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

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Cleveland, Ohio
August 7th- 9th, 2014
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.


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

Applications will only be accepted by email at

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


June 2014 Updates from the Health Equity and Cancer Networks



June 2014 Update

June was full of huge wins for the Network! The month was kicked off with the release of the results from CenterLink’s 2014 LGBT Community Center Survey Report. The survey, which we worked with CenterLink and MAP to add specific questions around health-programming, was a huge success at providing us with needed data and ideas around the existing policies, and desired programs, of LGBT Community Centers.

Next, Scout was invited to NIH to kick off their year of trans awareness activities. Scout and a new Network guest blogger then headed to Philly to attend The National Trans Health Conference, which is the largest of its kind. We’re hoping to inject even more wellness programming into that conference next year. Scout then took a short detour to Pittsburgh to help with a book on LGBT research and turned in a chapter on LGBT cancer policy for a forthcoming book, then headed to Colorado where he conducted nine consecutive cultural competency trainings for the National Jewish Quitline. This training partnership, spurred by Michigan Department of Health, was only the beginning of more work we’re going to do with that quitline. Read more about the trainings HERE.

Our Needs Assessment continued to pick up steam during June, resulting in 687 completed surveys from the Michigan Centers by the end of the month. Network staff and the Fenway Evaluators held weekly check-in calls with the Centers and closely monitored incoming data to ensure accurate demographic representation. Additionally, the Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12) is currently working on their outreach plan, and will be launching the Needs Assessment in late July.

At the end of June, CDC and the Office of the Surgeon General released a video in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General Report and Pride Month, featuring Scout discussing tobacco in LGBT communities. Read our press release about the video HERE!



June 2014 Update

1) Held a Take Care of That Body Webinar on June 4th

2) Followed up with Webinar attendees and calling Centers (identified with help from Denise) to promote uptake of TCTB programming

3) Working with TCTB materials for centers (paper materials, prescripted text for email, website, social media, etc)

4) Preparing for webinar on LGBT Cancer Survivor Forums

5) Conference Call meetings with Francisco Buchting (consultant) for continuing the Best Practices document processes

6) Conference calls to discuss and final due date for submissions of section for the Summit Action Plan

7) Consulting (TA) with Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, on developing an anal cancer and health program

8) consulting with Susan G. Komen on a plan to provide cultural competence training to their own staff and local cancer screening facility staff.

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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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

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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.


  • 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.”


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.”


  • 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 and


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.

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



To download the full report CLICK HERE!

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN…and win prizes!

Our very own Dr. Scout may be coming to a town near you! Dr. Scout will be out and about over the next few months; leading cultural competency trainings in many states, speaking on an all Trans pride panel, in Philly at the Trans Health Conference , co-writing an LGBT Health Research Textbook, at the Netroots Nation Conference and many other places.

So, over the next few months, if you happen to see Dr. Scout, take a picture with him and post it to your (and your organization’s) Twitter and Facebook page! And, when you post your picture, we will send you a free gift!

Here are the rules:

  1. Take the perfect selfie with Dr. Scout
  2. Post the picture to Facebook and/or Twitter
    1. If you are posting to Facebook make sure to tag us (@The Network for LGBT Health Equity) in your post.
    2. If you are posting on Twitter make sure to tag us in your Tweet (@lgbthlthequity)
    3. Also please use the #’s:
  1. Once you have posted we will send you a direct message (Twitter) or message (Facebook) to get your mailing information and send you some sweet swag!


Now that you have your rules, here’s the list of events to catch Dr.Scout:

June 10: DC to NIH speaking on a pride panel

June 12-13: Philly for TransCon

June 14-15: Pittsburgh Author Meeting on LGBT Health Research Textbook

June 16-20: Denver – National Jewish Hospital for quit line staff

July 10-14: San Diego Phoenix Group cross-disparities meeting

July 15-20: Detroit for Netroots Nation Conference 2014

July TBD: St. Louis


Congrats To Two of Our Winners Charles and Kira

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May 2014 updates from LGBT health Equity and Cancer Networks


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.


PRESS RELEASE: May 6, 2014

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For Immediate Release
Dr. Scout
(954) 376-2701

Michigan Leads Way in LGBT Health Data Collection

Four Community Centers Awarded Grants


Ft. Lauderdale, FL – May 6, 2014 -CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers today announced that four LGBT community centers located in Michigan will receive grants for the purpose of collecting health related data, such as tobacco use rates, from their community members at various programs throughout the summer months, including PRIDE events.  The awards came as a result of technical assistance provided by CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity to The Michigan State Department of Community Health Tobacco Section, which is funding the grants.

The four agencies are Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Ferndale, MI; The Network in Grand Rapids, MI; Perceptions Saginaw Valley in Midland, MI; and KICK-The Agency for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender African Americans in Detroit.

