Transgender Inclusion within Organizations Serving the LGBT Community: A Transgender Awareness Week BrownBag Webinar with Talia Mae Bettcher and Susan Forrest
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, on November 11th at 2:30pm EST/11:30am PST the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control will be hosting a BrownBag Webinar on transgender inclusion about Transgender Inclusion within Organizations Serving the LGBT Community: A Transgender Awareness Week BrownBag Webinar with Talia Mae Bettcher and Susan Forrest. We will have our first ever co-lead Webinar with Network member Susan Forrest and Dr. Talia Bettcher who will co-lead a Webinar on Transgender Inclusion in Health and Community organizations/agencies serving, or that could potentially serve, transgender people. Types of agencies could include Departments of Health, cessation groups, LGBT organizations, Tobacco Control organizations, Health Centers, etc. With their cultural competency training experience, Talia and Susan will speak to how organizations can be more inclusive of the transgender community in general with mention of how even LGBT-focused cessation programs can be more inclusive of trans individuals.
Susan and Talia will introduce the call with a 15 minute presentation, and then we’ll have 45 minutes of discussion. The discussion will allow others to discuss how organizations can be trans competent in other ways like through data collection. This webinar is open to all, and is a great opportunity for folks looking to learn more about transgender inclusion and for folks who have experience and information of their own to share with others.
About the Presenters: Talia Mae Bettcher is the Director of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University in LA whose academic interests include Transgender Studies with published articles on transgender and feminist topics. Susan Forrest is an HIV Resource Specialist for the Community Assessment Service Center and Community Activist who’s planned and organized several trans-focused events and organizations. The two perform transgender cultural competency trainings to various organizations and agencies and have a website called “Learning Trans“ which is a project to produce, and to highlight trans community-produced knowledge.
About the BrownBag Series: It’s about linking people and information: The BrownBag Networking call series is designed to be an open space for, you guessed it, the Network. So pull up a chair and enjoy a virtual lunch with us to network, share, and collaborate with collogues from around the country. For descriptions of past BrownBag Webinars, see our blog.
To register, click here.
by Emilia Dunham
Join us for a Network BrownBag Webinar on October 13th, 3pm EST called “Quitlines Serving Youth: A BrownBag Webinar by Pierce County AIDS Foundation” which will be led by Oasis Director Seth Kirby. Seth will lead a discussion on quitlines serving youth by introducing his successful Queers Kick Ash program in Tacoma, WA.
How it started:
It was a dark and stormy night in Tacoma, WA. Oasis youth members picked up a copy of the Advocate and found an article with the story of a group of youth who had been kicked out of school for wearing anti-tobacco t-shirts. The article featured the tobacco cessation program, Queers Kick Ash, started at The Center in Salt Lake City, UT.
With funding, an Oasis representative traveled from Washington to Salt Lake City to learn more about the Queers Kick Ash program. Back in Tacoma, Oasis staff and youth developed a comprehensive LGBT youth-specific curriculum, combining Queers Kick Ash’s curriculum and Emily Brucker’s Out and Free: Sexual Minorities and Tobacco Addiction, along with several other models.
About Queers Kick Ash:
Queers Kick Ash incorporates group and individual-level interventions and includes a media literacy component, along with a support group for youth members who use tobacco. The peer-led five-session series focuses on the root causes of tobacco use among LGBTQ youth. In addition to developing a comprehensive program, other adaptations included: pledge cards used at an annual “Last Drag” dance; a youth contest to design an Oasis Queers Kick Ash t-shirt for participants; tobacco specific questions on Oasis intake forms; and vouchers for free medical intervention for tobacco cessation.
Oasis is a confidential drop-in, resource and support center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14-24 and is located in Tacoma, WA. Oasis saves individual lives, builds community, and develops young leaders who can change the world. Oasis is a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Oasis is a youth-adult partnership in which young people and adults come together for shared teaching, learning and action. More information is online at www.oasisyouthcenter.org and Facebook.
This Webinar will take place on October 13th at 3pm EST. Please register at this link: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22B9QFBAA7X
**Edit: If you missed the webinar, the audio recording of the BrownBag is available here: Quitlines Serving Youth Audio Recording
Implementing Affordable Care Act, Section 4302: An Overview of Federal Efforts and Implications for Data Collection
by Emilia Dunham
Reporting on “The Affordable Care Act (Part II): Section 4302 and Implications for Data Collection” call earlier this afternoon
(Webinar was sponsored by the Aetna Foundation and AcademyHealth)
On the call today David Meyers of the Center for Primary Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality discussed how Section 4302 of the ACA lists requirements for data collection of disparity populations affecting prevention, public health, expansion of coverage and access to care. Here were some take-aways:
- Data from national surveillance will be available for public research, but privacy will be maintained.
- Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will establish data collection standards, calling for specific language for funding.
- Five specific standards for data collection at a minimum: Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Disability Status and Sex.
- All surveys and all agencies supported by DHHS would be required to collect for these standards.
- Secretary Sebelius has authority to require additional standards and is considering additional categories.
- There will be listening sessions for the public to include comments on adding additional categories such as sexual orientation and gender identity. They are asking for comments on burden versus value of adding categories.
- Next steps: Input will be incorporated, and the DHHS Secretary will either add, reject, ask for more information or more time on new categories to include.
DHHS is looking for answers on the following questions
- What characteristic(s) do you think should be added to the current list of race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status to further address health disparities?
- How many individuals would be affected if data addressing this topic is collected?
- Is there evidence that a health disparity exists for this characteristic?
- Have any instruments been developed and tested to measure this demographic characteristic? If so, please provide a brief summary of the measures and evaluation results. If not, do you have recommendations as to the questions that should be asked or how the measures should be developed?
- Has information on this characteristic ever been collected, presented, published, or televised? If so, where has this been done?
- Recognizing that demographic data, especially data related to disparities, may be sensitive, elicit prejudices, and affect individual’s willingness to provide information, do you have information about how collecting information on this category may affect overall data collection activities and how to maximize data quality?
- Do you have any recommendations as to how the Secretary should decide (i.e., what criteria should be used) whether the potential for burden of adding your proposed characteristics would outweigh the need to gather additional information to address health disparities?
- Do you have any other recommendations with respect to any other demographic data regarding health disparities that you would like the Secretary to consider?
Feedback relating to our community
One person on the call asked whether additional populations will be captured under the current 5 categories like transgender populations. Presenters stated that sex is without a doubt not just “male” or “female”, but it’s possible that options can expanded to include “other”, “transgender” or another option. HHS is needing answers on how to expand the category of sex/gender to include transgender categories.
There will be additional listening sessions though many were sent by invitation only.
The Network is having a BrownBag Webinar on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 4pm to discuss what information to submit and how to respond about adding LGBT measures for federal surveillance. Please email us with thoughts or information at firstname.lastname@example.org or register for the call here. See our blog post for more information.