As many of you know last month we released our much anticipated MPOWERED: Best and Promising Practices for LGBT Tobacco Prevention and Control Document. The document, which we are extremely proud to have developed is just one piece in a larger missions outlined by our current administration.
President Obama has demonstrated a vision for greater equality for LGBT communities across the country. In doing so, HHS continues to engage in a concerted effort to improve the health and well-being of all Americans, including LGBT people. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had led these efforts to promote equal treatment of LGBT communities, provide enhanced resources for LGBT health issues, and develop better information regarding LGBT health needs. Over the past couple years we have seen some major advances, and as we move forward we take much pride in our current administration’s commitment to addressing LGBT health equity globally. This document is one part of this larger picture, looking at best and promising practices in order to better address tobacco prevention and control within LGBT communities. Our Network is committed to advocating for, and working alongside, Secretary Sebelius, Dr. Howard Koh, as well as many others, in the advancement of LGBT health equity at HHS.
As noted in my previous blog this is the first document of this kind to culminate the work around disparities in LGBT tobacco prevention and control. The creation of MPOWERED was a rigorous process and our goals were two-fold; to create a valuable document for the tobacco control community, and to develop a process with scientific backing for the development of future documents of this kind.
To date we have disseminated over 500 hard copies to folks across the country and we pleased to hear all of the great feedback that has come from the field. We would not have been able to have such an amazing resource if it was not for all of the folks who provided feedback, and resources to assist in the development of this document. In addition, I want to take a moment to thank once again our dedicated committee of eight (Network staff and Steering Committee members) who worked many hours to ensure the document came to life. We would not have been able to do this with out them.
Francisco O. Buchting, PhD | ETR Associates | San Francisco, CA
William L. Furmanski | Legacy | Washington, DC
Joseph G. L. Lee, MPH, CPH | University of North Carolina | Chapel Hill, NC
Phoenix A. K. Matthews, PhD | University of Illinois | Chicago, IL
Daniella Matthews-Trigg | The Network for LGBT Health Equity | Boston, MA
Scout, PhD | The Network for LGBT Health Equity | Boston, MA
Jamie Tam, MPH | University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI
Gustavo Torrez | The Network for LGBT Health Equity | Boston, MA