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2011 National LGBTI Health Summit in Indiana: Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

Indiana University Health Bloomington and the Local Steering committee of the 2011 National LGBTI Health Summit are proud to announce our call for abstracts. Abstracts may be submitted at until April 15th, 2011.

We invite you to spend a few days in Bloomington working intensively with colleagues from all over the nation and world who are grappling with similar challenges, and engage in deep thinking and extended discussion about innovative programming related to the theme of “LGBTI Health: At the Crossroads.” We welcome presentations from diverse health care disciplines, community members, and anyone with a vested interest in addressing LGBTI health discrepancies. Based on the content of the abstracts accepted for workshop presentations, the workshop will be organized into tracks.

Workshop tracks/themes may include:

  • Mental health care
  • Health disparities by age
  • Health disparities by race or ethnicity
  • Health disparities by sex or gender
  • Health disparities by sexual orientation
  • Substance abuse
  • Policy/Health care reform
  • And more.

The 2011 National LGBTI Health Summit will be held in Bloomington, Indiana on July 16-19, 2011 at the Indiana Memorial Union on the campus of Indiana University. We would like to invite all members of the LGBTI Community and their allies to join us in beautiful, Bloomington, Indiana. Please feel free to forward this message!

Patrick Battani

2011 National LGBTI Health Summit

March 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

LGBQQ Youths Wanted: For Online Health Behavior Survey

by John Blosnich, guest blogger


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 of age

•     Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning (i.e., sexual minority)

•     Have 15-20 minutes to complete an anonymous, online survey

The survey website is:

If you deem it appropriate, we would greatly appreciate it if you could pass along this information to others who might qualify to participate.  For more information, contact John Blosnich at 304/293.1702 or email

This study has been reviewed and approved by the West Virginia University Institutional Review Board and approval is on file.

Thanks for considering,


John Blosnich, MPH

PhD Candidate, Public Health Sciences

West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

Department of Community Medicine

Translational Tobacco Reduction Research Program

March 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Steering Committee Convening Report Out

By Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

As you know from last week’s post the Network for LGBT Health Equity met for our first in-person convening of 2011. As our third meeting, this was our most important meeting yet as we convened to make important decisions discussing our current structure and determining our future course.

Nine Steering Committee members and our three staff met on February 28th and March 1st to discuss the Network’s strategic plan. We got the ball rolling on examining our mission, values and vision, and further conversation will clarify those to report them out  to you. Major goals were set for the Network which will affect our work for the upcoming years. These goals will influence how we operate, what our activities will be and how our programs develop in areas of tobacco and expansion. During this meeting we also discussed our communication strategy and how that can evolve in a meaningful way. We also reviewed Steering Committee applications and new logo ideas. Three Steering Committee candidates were chosen, and once we have acceptances, we will announce those new placements.

Overall, the meeting was very successful. With only two days, the Steering Committee provided productive advice on how we will move forward after reflective debriefing of recent developments. In addition, we’ve set in motion means in which to efficiently follow through on each of these pieces. As we work on these pieces in the future, we’ll be informing you all of those updates and soliciting comments on key components.

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of this trip was the location in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the warm weather and beautiful beaches of course. However more importantly, we were able to connect with local advocates who were putting on the 1st ever LGBT Health Summit in PR. It was truly inspirational and moving to meet the dedicated and passionate advocates.

Stay tuned as we announce detailed updates on these pieces!

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Puerto Rico, Steering Committee, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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 we have already exceeded our two major foci for the current grant year: expanding our social media presence and engaging people in direct advocacy. The hub of both successes has been our blog with over 7,500 views so far this fiscal year, it is rapidly becoming one of the largest LGBT health blogs online.

