Network training update- National Jewish Quitline!

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Last week, Dr. Scout flew to Colorado to do trainings at the National Jewish Hospital, home of one of the country’s largest quitlines.

Dr. Scout’s training, titled  “The LGBT Population and Tobacco Use: Creating an LGBT Friendly & Inclusive Environment”, discussed smoking disparities in LGBT populations, how to improve cultural competence and inclusion, data collection, and strategies for targeting LGBT communities.

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LGBT Quitline Strategies:

  • Before they call
  • Understanding access barriers
  • Enhancing welcome at your organization
  • Once they call – creating welcoming environment
  • After they call – extra materials

Evidence of LGBT Avoidance of Quitlines:

“In a rare study in Colorado that looked at intentions of smokers to use quitlines, LGBT people who smoked and wanted to quit were 5x less likely than others to call a quit line.”

The Lessons:

  • While LGBT callers are very likely to experience stressors and triggers related to LGBT status…
  • they are very unlikely to presume the quitline is a welcoming environment to discuss these issues.
  • And hiding their LGBT status can adversely affect treatment.

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Philly the City of Trans Love

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Philly the City of Trans Love
Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee

 

 

 

The moment I got off the plane I felt it.   While I was waiting for the shuttle bus to take me to my hotel in downtown Philly another transman just looks at me and extends a brotherly greeting , and we end up on the same shuttle bus sharing and laughing the whole ride into the city.   This is the start of trans wholeness and wellness the ability to search each other out, recognize each other, and to be willing to extend ourselves to one another.

Walking through the doors of Philly Trans Health Conference all you could feel is the energy of connection, and more importantly the empowerment  of possibilities that comes from our  interconnectedness.  What I am seeing here at Philly Trans Health is a sea of recruits enlisting in an army for social justice daring to explore the possibilities of being conscious objectors to assigned gender conformity.

This City has long been known amongst African-Americans as “The City of Brotherly Love”, but from the second I got off the plane and connected with my trans brother all I have been feeling is the trans love in the City.  A love that sees, values, affirms, and yes even trans-forms every individual here. Because of the love in this place those who have been invisible become visible, and those who have been silenced find their voice; our nurtures /wise women in the room sound the trumpet and #JusticeForJane  is our call to action

From this birth place of independence we dare to affirm ourselves and each other, and vision a state of being that experiences more struggle for the generations to come after us because we will have created a world where human beings will truly be judged by the content of their character and they will not know a world of gender restriction.  Just as the gathering in this city liberated a country, and changed the world the demand for representation and equality for all citizens is as loud today as it was then; and our boldness will once again change the world.

Continue To Walk In The Light, Redefine Your Faith, and Remember It’s All The Rhythm.

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Welcome to our new guest blogger, reporting from Philly Trans Health Conference

We are so excited to introduce Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee as our newest guest blogger! Bishop S.F. will be blogging from the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, so stay tuned!

Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee is a Minister/Performing Artist/Community Organizer, and is also the Founder/Chair for Black Gay Pride South Florida. Bishop is currently enjoying devolving his solo show “Bustin’ Hell Wide Open” in which he explores his experiences growing up in the Pentecostal Black Church and the projects of the Bronx and coming out as same gender loving in those environments; and now living as a transgender man.  He makes his home in the South Florida area.

Follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/TheBishopTweets

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PRESS RELEASE: 2014 LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER SURVEY REPORT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With Significant Revenue Growth and Innovative Programs, LGBT Community Centers Serve Over 1.9 Million People Annually

Denver, CO & Ft. Lauderdale, FL; June 10, 2014 —Providing vital services to more than 1.9 million people annually, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community centers reported increased revenue for 2013, allowing them to develop innovative new programs to serve youth, homeless populations, and transgender populations, according to an extensive report released today.

Authored by CenterLink and the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the 2014 LGBT Community Center Survey Report: Assessing the Capacity and Programs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers, surveyed 111 LGBT community centers from 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Both large and small centers reported increased revenue, for combined revenue of $138.1 million, but the biggest concerns emerging from the survey data are the challenges facing small LGBT community centers. Smaller centers, often operating in locations and communities that are least accepting of LGBT people, struggle with a chronic lack of resources and paid staff; two in three small centers rely entirely on volunteers.​  These and other report findings are summarized below.

