The Needs and Practical Implication of Transgender Healthcare Inclusion

by Emilia Dunham Reporting from the National Transgender Health Summit in San Francisco In the afternoon I attended a session led by Andre Wilson and Jamison Green who discussed transgender insurance inclusion. First of, what does Trans-Inclusive Policies mean? Insurance policies include: Mental Health care Hormone Replacement Therapy Breast/chest reduction Genital surgeries Hysterectomy Second, whatContinue reading “The Needs and Practical Implication of Transgender Healthcare Inclusion”

Williams Institute 10th Anniversary Conference on LGBT Law and Public Policy – Day Two, Part One

Aimee Van Wagenen, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at The Fenway Institute It’s Day Two at the Williams Institute Update Conference and I’m listening to the first panel of the day: Marriage and Family Scholars Thinking About LGBT Families. This panel of scholars was brought together to consider the benefits and challenges to addressing LGBTContinue reading “Williams Institute 10th Anniversary Conference on LGBT Law and Public Policy – Day Two, Part One”

Jetting to… Pennsylvania (Department of Health’s Disparities/Cultural Competency Conference)

Hello From Boston Logan Airport, (as of lately my new home)! I am on my way to Harrisburg PA, for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Disparities/Cultural Competency Conference. As I have mentioned before a major goal of the Network is to assist states in closing disparity gaps in LGBT tobacco control. We have crafted anContinue reading “Jetting to… Pennsylvania (Department of Health’s Disparities/Cultural Competency Conference)”

LGBT Americans Come Out for Health this Week

Cross-posted from our friend’s at Legacy for Health, Posted March 31st, 2011 As LGBT Americans come out for health during LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 28th – April 4th), I hope that they consider quitting smoking as one of the actions they tackle head on. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population smokes atContinue reading “LGBT Americans Come Out for Health this Week”

LGBQQ Youths Wanted: For Online Health Behavior Survey

by John Blosnich, guest blogger Greetings, A research study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Community Medicine seeks participants to complete an online survey about sexual orientation, health behaviors and life experiences.  We are looking for people who: •     Are between 18-24 years ofContinue reading “LGBQQ Youths Wanted: For Online Health Behavior Survey”

Network February 2011 Summary

As usual, February has been a very busy month for the Network. One major effort was assessing our current years progress and developing an action plan for the future year as part of our re-application for next years CDC award (year four of the five year cooperative agreement). We are happy to report that weContinue reading “Network February 2011 Summary”

Is your mom a lesbian? I don't know, but she speaks spanish!

Margie Alvarez Guest blogger, reporting on PR LGBT Health Summit The Puerto Rico LGBTT Health Summit began with Francisco Dueñas, from Lambda Legal, talking about healthcare not being caring; Sheila Rodriguez who spoke about the Trans Community in PR; and Ines Parks on tobacco control and prevention. The first concurrent session consisted of health for lesbianContinue reading “Is your mom a lesbian? I don't know, but she speaks spanish!”

Special Report from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

by guest blogger Jane McElroy Unusual balmy weather in Toronto greeted attendees for the SRNT  (Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco) conference held this past week (Weds-Sat). A handful of posters presented data focusing on the LGB(T) population and one seminar on HIV and tobacco use (4 presentations) reflected our light presence at thisContinue reading “Special Report from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco”