LGBT HealthLink: what do we do?
LGBT HealthLink, A Program of CenterLink is community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and enhancing diet and exercise. LGBT HealthLink directly trains state health departments and other policymakers in LGBT cultural competency and forges bridges between those agencies and local LGBT health specialists. LGBT HealthLink also actively monitors national and state health policymakers and urges community action when there is an opportunity to enhance LGBT wellness.
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, as well as centers in Canada, Australia, Mexico, China, and Cameroon, the organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. (learn more at www.lgbtcenters.org)
>>Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people have been targeted by the Tobacco Industry.
>>Interventions to counter tobacco use are not always culturally tailored for the LGBT communities.
>>The LGBTQ communities smoke at rates that are 68% higher than the general population.
>> 33% of the LGBT population smokes (compared to 20% of the general population)
LGBT HealthLink is by us and for us.
There is strength in collaborations.
The LGBT communities are diverse. LGBT HealthLink activities strive to include and reflect that full diversity.