by Corey Prachniak is the Chair of LGBT HealthLink’s Steering Committee.
Corey is an attorney working at the intersection of gender and health, and is currently a Zuckerman Fellow at Harvard University. Visit Corey’s website at cprachniak.com.
This weekend, LGBT HealthLink’s Steering Committee will convene in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where HealthLink and our parent organization CenterLink are based. For some of our twelve-member body – which reaches geographically from Boston to St. Louis to Anchorage – it will be their first time meeting the entire group in person. Typically, the Steering Committee convenes by phone each month to work with HealthLink’s fabulous staff. The Committee includes activists, academics, and government and nonprofit leaders each with their own unique path towards joining the HealthLink family.
This weekend, we’re hoping to take stock as to the state of LGBT health and where HealthLink – and our committee in particular – should focus our firepower moving forward. As HealthLink’s mandate has expanded over the years from being completely tobacco-focused to looking at LGBT cancer disparities broadly to increasingly taking on holistic LGBT wellness, we’ve grown our network and our potential to advance health equity across the country.
Throughout the weekend, we’ll be posting updates on the meeting here, on Twitter, and on Facebook with the hashtag #HealthLink2016. We’d love to hear from you as to what you’d like to see HealthLink and the Steering Committee get involved in, what kind of resources or support you need, or how you’d like to help us in achieving our goal of ending LGBT health disparities. You may not be able to join us in person here in sunny Fort Lauderdale, but you can join in the conversation online and be a part of our work.