LGBT HealthLink, formerly The Network for LGBT Health Equity, is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, reduce cancer, and understand other health realities within our communities. We are one of 8 CDC-funded cancer and tobacco disparity networks. We advance these issues primarily by linking people and information to educate on best practices. We maintain a virtual forum of LGBT tobacco, cancer and wellness professionals, encouraging them to share lessons and jointly monitor gaps in the arena. We gather and maintain a promising practice clearinghouse through our website. We directly train state health departments or other decision makers in LGBT cultural competency and forge bridges between them and local LGBT health specialists. We actively monitor national and state health decision makers and urge community action when there is an opportunity to enhance LGBT wellness.
A grassroots Network: Igniting and channeling passion through facilitating effective collaboration, communication, mobilization and advocacy, and public policy to create more socially just and healthier communities for LGBTQ people.
Top reasons why Tobacco Control in the LGBT community is important:
- 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 40%-almost 200% higher than the general population.
- It is the number one public health threat to the GLBT community!
- Tobacco control is the cutting edge social justice issue!
The Network is comprised of wonderful staff:
Dr. Scout, Program Director
Ana Machado, Project Administrator
Donna Solomon-Carter, Social Media and Project Specialist