*CLOSED* Health Advocacy Webinar Thursday: Act Now to Engage LGBT People in Local Community Transformation Grants

 * Update 5/2/11 11:30am EST * We have closed this webinar as we have reached our max capacity. Please email us at lgbthealthequity@gmail.com if you would like a copy of the slides and the recording from todays call. 
Thanks for your continued support, 
Gustavo Torrez
Program Manager
by Emilia Dunham
Program Associate


State & National Groups Collaborate with Network for LGBT Health Equity on Community Transformation Grant TA Webinar

Thursday, June 2nd at 4pm – 5pm EST, the Network staff with Network members from CenterLink, Equality Federation, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health will be jointly co-sponsoring a webinar about an opportunity for organizations to advocate for local LGBT inclusion in a newly announced pot of $100M healthcare reform money, Community Transformation Grants (CTG). Please join us with longtime Network member and co-presenter Dr. Barbara Warren on how to use this opportunity to make sure your local health department(s) include LGBT people in their strategic planning and proposal writing.

Background: The Broken Record “Include LGBTs In All Your Health Funding”

About a week ago CDC announced the long-awaited applications for the Community Transformation Grants. CTGs are authorized under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 for state and local governmental agencies, tribes and territories, and national and community-based organizations. These grants offer $102 million new dollars for health prevention to spread across the U.S. We worked with the allied national networks consortium to deliver our Joint Policy Statement on How to Include Disparate Populations in Health Funding Awards directly to the people developing the CTG language. They loved the line-by-line suggestions and we see many of them incorporated into their Request for Applications, which really strengthened the disparity focus in this funding stream. But we are a less pleased with the LGBT integration, you can read more about that here. But… the feds have committed to engaging local LGBT groups in Community Transformation Grants… so this call will teach local groups what steps you can take to make sure LGBT people (and maybe your group?) are including in your region. Local health departments are writing their proposals for these funds right now, so it’s important we all advocate for LGBT inclusion quickly.


What: Health Advocacy Webinar: LGBT Engagement in Local Community Transformation Grants

When: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 at 4pm – 5pm EST

Where: **** CLOSED***Please RSVP online to register and we’ll send you call information the morning of the call. If you issues registering, please email: lgbthealthequity@gmail.com.

Who should register: LGBT groups interested in making sure this funding serves LGBT locally


  • Overview of this Opportunity & Goals for the Funding – Dr. Scout
  • How to advocate for LGBT inclusion – Dr. Scout
  • Who to advocate with for LGBT inclusion – Dr. Scout
  • Other coming funding opportunities – Dr. Barbara Warren
  • Comments from CenterLink & Equality Federation & Coalition for LGBT Health staff
Questions? Ask them here or email lgbthealthequity@gmail.com.

More on the CTGs:

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan on submitting a proposal letters of intent, they are due June 6, 2011.

To see the application, whether you’re eligible, and how to apply, visit their website:  http://www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.

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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