We are pleased to report great success at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference in Minneapolis. Not only did we have Scout and Emilia live blogging from the conference, but we sponsored three blogging scholars to present a well-rounded report on the event: Dean Andersen, Megan Lee and Sasha Kaufmann. Together, we wrote and publicized 24 blog entries on this premier gathering of LGBT leaders. We are happy to say that in line with our goals and expansion, Creating Change has significantly expanded health programming in the last three years. For example, there’s now a routine pre-conference institute on LGBT health; this year Scout participated by presenting on HP2020. Our other major effort at Creating Change was to get signatures for a letter to the CDC requesting routine national LGBT data collection. This was a response to CDC’s lack of data and simultaneous call for data collection in their new health disparities report. We collected well over 200 signatures, exceeding our original goal of 70. In other small data related issues, we are pleased to be informally helping National Center for Health Statistics as they conduct historic cognitive testing on LGBT surveillance questions and we have joined the organizing team for a forthcoming transgender surveillance meeting being led by The Williams Institute.

In addition to Creating Change, Gustavo presented at the Food and Drug Administrations, Center for Tobacco Products Stakeholder Discussion Series Session focusing on Minority Communities and Groups Affected by Tobacco-Related Health Disparities in Oakland. Also Scout facilitated the first LGBT community meeting on health and wellness in Atlanta. We’ve been providing technical assistance to Atlanta’s Lesbian Health Initiative as they conducted the first ever LGBT wellness survey and focus groups. This community meeting was the next step in this process, engaging leaders to participate in tobacco and wellness action planning.

A major gain that took place within the last month was the Arizona Department of Health’s announcement of $400K for LGBT Health Projects. We have been supporting and advising Arizona in best strategies for funding local groups, now we’re offering technical assistance to the applicants. In a similar vein, we are helping Iowa Department of Health find ways to integrate LGBT work in their forthcoming low socio-economic status tobacco award. Following up with last month’s news about SAMHSA’s request for enhanced LGBT plans in their state suicide funding, we collaborated with The Trevor Project, The Equality Federation, and CenterLink to conduct a technical assistance call helping local groups contact their states to advocate for smart LGBT strategies in the state proposals. While the health topic isn’t a focus area for us we have strong hopes the strategy will be a successful one we can deploy for the soon-to-be-released Community Transformation Grants (see the new White House press release with detail on this funding). We were very pleased with initial results: we engaged 44 new (to us) LGBT groups from 21 different states with this single event.

-Your Friends at The Network

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

M. 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 lesbian and bisexual women where they demonstrated various topics covering women’s health.

Olga Orraca begins the session by arguing that being a lesbian or bisexual is not a health risk. It is important to be out of the closet with health professionals as being in the closet affects our health, women living in “the closet” have more tendencies to fall into eating disorder or the abuse of controlled substances. The best way to know whether a doctor is “LGBTT friendly” is to ask acquaintances, friends, family and doctors themselves.

Jackeline Cruz educates on fears and problems that we, lesbian and bisexual women, face in terms of vaginal health. There is a lack of vaginal health information because it is not spoken because of the many vulgar connotations of terms in vaginal health. It is important to us as women to monitor the vulva / vagina. This will help us to have a greater acceptance of ourselves and to prevent situations being able to tell our doctors about any noticeable changes.

Then Ivette Diaz, brought the issue of lesbian mothers and parenting challenges. There are several challenges according to the constitution of the family, either because one of the partners comes from a heterosexual relationship with a child or is a lesbian mother living with children but does not live under the same roof with her partner, a mother who decided to have insemination, or self-insemination, or adoption. The biggest challenges are to work with former partners (if coming from a heterosexual relationship), if insemination or adoption to legally enroll as a single mother, because the state law does not recognize adoption in same-sex couples. One of the participants asked her what are the issues kids with two moms have to deal at school, to this Díaz answers that her kid was asked at a school in Texas, “is your mom a lesbian?” and he answered Ï don’t know, but she speaks spanish.”

Mabel Lopez ends the session with the issue of domestic violence in lesbian couples. There is no inclusion in the support services or the laws of protection for LGBTT victims, the government makes invisible LGBTT citizens. In a study, made to 7 women, she learned their relationship with their partners as victims of domestic violence. In the conclusions of the study, they found most important and more pertinent that it is necessary to include relationships of all kinds in the law 54, Puerto Rico’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Law.

