Gustavo Torrez Program Manager The Network for LGBT Health Equity
Good afternoon from Creating Change 2013 in Atlanta, GA. The Network is pleased to participate in another Creating Change Conference. This year we will be joined by some amazing folks doing great work from across the country. In our previous post: INTRODUCING OUR 2013 CREATING CHANGE BLOGGERS, we gave you a little insight about each of our blogging scholarship recipients but now that the conference is upon us you will start to hear from them all all of the exciting opportunities taking place at Creating Change this year. Each blog will be tagged with Creating Change 2013 so you can follow all the excitement.
In addition to the blogs that you will all be able to read here, we are conducting an activity this year through a postcard campaign on the ground titled the National Governors Initiative. Our goal to to engage Governors to ensure that best practice guidelines are being implemented in an effort to eliminate LGBT health disparities. Based on our guide we have outlined four questions which each relate back to a best practice that should be implemented:
- Do we collect LGBT data as a routine part of all health surveys? (such as BRFSS & YRBS)
- Are health department and grantee staff trained in LGBT cultural competency and health disparities?
- Are LGBT people included in community advisory bodies?
- Are LGBT images routinely reflected in public health promotional materials?
After the conference we will mail out the postcards and monitor opportunities and discussions that might take place from the campaign. If you are at creating change and interested in filling out a postcard or helping to pass them out to your friends we would love to have your support…. Our goal is to reach at least half of the participants at this years conference and with your help we can make that happen.
So please let us know if you are here…
Also if you are interested in being a guest blogger and sharing your experience with the Network base while you are at creating change please let us know. We are always welcome to having new voices represented on our blog. Fill out the form below if you would like to meet up with us to get postcards, chat about the network, or if you are interested in contributing to the blog and we will get connected while here: