterLink meeting.
  • The Cancer Network ED, Liz Margolies, had several published pieces this month, including: “The Psychosocial Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender Patients With Cancer” in the Journal of Oncology Nursing, and a special issue of Women and Therapy Journal on Women and Cancer she edited. Liz also wrote 2 Huffington Post wellness articles titled “I Did It: I Wrote A Will,” and “I Did It: I Reached Menopause.”
  • The Cancer Network continued to attended conference calls for the California LGBT Cancer Task Force and offer technical assistance.
  • In July the Cancer Network’s staffer, Michael Bare, began to also consult directly for the Network for LGBT Health Equity to improve social media and work on research based products. Michael has also taken over the complete process for the weekly LGBT Wellness RoundUp for Huffington Post Gay Voices.

Huffington Post Wellness Roundups for July:

LGBT Health & Wellness Roundup July 7

LGBT Health & Wellness Roundup July 16

LGBT Health & Wellness Roundup July 21

LGBT Health & Wellness Roundup July 25

Blogging scholarship announcement- LGBTI Health Research Conference, Aug.7-9 2014

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Cleveland, Ohio
August 7th- 9th, 2014
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 5pm EST

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is looking to send three LGBT health researchers or students to participate in, and blog about, The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Health Research Conference Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT) in Cleveland, OH.


The Center for Health Disparities Research and Education (CHDRE) at Baldwin Wallace University is hosting a National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Health Research Conference in conjunction with Cleveland State University, and MetroHealth Medical Center Aug 7-9 prior to the Cleveland+Akron Gay Games.

The conference will be able to provide students, researchers, and community members with opportunities to learn more about LGBTI health research, to network with existing researchers, and learn of opportunities for training in LGBTI health research.

Speakers from the Center for American Progress, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Columbia University, Fenway Institute, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Minnesota, Williams Institute, UCLA, and representatives from Latin America and India among others will discuss strategies to reduce LGBTI health disparities.

Senior staff members from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will discuss the current activities of the NIH LGBTI Research Coordinating Committee and the resources available at NIH to help students, early career researchers, and other interested researchers to develop their careers and funding support for LGBTI health research.

If you are selected to attend the conference you will be asked write a minimum of four posts for the Network blog, use social media to disseminate the posts and your experience at the conference, create video footage that can be uploaded to our social networking sites, and to overall assist us in documenting the conference (and of course, have an amazing time!).

Please note: The scholarship will include travel to/from the conference (including travel to/from Cleveland airport), hotel for the nights of Aug. 7 & 8, and a per diem.


Applications are due by Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by 5pm EST

Applications will only be accepted by email at

Please ensure the subject line reads: Health Research Conference Scholarship

To apply, please email BRIEF responses to the following questions:

1) Briefly describe why you want to go, and what you are hoping to get out of the conference.

2) Briefly describe your involvement and interest in LGBT tobacco and cancer.

3) Please let us know whether you are comfortable posting a minimum of 4 blog entries while at the conference, representing the Network and have your own computer (or other device) with wireless connection.

4) Include where you would be coming from?

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made no later than Friday, July 19th. If you have any questions please contact


June 2014 Updates from the Health Equity and Cancer Networks



June 2014 Update

June was full of huge wins for the Network! The month was kicked off with the release of the results from CenterLink’s 2014 LGBT Community Center Survey Report. The survey, which we worked with CenterLink and MAP to add specific questions around health-programming, was a huge success at providing us with needed data and ideas around the existing policies, and desired programs, of LGBT Community Centers.

Next, Scout was invited to NIH to kick off their year of trans awareness activities. Scout and a new Network guest blogger then headed to Philly to attend The National Trans Health Conference, which is the largest of its kind. We’re hoping to inject even more wellness programming into that conference next year. Scout then took a short detour to Pittsburgh to help with a book on LGBT research and turned in a chapter on LGBT cancer policy for a forthcoming book, then headed to Colorado where he conducted nine consecutive cultural competency trainings for the National Jewish Quitline. This training partnership, spurred by Michigan Department of Health, was only the beginning of more work we’re going to do with that quitline. Read more about the trainings HERE.

Our Needs Assessment continued to pick up steam during June, resulting in 687 completed surveys from the Michigan Centers by the end of the month. Network staff and the Fenway Evaluators held weekly check-in calls with the Centers and closely monitored incoming data to ensure accurate demographic representation. Additionally, the Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12) is currently working on their outreach plan, and will be launching the Needs Assessment in late July.

At the end of June, CDC and the Office of the Surgeon General released a video in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General Report and Pride Month, featuring Scout discussing tobacco in LGBT communities. Read our press release about the video HERE!



June 2014 Update

1) Held a Take Care of That Body Webinar on June 4th

2) Followed up with Webinar attendees and calling Centers (identified with help from Denise) to promote uptake of TCTB programming

3) Working with TCTB materials for centers (paper materials, prescripted text for email, website, social media, etc)

4) Preparing for webinar on LGBT Cancer Survivor Forums

5) Conference Call meetings with Francisco Buchting (consultant) for continuing the Best Practices document processes

6) Conference calls to discuss and final due date for submissions of section for the Summit Action Plan

7) Consulting (TA) with Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, on developing an anal cancer and health program

8) consulting with Susan G. Komen on a plan to provide cultural competence training to their own staff and local cancer screening facility staff.

Network training update- National Jewish Quitline!

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Last week, Dr. Scout flew to Colorado to do trainings at the National Jewish Hospital, home of one of the country’s largest quitlines.

Dr. Scout’s training, titled  “The LGBT Population and Tobacco Use: Creating an LGBT Friendly & Inclusive Environment”, discussed smoking disparities in LGBT populations, how to improve cultural competence and inclusion, data collection, and strategies for targeting LGBT communities.

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LGBT Quitline Strategies:

  • Before they call
  • Understanding access barriers
  • Enhancing welcome at your organization
  • Once they call – creating welcoming environment
  • After they call – extra materials

Evidence of LGBT Avoidance of Quitlines:

“In a rare study in Colorado that looked at intentions of smokers to use quitlines, LGBT people who smoked and wanted to quit were 5x less likely than others to call a quit line.”

The Lessons:

  • While LGBT callers are very likely to experience stressors and triggers related to LGBT status…
  • they are very unlikely to presume the quitline is a welcoming environment to discuss these issues.
  • And hiding their LGBT status can adversely affect treatment.

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Welcome to our new guest blogger, reporting from Philly Trans Health Conference

We are so excited to introduce Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee as our newest guest blogger! Bishop S.F. will be blogging from the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, so stay tuned!

Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee is a Minister/Performing Artist/Community Organizer, and is also the Founder/Chair for Black Gay Pride South Florida. Bishop is currently enjoying devolving his solo show “Bustin’ Hell Wide Open” in which he explores his experiences growing up in the Pentecostal Black Church and the projects of the Bronx and coming out as same gender loving in those environments; and now living as a transgender man.  He makes his home in the South Florida area.

Follow him on twitter at

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