Blogging scholarship announcement- LGBTI Health Research Conference, Aug.7-9 2014

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 BLOGGING SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT- LGBTI Health Research Conference 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
August 7th- 9th, 2014
 
APPLICATIONS DUE BY:
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 5pm EST
 

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is looking to send three LGBT health researchers or students to participate in, and blog about, The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Health Research Conference Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM  Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EDT) in Cleveland, OH.

 

The Center for Health Disparities Research and Education (CHDRE) at Baldwin Wallace University is hosting a National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Health Research Conference in conjunction with Cleveland State University, and MetroHealth Medical Center Aug 7-9 prior to the Cleveland+Akron Gay Games.

The conference will be able to provide students, researchers, and community members with opportunities to learn more about LGBTI health research, to network with existing researchers, and learn of opportunities for training in LGBTI health research.

Speakers from the Center for American Progress, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Columbia University, Fenway Institute, Indiana University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Minnesota, Williams Institute, UCLA, and representatives from Latin America and India among others will discuss strategies to reduce LGBTI health disparities.

Senior staff members from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will discuss the current activities of the NIH LGBTI Research Coordinating Committee and the resources available at NIH to help students, early career researchers, and other interested researchers to develop their careers and funding support for LGBTI health research.

If you are selected to attend the conference you will be asked write a minimum of four posts for the Network blog, use social media to disseminate the posts and your experience at the conference, create video footage that can be uploaded to our social networking sites, and to overall assist us in documenting the conference (and of course, have an amazing time!).

Please note: The scholarship will include travel to/from the conference (including travel to/from Cleveland airport), hotel for the nights of Aug. 7 & 8, and a per diem.

APPLICATION DETAILS:

Applications are due by Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by 5pm EST

Applications will only be accepted by email at healthequity@lgbtcenters.org

Please ensure the subject line reads: Health Research Conference Scholarship

To apply, please email BRIEF responses to the following questions:

1) Briefly describe why you want to go, and what you are hoping to get out of the conference.

2) Briefly describe your involvement and interest in LGBT tobacco and cancer.

3) Please let us know whether you are comfortable posting a minimum of 4 blog entries while at the conference, representing the Network and have your own computer (or other device) with wireless connection.

4) Include where you would be coming from?

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made no later than Friday, July 19th. If you have any questions please contact daniella@lgbtcenters.org

 

Upcoming Conference! Unity through Diversity: A national LGBT people of color health summit

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Upcoming conference calls for proposals 
Unity Through Diversity: A National People of Color Health Summit
February 20-23rd, 2014 | Albany, NY 

 

The Unity Through Diversity: A National LGBT People of Color Health Conference, being held in Albany NY, february 20-23rd is seeking workshop proposals!

This year’s focus is on “The Power of Unity”;

This year, the LGBT movement has taken enormous strides in the struggle for marriage equality. For LGBT POC, however, our struggle is far from over. In this same year we have also lost family and community members to violence against transgender people, HIV/AIDS, suicide, bullying, ableism, and homelessness. Additionally, the disproportionate incarceration rates among people of color – particularly among African Americans – and the racial profiling so prevalent in our society continues to put the safety of young African Americans at risk. Our struggle is not over.

There are only a few days left to submit your proposal, so hurry up and get those in by Nov. 15th! For information on proposals, click HERE.

Additionally, there are scholarship (and sponsorship) opportunities- so spread the word!

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SRNT POSTER WATCH: Are Sexual and gender minorities stressed out and smoking?

 
 
 
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Jane McElroy, PhD
Family and Community Medicine Department
Office of Medical Research
University of Missouri-Columbia

 

 

The purpose of this study was to characterize stress levels in the sexual and gender minority (SGM) population using Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale. Data were collected at Missouri pride festivals and online during the summer and fall of 2012 with over 3700 SGM participants. Consistent to other study results, SGM population reported smoking rates that were almost twice (40%) that of the Missouri population (22%). The SGM participants had a statistically significantly higher average stress score than the general population. The average stress scores in the SGM population showed almost no variability when evaluating stress by age group, by race, by ethnicity, by gender, by smoking status, or for SGM smokers by intention to quit status. These results suggest smoking may be utilized less as a coping strategy for stress and more as a part of cultural behavior.