CLIENTS & DIVERSITY

  • Participating LGBT centers serve over 37,900 individuals in a typical week and refer over 9,900 individuals to other agencies for services and assistance.
  • LGBT community center patrons are disproportionately male, people of color, transgender, and/or low income.
  • LGBT community center clientele is diverse, and community centers often offer tailored programming: 90% of LGBT community centers offer specific programming for LGBT youth, 82% for transgender people, 61% for LGBT older adults, and 48% for LGBT people of color.

“We are a small center with one part-time employee and a lot of dedicated volunteers, and we work daily to improve the quality of life for the LGBTQ and ally populations of our region,” said Jackson Jantzen, Executive Director of the 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. “In rural and less populated regions, centers like ours are a lifeline for the community and without us, people would be very isolated and without important resources. Maintaining stable funding sources and reaching isolated community members with limited means is a continual challenge.”

SERVICES & PROGRAMS

In many regions, local LGBT centers are the only organizations serving the LGBT community, offering a variety of much-needed resources including:

  • Physical and Mental Health Programs: Large centers spent approximately 19% of their 2013 budgets on physical health programs and 17% on mental health programs, including general health and wellness programs, medical and pharmacy services, STD/HIV prevention and treatment, counseling, and facilitated support groups.
  • Information, Education and Computer Programs: 20% of community center budgets goes to information and education programming, including referrals to LGBT businesses, speakers’ bureaus, employment training/counseling, or in-house libraries. Many LGBT community centers (78%) also provide patrons with computer resources.
  • Social and Recreational Programs: LGBT community centers offer a range opportunities for patrons, including parties and dances, social groups for targeted populations, summer camps for LGBT youth, and sports leagues.
  • Arts and cultural programs: Centers often offer arts and cultural programming, such as gallery space and film screenings.
  • Community Outreach and Civic Engagement: LGBT community centers target community outreach to the general public, to schools and healthcare providers, and to policymakers in their communities, among other populations.

“At The LGBT Community Center in New York City, we’re especially excited about our new service learning projects like ROAR (Responsibility, Opportunity, Action and Results),” said Glennda Testone, The Center’s Executive Director. “We’re helping young people build workforce skills, while building their confidence to organize and take action on important community issues. It has been incredible to witness our youth grow and develop through ROAR.”

STAFFING & REVENUES

  • Revenue Growth. Both large and small LGBT centers reported revenues increases from 2012 to 2013; small centers experienced a 20% increase in revenues from 2012 to 2013, compared to a 12% increase for large centers.
  • Revenue Sources. Fifty percent of 2013 revenues of large centers were from government grants, followed by 18% from individual donors and 8% from fundraising events. Foundation funding was only 12% of center revenue.
  • Staff. Despite the increase in average center revenue, many centers still struggle with a lack of funding and resources; 21% of all surveyed centers have no staffand rely solely on volunteers; and 57% have five or fewer paid staff. Almost half of center staff (49%) identify as people of color.

Given the critical role of LGBT community centers in areas of the country with few other resources for LGBT people, small centers in particular are in critical need of additional financial support.

“The first few months we were open, people would show up and break into tears. They could not believe there was a new center in downtown Oceanside, a few hundred feet away from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base,” said Max Disposti, Executive Director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in California. “People would come in and share their stories, of when you could get beat up in the streets for being LGBT. Just five years ago, North San Diego County was not the place to be if you were LGBT. There is still so much work to do, but at least now we are more visible, more understood and respected. We are here to stay.”

 

The full report is available online at www.lgbtmap.org and www.lgbtcenters.org.

 

About the Authors
CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. A fundamental goal of CenterLink’s work is to help build the capacity of these centers to address the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of LGBT community members across the country. Now in its 20th year, CenterLink has played an important role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources and engage their regional communities in the grassroots social justice movement. www.lgbtcenters.org.

Launched in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent, intellectual resource for the LGBT movement. MAP’s mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed full equality for LGBT people. Learn more at www.lgbtmap.org.

 

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May 2014 updates from LGBT health Equity and Cancer Networks

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May was the official launch month for our Wellness Needs Assessment; it was kicked off with a webinar about the Needs Assessment for Community Centers (“HealthLink Resource: Local Health Data Project”). We are excited to announce that since then, community centers in Arkansas and Michigan have gone live with the LGBTQ Needs Assessment- check out the press release HERE! We are also working closely with additional centers in Vermont, Missouri and Southern California to plan their launches next.

