Quitlines Serving Youth: A BrownBag Webinar by Oasis Youth Center

Join us for a Network BrownBag Webinar on October 13th, 3pm EST called “Quitlines Serving Youth: A BrownBag Webinar by Pierce County AIDS Foundation” which will be led by Oasis Director Seth Kirby. Seth will lead a discussion on quitlines serving youth by introducing his successful Queers Kick Ash program in Tacoma, WA.

How it started:
It was a dark and stormy night in Tacoma, WA. Oasis youth members picked up a copy of the Advocate and found an article with the story of a group of youth who had been kicked out of school for wearing anti-tobacco t-shirts. The article featured the tobacco cessation program, Queers Kick Ash, started at The Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

With funding, an Oasis representative traveled from Washington to Salt Lake City to learn more about the Queers Kick Ash program. Back in Tacoma, Oasis staff and youth developed a comprehensive LGBT youth-specific curriculum, combining Queers Kick Ash’s curriculum and Emily Brucker’s Out and Free: Sexual Minorities and Tobacco Addiction, along with several other models.

About Queers Kick Ash:
Queers Kick Ash incorporates group and individual-level interventions and includes a media literacy component, along with a support group for youth members who use tobacco. The peer-led five-session series focuses on the root causes of tobacco use among LGBTQ youth. In addition to developing a comprehensive program, other adaptations included: pledge cards used at an annual “Last Drag” dance; a youth contest to design an Oasis Queers Kick Ash t-shirt for participants; tobacco specific questions on Oasis intake forms; and vouchers for free medical intervention for tobacco cessation.

About Oasis:
Oasis is a confidential drop-in, resource and support center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14-24 and is located in Tacoma, WA. Oasis saves individual lives, builds community, and develops young leaders who can change the world. Oasis is a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning and action. More information is online at www.oasisyouthcenter.org and Facebook.
This Webinar will take place on October 13th at 3pm EST. Please register at this link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22B9QFBAA7X


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**Edit: If you missed the webinar, the audio recording of the BrownBag is available here: Quitlines Serving Youth Audio Recording

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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