Definitely these issues should be expanded as time is limited and cannot cover all the questions women have about our health. A question that arose among the participants is whether it is right that a gynecologist tell a patient, identified as lesbian; she should not do annually the PAP because she doesn’t have sexual relationship with men. Professionals like these are what remain confused and disoriented to many women who for one reason or another, are not fully trust your doctor to talk openly about their sexuality.

From left to right: Beatriz Febus (moderator); Jackeline Cruz; Ivette Díaz; Olga Orraca and Mabel Lopez

March 2, 2011 Posted by | Puerto Rico, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Special Report from the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Jane McElroy, Network guest blogger

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 this conference.  Although there was a health disparity seminar, the 5 presentations were about African Americans/Blacks, low income  and  Native American’s struggles with tobacco dependency.

Oral presentations included a wide variety of topics ranging from brain imaging and receptor studies to discussions on cue reactivity, quitline data, marketing, policy, and efficacy of cessation treatments, particularly the big 3: NRT, Varenicline, and Bupropion.  Sometimes these topics focused on a disparity group but often data reflected the general population.

Populations under study, besides the generic smoker,  included hard core smokers, light smokers, mentally ill, disparity groups (low income, Black, Native American, HIV-positive), and adolescents.

The Tobacco-Related Health Disparity Network (TRHD), one of six networks within SRNT, had a 7:30 breakfast meeting to cheer in the newofficers and introduce the network to all.  So many people got up early to attend this meeting that all tables were filled. A row of chairs was brought in for those arriving a little before the start time so they could eat their breakfast on their laps.  Attendees were equally divided among long standing members, first-time attendees to this committee, and first time attendees to SRNT.  The three standing committee–evaluation, scholarship and programs (Gary Humfleet, chair)–were soliciting members.

Check out the poster for this presentation here: Poster SRNT v7

February 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

MidMO Teaser

Megan Lee

Goddess and She rocked my socks off, I got a whole row of seats on the flight home (!!!), the weather has finally warmed up, and though it’s taken me two weeks, I’m back in action.

Creating Change gave me such opportunties to connect with others, learn about work being done across the country, and share with folks the work that I’m a part of. Now that Creating Change has come and gone, why stop the sharing?

That’s right, folks. I’ve got some more things to say and you, lucky internet audience, get to read all about it.

There is so much LGBTQ health disparity and tobacco related work being done right now here in MidMO and I’m stoked that I’ll be getting to share it with you. But, before I jump on that wagon, I wanted to give you a quick introduction to where I’m coming from.

Columbia, Missouri is pretty much smack-dab in the middle of the state of Missouri (which is pretty much smack-dab in the middle of the country). If you’re looking for middle America, we’ve got it. CoMo is home to several major colleges, including the University of MO (Mizzou Tigers, for those who care about collegiate sports), which means we have some awesome opportunities related to rural outreach and research (which is what I’ll be sharing with you most).

Columbia isn’t the only thing happening in Missouri, though. Between St. Louis to the east, Kansas City to the west, and Springfield to the south, there’s a lot happening here in MO. We’ve got a huge array of populations and communities from vastly rural to major metropolitain. We may not have it all figured out yet, but we’re taking huge steps to lead the way here in the Midwest, especially in tobacco related research.

And, on that note, stay tuned for updates from Missouri in the coming weeks and months. I’ll look forward to hearing from you, too!

February 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What stands out at Creating Change 2011? More Health.


Emilia Dunham, Network Program Associate

Emilia Dunham

Program Associate, reporting on Creating Change 2011

We all know at this point that it’s important to continue the energy and discussions from conferences to really create progress on important LGBT issues. For that reason, I wanted to point out a theme that supports the great work of the Network. In CC 2011, there was greater of emphasis on health at Creating Change this year than in other years. As evidenced by the many health workshops (for instance) reported by former Program Associate Sasha Kaufmann discussing legislation to protect PLWHIV and Megan Lee reporting on a fantastic program called Project H-E-A-L-T-H to our CC Action Alert on national LGBT data collection to the mention of LGBT benefit from healthcare reform in the State of the Movement address.