We traveled a lot in May. Scout went to DC to speak at the conference for one of our sister networks, the National Council for Behavioral Health; the panel was introducing all the CDC disparity networks to their membership. We are planning a follow-up webinar in the next month. Then all Health Equity and Cancer Network staff heading down to the CenterLink offices for a two day meeting, one of our rare times to see each other face to face. The meeting was extremely productive; much of our discussion was around brand expansion and social media strategies. Directly from Florida, Scout flew to Missouri where they worked with the staff at PROMO and SAGE on their LGBT Health Policy Change Project. They’re petitioning local hospitals to change policies to be more welcoming to LGBT people and are having some great successes. See the first of their new write-ups on our blog here and here and watch for more of that success story to unfold there.

We are pleased to announce that a writer we mentored has auditioned for and been accepted as a new blogger for Huffington Post. Corey Prachniak, a member of our Steering Committee and frequent blogger for us, is an attorney at Whitman-Walker, and is at the forefront of the LGBT health Equity movement and will be an amazing spokesperson and asset for the Network’s online presence- click HERE to see Corey’s powerful first HuffPo post, “I don’t want to die alone”. We look forward to him helping us create strong content for the Huffington Post LGBT Wellness page. This month we also debuted our first Huffington Post Wellness blog featuring a community center; read about how Robert Boo from The Pride Center in Ft. Lauderdale went on an amazing wellness journey here and please contact us if you have a wellness story you want featured.

Also this month, the Network met with the OSH media folks about the LGBT dissemination plan for the next national tobacco control media campaign (“Tips”) launch in July. The Network continued to write the “Weekly LGBT Wellness Roundup” for the Huffington Post LGBT Wellness page, and covered many topics this month, including the increased risk of cancer for people with HIV, anti-tobacco messaging in LGBT media and the financial impact of breast cancer on minority survivors. Check out: WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3 and WEEK 4.

 

Additional May blogs:

New Study Looks at Smoking Cessation Among People with HIV By Corey Prachniak

I Did It: A Mile Per Day By Liz Margolies

LGBT Youth Health: Some Current Research That Can Help with Advocacy By Michael Bare

Diplomacy and Global LGBT Health By Michael Bare

Promoting Our Health and Embracing our Ill By Liz Margolies

  

May’s social media numbers:

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The National LGBT Cancer Network’s work fell primarily under three broad categories for the month of May: Writing, Summit Action Plan, and CenterLink Health Programs. Writing included an Essentials column for the Journal of Oncology Nursing (written; publication pending), Expert Voices blog for the American Cancer Society titled “The Same, Only Scarier,” a Letter to the Editor titled “The Omission of Sexual and Gender Minorities,” in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, blogs on both the Network for LGBT Health Equity and Huffington Post LGBT Wellness, and our weekly LGBT Health Roundup. We organized writers for the National LGBT Cancer Action Plan from the 2014 Summit on Cancer in the LGBT Communities; all author submissions should be received by the end of June. We submitted an abstract, and were accepted for presentation at the APHA conference. We prepared for a webinar presentation of “Take Care of That Body,” as part of our CenterLink Health Programs, to LGBT Community Center attendees. Additionally, Michael was asked and accepted to be on the CA Department of Public Health LGBT Cancer Health Task Force.

Both Michael and Liz attended the Network for LGBT Health Equity meeting in Fort Lauderdale, where we worked on improving social media dissemination strategy among other processes. In terms of social media, in May we crested the 10,000 Twitter follower mark, our Facebook followers also gradually increased in line with prior monthly increases and our posts were continually clicked, shared and liked with 2 of our postings, sharing the CDC’s “The Burning Truth” campaign, and marketing for our online support groups, garnering the most clicks and reshares.

Tobacco Control year in review and 2014 sneak peek!

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Hello Network!

Scout and I just returned from the Disparity Networks and National Partner’s meeting in lovely Atlanta. And, as always, we brought you back lots of updates and juicy tidbits!

The Disparity Network meeting started with us meeting the two new networks: The YMCA representing low SES, and (org name?) representing mental health, which is a new disparity population this round.

Check out all of the 2013 -2017 CDC disparity Networks: (click the logo to check out their website)

Welcome aboard everyone!

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YEAR IN REVIEW

Tim McFee, the Director of the Office of Smoking and Health, started the National Partner’s meeting off with a look back over the past year of tobacco-control…

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Here are some notable findings:

1. Disturbing trends in the use of electronic cigarettes, hookahs and cigars among middle and High school students

So…What does this mean? We need more monitoring/prevention around non-conventional tobacco products.

2. More than half of all states have comprehensive smoke-free laws!

3. Good progress in increasing clean indoor air coverage…Second hand smoke work at the state level has slowed, BUT it has increased at the local level!

