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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN…and win prizes!

Our very own Dr. Scout may be coming to a town near you! Dr. Scout will be out and about over the next few months; leading cultural competency trainings in many states, speaking on an all Trans pride panel, in Philly at the Trans Health Conference , co-writing an LGBT Health Research Textbook, at the Netroots Nation Conference and many other places.

So, over the next few months, if you happen to see Dr. Scout, take a picture with him and post it to your (and your organization’s) Twitter and Facebook page! And, when you post your picture, we will send you a free gift!

Here are the rules:

  1. Take the perfect selfie with Dr. Scout
  2. Post the picture to Facebook and/or Twitter
    1. If you are posting to Facebook make sure to tag us (@The Network for LGBT Health Equity) in your post.
    2. If you are posting on Twitter make sure to tag us in your Tweet (@lgbthlthequity)
    3. Also please use the #’s:
      1. #LGBTHEALTHEQUITY
      2. #CATCHMEIFYOUCAN
  1. Once you have posted we will send you a direct message (Twitter) or message (Facebook) to get your mailing information and send you some sweet swag!

 

Now that you have your rules, here’s the list of events to catch Dr.Scout:

June 10: DC to NIH speaking on a pride panel

June 12-13: Philly for TransCon

June 14-15: Pittsburgh Author Meeting on LGBT Health Research Textbook

June 16-20: Denver – National Jewish Hospital for quit line staff

July 10-14: San Diego Phoenix Group cross-disparities meeting

July 15-20: Detroit for Netroots Nation Conference 2014

July TBD: St. Louis

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

Congrats To Two of Our Winners Charles and Kira

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Netroots Nation · social media

All Hands on Deck: 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report Out Tomorrow!

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

It’s a crazy week here at the Network for LGBT Health Equity… not only are we dashing off to the start of the Cancer Network’s historic first National LGBT Cancer Summit, but we’ve been hustling like mad to get ready for one of the biggest tobacco events in our era — the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco & Health. They were even supposed to release it today, but at the last minute they moved the event to tomorrow — AT THE WHITE HOUSE. Hmm, I. wonder. why. that. could. be??Screenshot 2014-01-16 08.17.01

Remember, everyone can watch the official launch tomorrow at http://whitehouse.gov/live. We’ll have our dear Bill Blatt in the audience directly reporting all the behind the scenes action on the blog. And watch for #SGR50 on Twitter. And don’t worry — we don’t know what exactly is in the report but LGBT is definitely there! Other than that, all they’ve told us is the report will expand the circle of what’s affected by tobacco.

But the fun doesn’t stop there… all our work this week has been to create LGBT specific materials, so look for our infographic on 50 years of LGBT tobacco history to debut by tomorrow, and a press release too. We’ve got some pretty big drama numbers in there, so far all the advance reviewers have had one response… “Wow!” So… stay tuned and be sure to be part of the team sharing it widely!!!

Netroots Nation · social media

Press Release — New Study of NIH Research Shows Only 0.5% of Portfolio Mentions LGBT

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, Centerlink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 17, 2013

Contact: Scout, Ph.D.
Telephone: 401-267-8337
Email: scout@lgbtcenters.org
Website: lgbtcenters.org

NEW STUDY OF NIH RESEARCH SHOWS ONLY 0.5% OF PORTFOLIO MENTIONS LGBT

82% of LGBT Studies Focus on HIV or Sexual Health

Ft. Lauderdale, FL December 17, 2013–  American Journal of Public Health just released a preview of a study highlighting the national gaps in LGBT health research. The study, “Research Funded by the National Institutes of Health on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations” by Coulter, Kenst, Bowen, and Scout, analyzes the prevalence of projects that make any mention of LGBT-related terms in National Institutes of Health (NIH) extramural research abstracts from 1989 through 2011. Findings show only 0.5% of the abstracts have any mention of LGBT terms, of that small number, only 18% are on topics beyond sexual health or HIV.Screenshot 2013-12-17 17.58.27

“In 2011 we saw the Institute of Medicine report calling for more LGBT research, then we saw a Science magazine article showing how investigators of color were less likely to get their research proposals funded. We know LGBT investigators have experienced similar stigma. This study was our best possible attempt at showing where LGBT research and investigators stand at NIH right now,” said Robert Coulter, the lead author, “To no one’s surprise, the big picture shows big problems.”

