Staff/Program Updates

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.

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