4. Ongoing fight for tobacco control funding:

         -12 states increased their tobacco funding this year!

        – BUT, there was also defunding in a few states (WA went to $0)

5. Lots of activity and concerns about e-cigs (more on this soon!)

 

AND, FOR YOUR 2014 CALENDAR…

– The 50th anniversary of the surgeon general’s report!!!

– Release date is early January 2014, so stay tuned!

– Updated Tobacco Control Best Practices

– Three exciting new media campaigns:

  1. Next Phase of CDC’s TIPS
  2. FDA Youth Campaign
  3. Next phase of Legacy’s TRUTH campaign

A Year In Review: Spotlight on North Dakota Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

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When I started working with the Network almost 4 years ago the first state I had the pleasure to visit was North Dakota. During my visit I conducted two LGBT Cultural Competency training one for their grantees, and another at their Annual Statewide Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit. At that time they were thinking about strategies to include LGBT communities in their tobacco control work and have not looked back since. I had the privilege of going back and spoke at the 3rd annual statewide GLBTQA conference held at the University of North Dakota this past

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Left to Right: Neil Charvat, Gustavo Torrez, Rep. Kayie Overson, Rep Josh Boschee, and Krista Headland

April, and was overjoyed at the progress they have made over the past couple years in terms of community support for LGBT tobacco control efforts. At times we can see progress through emails and updates here and there, but to actually see the level of community support for LGBT Tobacco Control efforts was absolutely amazing. From local LGBT groups to State Representatives its was truly refreshing especially for a state like North Dakota.  Over the past couple of years work in North Dakota has not stopped, in fact the work has grown to include more and more folks in the community committed to LGBT Tobacco Control efforts in the state. Neil Charvat, Community Health Specialist with the Chronic Disease Program at the North Dakota Department of Health has truly made some huge strides in the state. Neil has been charged with the talk of LGBT inclusion efforts and has forged many partnerships which have truly shaped the direction of their efforts. Most recently, a great article was published North Dakota puts $2,500 in anti-smoking funds toward Fargo pride festival, highlighting some of these efforts.

I wanted to take a moment and showcase in depth some of the great work that has taken place over the past year, and thank Neil for his commitment to inclusion efforts in North Dakota. I am so proud of the work that he has not only accomplished, but how the Department has truly institutionalized LGBT tobacco Control efforts in North Dakota. Please read his article below as he article below –  Engaging Disparate Populations: North Dakota LGBT Communities.

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North Dakota Department of Health
Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Fiscal Year July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013

Engaging Disparate Populations: North Dakota LGBT Communities

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) in the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) work to engage populations disparately effected by tobacco use on a statewide level. One of the populations identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as having high tobacco use rates and being targeted by the tobacco industry is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Efforts to engage North Dakota’s LGBT communities in tobacco control efforts have been made since 2008, varying degrees of success. The main obstacle has been identifying LGBT groups in North Dakota. The NDDoH TPCP was fortunate to become involved in Fargo-Moorhead Pridefest for the first time in 2011. FM Pridefest is the largest LGBT event held in North Dakota. This initial effort was to provide NDQuits information and materials to event attendees. In 2012 the ND DoH was again invited to be a part of FM Pridefest. In July, NDQuits marketing tools were utilized at the FM Pridefest 5K Run-Walk, and that event was tobacco-free. NDQuits material and information were promoted at the FM Pride in the Park in August. ND DoH staff attended the event. The staff was able to promote cessation efforts as well as provide information about tobacco issues that directly affected the LGBT community in North Dakota.

NDDoH TPCP staff had the opportunity to meet with Julia Geigle at the University of North Dakota. Julia is a graduate student at UND working on LGBT health issues. The meeting was to discuss the issue of tobacco use in the LGBT community, and the health impacts that resulted from that use. Information on engaging the LGBT community and promoting NDQuits cessation services were provided to Julia. As a result of this meeting, Julia invited the TPCP staff to participate in a UND LGBT conference in April, 2013. NDDoH was able to involve Gustavo Torrez from the Fenway Institute in the UND Conference. Gustavo travelled to the conference to present on LGBT tobacco and health issues. Gustavo was also able to engage North Dakota legislators in attendance by providing information on LGBT health issues. The conference was well attended by the UND LGBT campus community. As a result of the success of this event, there are plans to incorporate more events like this into the newly created ND Campus Tobacco Prevention Project. This project will involve most college campuses in North Dakota.

The NDDoH TPCP will continue to engage the LGBT in future tobacco prevention work for the next fiscal year.