SC Member Trudie Jackson Wins NAN Horizon Award 2011

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

Our Steering Committee Member Trudie Jackson of Native Health Tobacco Program was awarded the NAN Horizon Award 2011 by Navajo AIDS Network.

Trudie will be recognized on May 28th in Vanderwagen, NM. There the Navajo AIDS Network, Inc. (NAN) will be acknowledging her outstanding services with the Native Health Tobacco Program. Her service and dedication to HIV/AIDS prevention on the Navajo Nation is a reflection of the courage and unselfishness recognized in her work.

And Trudie truly has done some stunning amazing work. She’s a passionate, recognized advocate of many issues.

Trudie Jackson, Steering Committee member

The Network is extremely proud of her accomplishments which you may remember were also shared recently in cross-post feature of Trudie from the Phoenix Devil. We’re very excited for the work she will doing for the Network.

This honoring will occur during their annual NAN 2011 Native GLBT & Allies Summer Gathering, which is very appropriate. This gathering is when Navajo AIDS Network invites Native LGBTQ people to participate in a drug/alcohol free space to be refreshed physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Attendees can learn new efforts of HIV prevention and health issues relating to the Native LGBTQ community in addition to participating in outdoor activities and entertainment.

Trudie deserves this recognition, and along with NAN, we appreciate her devotion and leadership.

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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