“What is perhaps most disturbing,” comments Dr. Scout, the senior author “is the relative lack of growth in research about non-sexual health issues over the decades. For example, tobacco kills more LGBT people than any other health issue, yet we found very few studies on tobacco. The top line takeaway is that we need more research on all topics, and especially more about our leading health problems. If all studies routinely collected LGBT demographic data, as was recommended by the Institute of Medicine report, our knowledge on LGBT health disparities would mushroom.” According to the paper, of the 127k studies analyzed, “Health care services, homophobia, violence, homelessness, tobacco use, and obesity were each addressed in fewer than 25 studies.”

There were other obvious gaps in the research portfolio as well, only 43 of 127k studies examined transgender health issues. Of the 628 total LGBT studies, only 14% examined lesbian health issues, only 10% mentioned youth health issues, and less than 1% mentioned LGBT elder health issues. The types of studies funded were also unevenly distributed. “We only found 21 LGBT intervention studies that weren’t about sexual health,” said Coulter. “Intervention studies examine solutions to health problems; clearly we need more intervention studies to focus on or at very least consider LGBT health issues.”

NIH has been showing signs of moving to rectify these gaps in recent years. In early 2013 they released an action plan identifying high priority areas for further Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) research. In June of this year they held the first LGBTI expert input forum, where community experts were able to present many of these problems directly to the Director and the Deputy Director. Since that time, their LGBTI liaison, Dr. Rashada Alexander, has been working with the LGBTI Research Coordinating Committee to conduct additional expert listening sessions. “There is definitely movement and that’s very exciting,” notes Dr. Scout, “but we have decades of being left out. It’ll take systems change of the highest order to ensure that some year soon, when NIH invests their tens of billions of dollars on health research, LGBTI projects are an equitable part of that portfolio and all investigators know to collect LGBTI data routinely in their demographic batteries.”

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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 and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, Israel, Mexico, China, Italy and Australia, 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. (www.lgbtcenters.org)

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and enhancing diet and exercise. The Network directly trains state health departments and other policymakers in LGBT cultural competency and forges bridges between those agencies and local LGBT health specialists. The Network also actively educates policymakers about opportunities to enhance LGBT wellness. (https://lgbthealthlink.wordpress.com/)

Netroots Nation · social media

Calling all LGBT HS, college, & grad students in health! Webinar Wed on great scholarship progs at NIH!

by Scout, Ph.D.
Director, CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity
Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director of NIH's Office of Intramural Training & Education
Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director of NIH’s Office of Intramural Training & Education

UPDATE — Sharon has been struck mute by some nefarious bug. Clearly it’s a viral conspiracy to make sure we don’t get more LGBT people in the scholarship pool! Fight back by researching the opportunities yourself at the NIH website http://www.training.nih.gov… or spreading the word even more so more folk can join Sharon when she tries to give this same webinar for us Jan 8th, 3 pm. Registration details coming in Jan.

UPDATE UPDATE — register here for January 8 3 pm webinar: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6458210599331727105

When we heard how amazing the scholarship & mentorship programs are at National Institutes of Health… we begged their (openly gay!) director, the esteemed Dr. Sharon Milgram, to please come spread the word to LGBT students directly. So, CenterLink & the Network for LGBT Health Equity are more than pleased to be collaborating with NIH to bring you a one on one conversation with the Director of these programs. Sharon promises to make what might seem complicated simple, and give you the inside dope on how to get yourself, or some young hotshot you love hooked up with the largest and most esteemed health research agency in the world. I know researchers who would give their eyeteeth to work at NIH — and I know we NEED more LGBT researchers at NIH desperately. So please do share this webinar info with your favorite students or postgrads!

Best,
Scout

NIH TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND HEALTHCARE

DECEMBER 18, 2013; 3:00 – 4:00 EST.

Interested in a career in biomedical research, healthcare or public health? If you are, please join us for a webinar focused on training programs at the National Institutes of Health. The main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD houses the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1000 research groups focused on many different areas of the social, behavioral and biomedical sciences. Over 4500 trainees at the high school, college, graduate school, professional school, and postdoctoral level work and train on NIH campuses.

This webinar will explain the structure of the NIH, highlight our on-line career development resources and describe short- and long-term training opportunities on NIH campuses. We will answer your questions about how the NIH works, provide tips on applying to NIH training programs, and describe many other NIH resources.

Please register for the webinar HERE (If for any reason that doesn’t work, call 1800 263 6317 for more registration assistance).

