April 2011 Network Updates

Staff in Puerto Rico: Gustavo, Emilia & Scout
Network Staff

by Network Staff

As usual the past month has been extremely busy for the Network. This past month the staff have been to 6 states collectively. Our travel started with Gustavo and our Networks SteeringCommittee Chair, Francisco Butching, participating in the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Annual Training.  The Network staff led two state Cultural Competency trainings, first in Pennsylvania led by Gustavo, then later in Iowa presented by Gustavo and Emilia. Both trainings were sponsored by the State Department of Health respectively. In addition to trainings, Emilia represented Fenway and the Network at the National Transgender Health Summit in San Francisco.  From there she reported on comprehensive competent new protocols for healthcare providers to treat transgender clients, what’s being done to include inclusive trans coverage among other current research, treatment and advocacy efforts going on in trans health.

Scout was also busy this month traveling and providing ongoing Technical Assistance in Minnesotafollowed directly by a presentation on


Tobacco and the Sexual & Gender Minority Populations in as a part of theTobacco Research Intensive Research Lecture Series with West Virginia University. Aside from the travel, the Network was pleased to be involved in the promotion of the historic report IOM report. We were pleased to get OpEds placed by Scout and Steering Committee Chair Francisco Buchting. Following this report were recommendations from the Secretary of Health and Human Services on LGBT inclusion across the board which we also advocated for.

Scout also was part of a meeting led by the LGBT Population Center on LGBT intersectionality research, spurred by one of our Steering Committee members Dr. Matthews. Scout presented on current opportunities for LGBT interdisciplinary research, data and advocacy opportunities.

Lastly, in addition to new Twitter and Facebook pages, we are proud to have posted several new youtube videos, developed from the Puerto Rico LGBTT Health Summit back in March.

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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