LGBT HealthLink: February Update of Activities and Strategic Action

Three staff members were hired: Nicole Sutton, Project Administrator; Julie Balter, Social Media and Project Specialist; Juan Carlos Vegas, Policy Manager. We ran an audition for a new researcher consultant for the Huffington Post Wellness Roundup and hired Susana Fajardo. Scout traveled to HealthLink’s homebase office in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to conduct in-person training withContinue reading “LGBT HealthLink: February Update of Activities and Strategic Action”

December Updates

December 2014 Update LGBT HealthLink HealthLink launched the first ever LGBT State tobacco inclusion report cards! Check out the report cards and methodology here: The launch was covered in the Windy City Times and the HRC blog Since the launch, we have spoken with reps from multiple states about how to collaborate in theContinue reading “December Updates”

Missouri Case Study 10 – Making LGBT Health Matter in Missouri Hospitals

Andrew Shaughnessy Manager of Public Policy, PROMO Missouri @andrewshag This year has proven to be a monumental year for LGBT Missourians. Those monumental steps have been the recognition of out-of-state marriages by the State of Missouri, and the leadership of nearly 47 Missouri hospitals, who have included 105 new LGBT welcoming policies to their coreContinue reading “Missouri Case Study 10 – Making LGBT Health Matter in Missouri Hospitals”

Yet another life lost to smoking

We are deeply saddened to report that Bill Busse, a Tips From Former Smokers ad participant, has passed away. The cause of death was heart disease, which is very common for smokers. Bill shared his story on the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign about the affects that smoking had on his health (made more severe by diabetes,Continue reading “Yet another life lost to smoking”

#BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 2: Community-based research is still important

    Dwayne Steward LGBTQ Health Advocate Columbus Public Health     We’ve come to the end of the LGBTI Health Research Conference at Baldwin Wallace University. This has been a very life-changing experience, for which I am truly grateful. Being in the room with so many experts that have and are currently making groundbreaking changes inContinue reading “#BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 2: Community-based research is still important”

#BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 1: The IOM Report

   Dwayne Steward  LGBTQ Health Advocate  Columbus Public Health       Back at Baldwin Wallace for the last day of the LGBTI Health Research Conference and the morning is being spent on very detailed analysis of the Institute of Medicine‘s National Institutes of Health-commissioned 2011 report “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and TransgenderContinue reading “#BWLGBTI Day 3 Part 1: The IOM Report”

Network training update- National Jewish Quitline!

             Network Training Update      National Jewish Quitline       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 & InclusiveContinue reading “Network training update- National Jewish Quitline!”

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’Continue reading “Welcome to our new guest blogger, reporting from Philly Trans Health Conference”

Benson & Hedges Targets LGBTT Communities in Puerto Rico

  Juan Carlos Vega, MLS Blogging for the Citizens’ Alliance Pro LGBTTA Health of Puerto Rico, National Latino Alliance Pro Health Equity and the Network for LGBT Health Equity     This is bad! As health professionals, community prevention programs, and the Puerto Rico Department of Health strive to reduce tobacco use prevalence among island inhabitants, we have busted BensonContinue reading “Benson & Hedges Targets LGBTT Communities in Puerto Rico”