MPOWERED Making It’s Debut In Atlanta At CDC

Gustavo Torrez
Program Manager
The Network for LGBT Health Equity
MPOWERED: Taking on CDC 

The Network had the pleasure of presenting our MPOWERED: Best and Promising Practices for LGBT Tobacco Control document through a CDC wide Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) hosted Seminar in Atlanta this week.


As many of you know the Network released its MPOWERED Document at the National LGBT Health Equity Summit in coordination of the National Conference on tobacco or health this past August. As the first document of its kind to culminate LGBT best and promising practices in this way we have received and outpour of requests for the document and to-date have disseminated almost 900 copies, not to mention the online downloads. The document brought a value to the field at such a critical moment in tobacco control. While slow, there is still progress in LGBT tobacco control efforts nationally. With tailored programs addressing LGBT communities, and programs searching to include the population this vital resource helps folks to effectively engage the community.  Because of its popularity along with support of our friends within CDC we had the privilege to showcase the document with CDC Staff.

Through the presentation we aimed to increase more efforts CDC wide on LGBT inclusion within all aspects of CDC. With a wide range of folks from CDC in attendance we had the ability to truly elaborate on the MPOWERED model and our process to create the document. Walking away I feel really great that the information presented will be utilized and will help to increase more awareness of LGBT communities and strategies to include the community in their work.

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