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.
- Geminus.org: 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.
- 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.
Tobacco and Cancer Crawling In My Life
March LBGT Wellness RoundUps:
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
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
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
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