Very little health data exists on the LGBT population.  The intent of this project is to collect and analyze health related data from Michigan’s LGBT community through a Wellness Needs Assessment which has been developed, and will be analyzed, by CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity.  In addition to the collection of data, the four agencies have committed to disseminate culturally competent “quit tobacco” messages and facts to their constituents, healthcare professionals and legislators in order to demonstrate the need for increased funding of, and access to, health related services for the LGBT population.

According to Dr. Scout, Director of CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity, “Smoking is one of the biggest health burdens in the community, as LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are nearly 70% higher than the general population. Other health disparities include increased suicide attempts, access to fewer preventive services for cancer, higher risk of HIV and AIDS, mental health issues and lack of culturally competent healthcare professionals.  Michigan is one of first ‘demonstration states’ – the first states to utilize our Wellness Assessment to gather these data proving the need for better and more comprehensive healthcare services for the LGBT population. CenterLink’s Network is on the cusp of rolling out an automated needs assessment process that other LGBT community centers throughout the country can deploy. We will create local needs assessment reports to profile the health needs of community center constituents. We are enthusiastic these reports can help grow local resources and add to the national dialog on LGBT health disparities.”

The Network will continue to provide technical assistance through the project and is working with The Fenway Institute to analyze and report the findings.

For more information about the project, contact Dr. Scout at (954) 765-6024.



About CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states. Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, Mexico, China, Cameroon and Australia, the organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. (

About CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and reducing cancer risk through enhancing diet and exercise. The Network, one of six CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks, directly trains state health departments and other policymakers in LGBT cultural competency and forges bridges between those agencies and local LGBT health specialists. The Network also actively monitors national and state health policymakers and urges community action when there is an opportunity to enhance LGBT wellness. (

Network April Update



The Network had a lot happening in April!

- The launching of our wellness model program is just around the corner! The program (we’re still deciding on a name- we’ll call it HealthLink for now) is designed to support LGBT community centers in health and wellness ventures. We will offer resources, template programming, and technical assistance. Our first resource offering will be the LGBT Wellness Needs Assessment. In April we worked with our amazing evaluators at The Fenway Institute to compile the full Needs Assessment toolkit- including an introduction to the importance and uses of data collection, guidance on how to administer the assessment, background on the creation of the Assessment, and an example of the report card that they will receive showing their collected data. We will be launching the Needs Assessment with a webinar on May 14th for LGBT community centers!

In April we also worked closely with the Michigan Department of Health to facilitate their offering small grants to LGBT Community Centers to utilize the Needs Assessment. And, four centers will be launching the Needs Assessment this summer!

And in April, The LGBT Cancer Network decided that they will be rolling out Take Care of That Body, their national LGBT cancer screening campaign, in June as part of HealthLink’s launch.

- MAP LGBT center survey: The bi-annual MAP LGBT Community Center Survey was completed by the centers at the beginning of April. Together with our TFI evaluators, we began looking at the collected data in order to create a comprehensive overview of existing health and wellness programming, as well as needs and gaps.

- We spent this month planning our annual in-person Steering committee meeting which will be held in Las Vegas in September. We will be holding it in the two days preceding the annual CenterLink Summit. Additionally, four of our steering committee members will be rotating off this summer, so April was spent disseminating information about our steering committee and seeking new applicants. We had twenty-six applications, and voting will be held in mid-May.

- Network staff will be heading to the CenterLink offices in mid-May for a team meeting

- Scout wrote and submitted the first draft of an LGBT cancer chapter for an upcoming LGBT health textbook

- Every year we submit a re-application to CDC to discuss plans for next year, and an update on the current year. We wrote and submitted our reapplication last month for 2014-2015. We have lots of exciting things in store for next year!

- The Weekly LGBT Health Roundup on the Huffington Post LGBT Wellness page got some serious traction in April! Check out our April roundups HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE!

- We have been working closely with Tips From Former Smokers media team to create a comprehensive list of LGBT media outlets for the next phase of the campaign.


The George Washington University is Now Accepting Applications

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The LGBT Health Policy and Practice Graduate Certificate Program at The George Washington University is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 class. This is the second year of the program at the university.

This is an opportunity for grads or soon-to-be grads, with LGBT issues-focused career goals anywhere in the country, to add to their resumes while in graduate school or working full-time. The program is open to anyone in the U.S. or abroad with a Bachelor’s Degree who works or is training to work in the health care or health policy fields, and who wants core competency in LGBT physical and mental health domains.

Classes for the 10-month, 12-credit, hybrid online/on-campus program begin online June 23rd. If you are interested you should apply now. Applicants usually receive feedback within two weeks of submitting their applications. Tuition for the 2014-2015 program year is $10,800. To apply now, click here.

More information: You can view a video about the program here. For additional detailed certificate program information, please visit GWU’s website here.   If you are interested you can also contact Dr. Stephen Forssell by email or phone at or 202-994-6316.