Click image to see full poster!

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“My Name is Sherrill and I’m a Recovering Smoker”

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Sherrill Wayland, MSW
SAGE
Metro St. Louis
 
 
 
 

“My Name is Sherrill and I’m a Recovering Smoker”

This was my opening comment for the “Voices of Community Partners” Panel, during the Community Engagement to Address Tobacco-related Health Disparities Pre-Conference at SRNT.  If you had told me a year ago that I would be asked to speak on a panel regarding smoking cessation programs, I would have laughed out loud. As a year ago, I was smoking a pack a day and on a really bad day maybe two. Fast forward a year and March 26th marks my one year anniversary of being tobacco free thanks to the Missouri Out, Proud and Healthy Project and the SAGE Metro St. Louis Smoking Cessation program.

Many of the health disparities prevalent in minority communities can be directly linked to smoking. Represented in the host of speakers during the pre-conference were institutional researchers and community partners working with minority communities including Native American, African American, East Asian Youth, HIV and LGBT communities. The common theme heard over and over was the importance of building collaborative relationships between research institutions and community based organizations based on trust and open communication. The community partners have a unique position to bring cultural understanding to the forefront of health disparities work. The research institutions bring invaluable resources through grant funds, technical assistance and capacity building. These collaborations empower community based organizations to deliver critical services to minority communities for addressing health disparities which would often not be possible without the support of research institutions.

 
SAGE Metro St. Louis is grateful for the work of the Out, Proud and Healthy Project from the University of Missouri – Columbia for the work they are doing to address health disparities within the LGBT community. Through building partnerships such as these, we can leverage our resources, conduct cutting edge research and most importantly, deliver services to the LGBT community designed to decrease health disparities which have historically been overlooked.

 
In closing, I encourage community based organizations to reach out in your communities to your research institutions and offer your support and partnership for the important work of community based research. It just might save a life!

SRNT Poster watch: An Examination of poly-tobacco use in sexual and gender minority individuals

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As you may know, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 19th Annual International Meeting is taking place this week in Boston! We wanted to give a shout-out to some of our friends (and heroes) in LGBT Tobacco Control who will be presenting posters, and for those of you who won’t be able to be at the conference, a chance to see their work!

One of the main goals of the network (and this blog) is to link people with information. We are really excited that there is such an array of LGBT tobacco information at SRNT this year, and we thank all of the folks who have shared their posters and presentations with us!

Here is one of the first posters that is being presented at SRNT right now! (click the image to enlarge!)

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Taking your internet-know-how to the NEXT LEVEL

Daniella Matthews-Trigg
Program Associate
Reporting from Netroots Nation 2012
 
 
 
 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of cool blogs out there that you want to read? I have often wished to myself, “If only there was some way to combine the updated posts of all of the blogs I want to read…” WELL. Guess what? THERE IS. And I only found out about them yesterday (probably a million years after most people), at the Netroots Nation LGBT Pre-Con, thanks to the friendly and “plugged-in” people I was sitting next to.

One thing I have already learned at Netroots Nation? The people here know their stuff. And by “stuff”, I mean “techie things I have not even thought of”. SCORE.

Programs that allow you to aggregate all of the blogs out there that you want to follow: (Each are a bit different, so you can find the one that is the best for you!)

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Zite

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And, in terms of learning new things… a bit of blogging advice from the LGBT blogosphere:

From Pam Spaulding, of Pam’s House Blend

–       Use “Witty, pithy and short statements”

–       Don’t be afraid to cross post!

–       Make note of the audience that you are intending to write for. Tailor your post to the style of the blog that you are writing for and do not assume that people know anything about your issues (spell out acronyms!)

On How to Create a Dedicated Following, by Joe.My.God

–       Don’t be allowed to welcome feedback and content from readership (such as links, photos, etc.)

–       Try to make the blog as collaborative as possible

–       Create open threads, it creates ownership and investment in the site for readers

–       Be very generous with link sources (“Spread the link love”)