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

 

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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.

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

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 BLOGGING SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT- LGBTI Health Research Conference 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
August 7th- 9th, 2014
 
APPLICATIONS DUE BY:
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.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

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

Applications will only be accepted by email at healthequity@lgbtcenters.org

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 daniella@lgbtcenters.org

 

June 2014 Updates from the Health Equity and Cancer Networks

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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!

 

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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 www.twitter.com/TheBishopTweets

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PRESS RELEASE: 2014 LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER SURVEY REPORT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With Significant Revenue Growth and Innovative Programs, LGBT Community Centers Serve Over 1.9 Million People Annually

Denver, CO & Ft. Lauderdale, FL; June 10, 2014 —Providing vital services to more than 1.9 million people annually, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community centers reported increased revenue for 2013, allowing them to develop innovative new programs to serve youth, homeless populations, and transgender populations, according to an extensive report released today.

Authored by CenterLink and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the 2014 LGBT Community Center Survey Report: Assessing the Capacity and Programs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers, surveyed 111 LGBT community centers from 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Both large and small centers reported increased revenue, for combined revenue of $138.1 million, but the biggest concerns emerging from the survey data are the challenges facing small LGBT community centers. Smaller centers, often operating in locations and communities that are least accepting of LGBT people, struggle with a chronic lack of resources and paid staff; two in three small centers rely entirely on volunteers.​  These and other report findings are summarized below.

CLIENTS & DIVERSITY

  • Participating LGBT centers serve over 37,900 individuals in a typical week and refer over 9,900 individuals to other agencies for services and assistance.
  • LGBT community center patrons are disproportionately male, people of color, transgender, and/or low income.
  • LGBT community center clientele is diverse, and community centers often offer tailored programming: 90% of LGBT community centers offer specific programming for LGBT youth, 82% for transgender people, 61% for LGBT older adults, and 48% for LGBT people of color.

“We are a small center with one part-time employee and a lot of dedicated volunteers, and we work daily to improve the quality of life for the LGBTQ and ally populations of our region,” said Jackson Jantzen, Executive Director of the 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. “In rural and less populated regions, centers like ours are a lifeline for the community and without us, people would be very isolated and without important resources. Maintaining stable funding sources and reaching isolated community members with limited means is a continual challenge.”

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

In many regions, local LGBT centers are the only organizations serving the LGBT community, offering a variety of much-needed resources including:

  • Physical and Mental Health Programs: Large centers spent approximately 19% of their 2013 budgets on physical health programs and 17% on mental health programs, including general health and wellness programs, medical and pharmacy services, STD/HIV prevention and treatment, counseling, and facilitated support groups.
  • Information, Education and Computer Programs: 20% of community center budgets goes to information and education programming, including referrals to LGBT businesses, speakers’ bureaus, employment training/counseling, or in-house libraries. Many LGBT community centers (78%) also provide patrons with computer resources.
  • Social and Recreational Programs: LGBT community centers offer a range opportunities for patrons, including parties and dances, social groups for targeted populations, summer camps for LGBT youth, and sports leagues.
  • Arts and cultural programs: Centers often offer arts and cultural programming, such as gallery space and film screenings.
  • Community Outreach and Civic Engagement: LGBT community centers target community outreach to the general public, to schools and healthcare providers, and to policymakers in their communities, among other populations.

“At The LGBT Community Center in New York City, we’re especially excited about our new service learning projects like ROAR (Responsibility, Opportunity, Action and Results),” said Glennda Testone, The Center’s Executive Director. “We’re helping young people build workforce skills, while building their confidence to organize and take action on important community issues. It has been incredible to witness our youth grow and develop through ROAR.”

STAFFING & REVENUES

  • Revenue Growth. Both large and small LGBT centers reported revenues increases from 2012 to 2013; small centers experienced a 20% increase in revenues from 2012 to 2013, compared to a 12% increase for large centers.
  • Revenue Sources. Fifty percent of 2013 revenues of large centers were from government grants, followed by 18% from individual donors and 8% from fundraising events. Foundation funding was only 12% of center revenue.
  • Staff. Despite the increase in average center revenue, many centers still struggle with a lack of funding and resources; 21% of all surveyed centers have no staffand rely solely on volunteers; and 57% have five or fewer paid staff. Almost half of center staff (49%) identify as people of color.

Given the critical role of LGBT community centers in areas of the country with few other resources for LGBT people, small centers in particular are in critical need of additional financial support.

“The first few months we were open, people would show up and break into tears. They could not believe there was a new center in downtown Oceanside, a few hundred feet away from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base,” said Max Disposti, Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in California. “People would come in and share their stories, of when you could get beat up in the streets for being LGBT. Just five years ago, North San Diego County was not the place to be if you were LGBT. There is still so much work to do, but at least now we are more visible, more understood and respected. We are here to stay.”

 

The full report is available online at www.lgbtmap.org and www.lgbtcenters.org.

 

About the Authors
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. A fundamental goal of CenterLink’s work is to help build the capacity of these centers to address the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of LGBT community members across the country. Now in its 20th year, CenterLink has played an important role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources and engage their regional communities in the grassroots social justice movement. www.lgbtcenters.org.

Launched in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent, intellectual resource for the LGBT movement. MAP’s mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed full equality for LGBT people. Learn more at www.lgbtmap.org.

 

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To download the full report CLICK HERE!

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN…and win prizes!

Our very own Dr. Scout may be coming to a town near you! Dr. Scout will be out and about over the next few months; leading cultural competency trainings in many states, speaking on an all Trans pride panel, in Philly at the Trans Health Conference , co-writing an LGBT Health Research Textbook, at the Netroots Nation Conference and many other places.

So, over the next few months, if you happen to see Dr. Scout, take a picture with him and post it to your (and your organization’s) Twitter and Facebook page! And, when you post your picture, we will send you a free gift!

Here are the rules:

  1. Take the perfect selfie with Dr. Scout
  2. Post the picture to Facebook and/or Twitter
    1. If you are posting to Facebook make sure to tag us (@The Network for LGBT Health Equity) in your post.
    2. If you are posting on Twitter make sure to tag us in your Tweet (@lgbthlthequity)
    3. Also please use the #’s:
      1. #LGBTHEALTHEQUITY
      2. #CATCHMEIFYOUCAN
  1. Once you have posted we will send you a direct message (Twitter) or message (Facebook) to get your mailing information and send you some sweet swag!

 

Now that you have your rules, here’s the list of events to catch Dr.Scout:

June 10: DC to NIH speaking on a pride panel

June 12-13: Philly for TransCon

June 14-15: Pittsburgh Author Meeting on LGBT Health Research Textbook

June 16-20: Denver – National Jewish Hospital for quit line staff

July 10-14: San Diego Phoenix Group cross-disparities meeting

July 15-20: Detroit for Netroots Nation Conference 2014

July TBD: St. Louis

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

Congrats To Two of Our Winners Charles and Kira

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Here are some examples of the swag we will send you!)

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