March HealthLink Update: In Like a Lion, Out Like an E-Cig

Dr. Scout leads LGBT cultural competency training with Indiana’s Department of Health

State of LGBT Healthcare – Activities around the country:

  • North Carolina: Tele-meeting on March 11, 2015 with State Department of Health Staff to discuss how to increase LGBT Tobacco Grade from a B to an A. They devised 12 strategies, including participation during Pride events, connecting with LGBT leadership, and modeling what other states are doing to educate in the area of LGBT tobacco prevention.
  • Indiana:LGBT Cultural Competency Training: on March 18, 2015 Scout and Juan Carlos Vega were in Indianapolis to provide in-person training to 17 DOH staff (tobacco and cancer) and local community partners.  Participants came up with over 20 strategies to include in short and long-term tobacco control action plans, including integrating with other health issues, reviewing DOH discrimination policies, and distribution of tobacco and cancer materials, including TIPS LGBT educational materials.
  • Juan Carlos Vega held a tele-meeting on March 16, 2015 with Geminus, a mental health CBO in Merrillville, Indiana. They are interested in implementing the LGBT needs assessment to collect more data on LGBT communities.
  • Washington State: Tele-meeting on March 16, 2015 with State Department of Health to discuss how to increase LGBT Tobacco Grade from B to an A and integrate LGBT leadership in local tobacco coalition. They devised five strategies, including developing an expert panel in upcoming conferences, model other states strategies, and expand their participation and engagement of LGBT communities.
  • Missouri: Tele-meeting on March 20, 2015 with GLO Community Center in Springfield, Missouri to follow up on their submitted outreach plan to begin their needs assessment survey. The surveying will occur from April to July 2015.

Cancer Census: 34 states and Washington, D.C. have answered the phone cancer census. Currently developing next steps after conference call meeting with contractor, Shannon Cuttle, on 3/13 to reach to remainder states and territories in order to complete the report.

Cancer Campaigns: HealthLink signed on for 80% by 2018 Colorectal Cancer Campaign. (See “Social Media” for additional campaigns.)

 Surveillance: Modified LGBT questions were added on Nevada’s state Quitline survey in order to tests an enhanced LGBT measure for the Quitline data collection. The new measure will go live for all National Jewish Health Quitline clients on April 1st. The measure will be applied to both phone intakes and online enrollments.  We plan to evaluate efficacy each month thereafter, and make a decision if we need to make further changes, or have reached our goal. We see this as an effective partnership to ensure the development of solid data collection measures.

Social Media:

Campaigns include:

  • Bi-Health Month
  • Kick Butts #NotAReplacement
  • Tips Takeover
  • Tips Launch
  • Colorectal Cancer Month
  • 80% by 2018 (Colorectal Cancer)

 March Publications (all titles are links):

 LGBT Cancer Fact Sheet: Development begun.


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Kicking Butt

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March LBGT Wellness RoundUps:

LGBT Wellness Roundup March 7

New Study: Gender Identity May Be Biological

New Reason Why We Smoke More –  The Nabe

Supporting Rural Communities Through LGBT Centers

Bisexual Awareness Month Drills Down on Mental Health

Have Questions About Gender Identity?

Psychology Today Defends Then Rejects Conversation Therapy Ads

LGBT Wellness Roundup March 16

Allowing Trans Kids To Transition Improves Health

LGBT Communities Have Colorectal Cancer Disparity

Are LGBT Women Seen In The AIDS Epidemic?

LGBT Women At Higher Risk for Poverty In The United States

Negative Health Outcomes For Lesbian and Bisexual Women Who Had Histories of Forces Sex

LGBT Wellness Roundup March 20

Gay and Bi Men Twice As Likely To Get Skin Cancer

80% of Med Students Show Anti-Lesbian/Gay Bias

Chest Surgery Does Not Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Trans Women Smoke More Than Anyone Ever

Bill Requires Fertility Benefits for Lesbian Couples

New Bi Mental Health Resource

LGBT Wellness Roundup March 27

Some Good LGBT News About Indiana

Federal Court: Obamacare Prohibits Anti-Trans Discrimination

Today’s Great Idea: Office of LGBTQ Affairs

New Care Guidelines For Elderly LGBT Patients

Bullying Causes More Suicidal Thoughts for LBG Teens

Is Being A Queer Ally Good For Your Health?

Several States Claiming “Irreparable Harm” From Our Health

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