Netroots Nation · social media

Announcing: Network Restarts at CenterLink – The Community of LGBT Centers

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

We are more than pleased to be announcing the following news right now!

 

NATIONAL LGBT ORGANIZATION PUTS NEW FOCUS ON ENHANCING LGBT HEALTH

CenterLink Awarded New Five-Year CDC Grant

Becomes New Home for The Network for LGBT Health Equity

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – October 28, 2013 – CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers today announced that The Network for LGBT Health Equity has joined CenterLink and will become an official program of the organization.

“We are thrilled to have The Network for LGBT Health Equity joining CenterLink,” said Terry Stone, Executive Director of CenterLink.  “The work that Scout and his staff have done over the past eight years in creating healthier LGBT communities is so impressive, and we have high expectations that by using our organizations’ shared strengths we can provide even more focus on LGBT health through community centers across the country.”

Funding for The Network comes from a new five year $3M cooperative agreement from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for operation of the LGBT tobacco & cancer disparity network. “We look forward to continuing to work with the CDC to ensure that all of the state departments of health they fund have access to the latest best practices in LGBT wellness,” said Dr. Scout, Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at CenterLink.

All operations will be headquartered in CenterLink’s offices in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with remote staff on the east and west coasts.  This union broadens CenterLink’s service lines for LGBT community center leaders, including health and wellness information resources, access to LGBT cultural competency training for state health departments and policymakers, and access to health advocacy resources.

The Network will continue to partner with The Fenway Institute, its former organizational home. “We look forward to continuing our work with The Network for LGBT Health Equity and helping to identify and end health disparities for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Judy Bradford, co-chair of The Fenway Institute. As part of a new focus on cancer, the Network will also be starting a major new partnership with the National LGBT Cancer Network.

“The Network’s business has always been linking people with information. That includes providing information to organizations around the country about taking care of our health, especially the role of tobacco and healthy living in eliminating our cancer & other health disparities” said Dr. Scout.  “We’ve had such a productive relationship with CenterLink over the years, and as we focus more on changing community norms about wellness it became clear — becoming an official part of CenterLink will let us have more impact than ever before.”

The Network’s move to CenterLink comes at a time when the federal Department of Health and Human Services has pledged to continue its work to ensure equal treatment for members of the LGBT community. The Department continues to implement changes reflective of the June Supreme Court ruling that invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Additionally, HHS is continuing outreach to the LGBT community to ensure they are aware of new consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act – including a ban on health insurance companies’ ability to deny or limit coverage because of sexual orientation or gender identity – starting in 2014.

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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 and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, Israel, Mexico, China, Italy and Australia, 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. (www.lgbtcenters.org)

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and reducing cancer risk through enhancing diet and exercise. The Network, one of six CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks, directly trains state health departments and other policymakers in LGBT cultural competency and forges bridges between those agencies and local LGBT health specialists. The Network also actively monitors national and state health policymakers and urges community action when there is an opportunity to enhance LGBT wellness. (www.lgbthealthequity.org)

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Netroots Nation · social media

Today! NYS Cessation Collaborative Webinar on LGBT Feat. Scout

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, The Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

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Despite a whole lot of vacation in recent weeks, I’m trying not to totally lose my edge with a little work here and there — today, thanks to the National LGBT Cancer Network I’m doing a New York State Cessation Collaborative lunchtime webinar on LGBT cessation issues. Better yet, the New York State Cessation Collaborative is fine with anyone from other states joining in! So, if you’re up for a little LGBT lunchtime dose from rusty me, sign up and show up.

Read more details & register here: https://www.nysmokefree.com/ConfCalls/

Noon – 1 pm EST.

Netroots Nation · social media

HHS Announces LGBT Health Priorities for the Coming Year

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, The Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

There was a last minute call to listen to HHS’s new priorities for the coming year today. Jumped on and here’s some of the highlights for the coming year (I don’t have the report, so hopefully I got these all down correctly):

  • Big push to get the DOMA effects out of all current health regulations
  • Big push to get everyone informed about LGBT impacts as the health insurance exchanges roll out, looks like they’ll be doing an info session/conference to help educate LGBT folk in August.
  • NIH will be hosting their fist annual research symposium on LGBT health research
  • Committing to developing and testing gender identity measures, and offering technical assistance to states who are trying to put them on Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys (BRFSS).
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be developing a resource guide for practitioners serving LGBT youth.
  • Administration of Children & Families (ACF) will be funding 2 grantees to do systemic reviews on LGBT issues: one on homeless youth & on another on intimate partner violence.

