Welcome from Minneapolis (Creating Change)

Emilia Dunham, Network Program Associate

by Emilia Dunham

Network Program Associate

Due to another blizzard (just business as usual at this point), I safely flew a day earlier to Minneapolis, MN for Creating Change and arrived mid-day.

With my activities starting tomorrow I just wanted to write a “Welcome from Minneapolis” and introduce some of the exciting things I have the opportunity to be involved with this jam-packed, amazing week.

For this conference I have the honor of representing two fabulous organizations. I of course will be representing The Network, and you will be seeing updates from me throughout the week about workshops and other activities we are involved in.

I also have the distinction of serving as the Chair of NYAC’s Youth Kicks! Committee and will be attending Creating Change with the other committee members. Youth Kicks (or YK!) is a committee of 10 youth/young adults chosen through an application process, working together toward developing a social marketing campaign to lessen the effects of smoking in the LGBTQ Youth community. I am proud to be part of such a talented group of people from across the country who have the potential to make a real difference.

Many of the YK! members will be at Creating Change, and while we are still in beginning stages, this will be the first time many of us will meet. While here, we will be working on a photo campaign to start some awareness raising and connecting folks with us. Come find us at Creating Change (bios and pics are here) or take part wherever you are. We’ll soon have some social media sites starting up.


Be sure to keep up on our blog. We have some fabulous blogging scholars who will be posting frequently on workshops and the conference in general that you’ll want to track. Visit our blog, watch our social media for updates or click our Creating Change 2011 link with all blog entries for this Conference.

Please join me in welcoming our special guest bloggers Dean Anderson, Megan Lee and former staff person Sasha Kaufmann!! You’ll hear from them soon.

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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