UPDATE: Thanks to one of our sharp eyed readers for providing us the links to the HHS announcements, so this’ll allow you to see their progress report on last year too.

Netroots Nation · social media

Network Changes: Saying Goodbye to Gustavo & Taking a Staff Break

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, The Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity
 

As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve now hit the funding gap between the current and the next health disparity network awards. As of tomorrow, the Network will no longer be staffed until we hear (hopefully!) that we’ve been chosen as one of the next round of disparity networks. We expect this news to come in one to two months. Until then, Scout, the stalwart Steering Committee, and Daniella will be checking in every so often to keep the dust from gathering. This Network started with the efforts of amazing volunteers, so this is just a bit of going back to our roots. Good news is we think we’ve submitted a very strong proposal for the next round of funding so are optimistic we’ll be restaffed in a month or two.

Sadder news for us is our project manager, the amazing Gustavo Torrez, has decided he’s heading off for firmer ground. I don’t think there’s a person who’s interacted with the Network who could fail to realize just what a gem Gustavo is. He’s been in tobacco control since he was 12 years old! He’s long been a fearless youth advocate, is a force of nature when he presents, and can make hugely complicated events like our summit come off so smoothly we almost forget how hard we worked before he came on board.  As he activly looks for his next career venture he will be working on a special project with Fenway and his email (gtorrez@fenwayhealth.org) will still be active for the next three months so feel free to drop him a note. In addition, we have some active sub-contracts that Gustavo will still be involved with as well so he is not fully leaving us.  We shall miss Gustavo dearly, but we have faith he will stay one of the leaders to watch in tobacco control.

Changes aren’t always easy, but hold tight, the Network is much more than a few staff, plus we’re planning some great new things come Fall.

Netroots Nation · social media

Show Our Strength: Fill out 2013 Network Feedback Survey – Last Chance!

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, The Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

Yes as I posted yesterday, our money is running out right now and we’re writing the proposal to get refunded. We may, or we may not. One way you can show the strength and community-driven base of this Network is to fill out our annual feedback survey. We know there’s a lot of stuff to do, but if we only hear from a few of you, all our planning for the next gen network will only be based on those few responses! So please, take a few min and fill it out here: here: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/Networkfeedbacksurvey

p.s. don’t sugarcoat it, if we need to do something better, please speak your truth!

Netroots Nation · social media

The Nebraska Travelogue: Example of Network LGBT Technical Assistance to States

Scout

Scout, Ph.D.
Director, The Fenway Institute’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

Since we’re funded by the CDC Office of Smoking & Health (OSH) to link people & information we find much of our work is naturally helping the 50 state departments of health OSH also funds connect with people and information on LGBT tobacco & health. Of course states like California or Nnebraska impressionsew York usually have their own resources, this means we are often traveling less beaten paths. This work is frankly some of our most exciting and fulfilling because this is where there’s huge gains to be made. Plus, after 7 years working alongside the state reps as CDC grantees, we know there are many allies in these health departments pushing hard to address LGBT health disparities and we’re more than happy to help.

Right now I’m on a jet flying out to visit Nebraska and boy have they got a full schedule for me on the trip. So, instead of the usual “we went there” report, I thought this time why not take a closer look on what happens on these state trips? So hope you’ll stay tuned over the next few days as I start a little Nebraska travelogue.

Agenda Day 1:

  • Fly west! Lose an hour, forget today’s actually Patriots day in Massachusetts, where everyone is given a holiday to watch the marathon, oops.
  • Arrive around 4 pm. Airport pickup (swank!) by a Nebraska superstar, Athena Ramos. (you’ll know why later)
  • 4:30 – meet the tobacco outreach team to say hi
  • Evening free to prepare – because the next 2 days have 6 meetings, one daylong conference & 4 different presentations! Gulp.

Until now my strongest memories of Nebraska are that gas stations swarmed with locusts and a long ago grand roadside 4th of July celebration in the wheat fields. The odds have to be against the locusts being out again now, right? Please.

OK, off I go. Hope folk stay tuned for the whole travelogue.

Best,

Dr. Traveling Scout

Update – Oh no, Twitter is full of reports there were explosions at the marathon… oh please please let everyone be ok.