Significant Health Theme

You may recall from memory/comparison of the last two conferences, or you can check out our blog entries from past Creating Changes, that 2011 Creating Change had a much larger focus on LGBTQ health than CC 2010. Staff and guest bloggers highlight this theme in their blogs. For instance guest blogging scholar Dean Andersen’s  posts discuss needs for individual and national LGBT health promotion.

Given that our Network’s focus is on health and tobacco, we were very pleased that health was a main focus of CC 2011. That fact could not be any more apparent than from the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce’s  Executive Director, Rea Carey’s “State of the Movement” speech when she said:

“Healthcare reform will change the lives of more LGBT people than any single piece of legislation we’ve been working on all year.”

How health, policy and research intersect and why that matters

Not only does Rea’s quote emphasize that the most meaningful advancement for LGBT people has been health legislation (which may be surprising and enlightening for many folks to hear), but it speaks to how issues of public policy, LGBT advocacy and health intertwine. The fact that these issues are so connected is common sense in achieving our needs, but also shows the Network is really on the forefront for tackling LGBT inequality as we focus on LGBT data collection/inclusion and health through a social justice lens. For more on what’s being done on the national level around these issues Scout’s blog entry on the workshop provides a wonderful synthesized list from Obama’s appointees speaking directly to these issues. Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

To echo the theme of healthcare, at this plenary session, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force/National Center for Transgender Equality report Injustice at Every Turn was distributed to all. As you may know, that was the largest national trans study which I discussed in a previous post which discussed health components at greater length due to our support (i.e. tobacco and alcohol use).

What About Tobacco?

Unfortunately, the issue of LGBT tobacco control was quiet this year apart from our own advocacy. As mentioned, in NCTE’s Mara Keisling’s presention of their joint survey, the Network was praised for our support in including tobacco within the questionnaire. In addition, I am chairing a committee with the National Youth Advocacy Coalition called Youth Kicks, which I discussed in my first CC post as a committee to address LGBT tobacco harm reduction through national media campaign.

Despite quietness on tobacco, it’s important to see how LGBT health overlaps with issues such as tobacco, for instance in terms of data. There was workshop after workshop after workshop about the need to include LGBT people in national data collection at several levels. The reason for this? We all know LGBT people experience disparities, but it’s harder to prove without numbers which is why our activity at Creating Change was to call on the CDC to include LGBT people in national surveys since we are often tabled on general health disparity conversations and have harder case in proving needs for funding without numbers.

Fortunately, it’s becoming much easier to discuss LGBT tobacco issues than ever before with the interconnectedness of policy, health, research and advocacy, so this conference revealed how the time is right to do some great work on these issues.

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Creating Change, Creating Change 2011, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

FDA, Center for Tobacco Products Stakeholder Discussion Series Session focusing on Minority Communities and Groups Affected by Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

Gustavo Torrez, Program Manager

Last week I was in Oakland CA for the FDA, Center for Tobacco Products Stakeholder Discussion Series Session focusing on Minority Communities and Groups Affected by Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.

For those of you who don’t know, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is charged with implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). The overall goal is to find effective ways to reduce the tremendous toll of disease and death caused by tobacco use. After conducting in-depth conversations with representatives from various audiences affected by tobacco product regulation, including tobacco control advocates and regulated industry, CTP decided to host a variety of meetings to understand the true implications the regulations have on the audiences affected. So far 3 of the 7 meeting have taken place.

Below is a list of the Meeting that has and will take place.

• State and Local Tobacco Control Officials – October 3, 2010 Atlanta, GA

• Tobacco Manufacturers and Growers – December 8, 2010 Raleigh, NC

• Minority Communities and Groups Affected by Tobacco-Related Health Disparities – February 8, 2011 Oakland, CA

• Public Health Advocates – April 13, 2011 Chicago, IL

• American Indians/Alaska Natives – June 28, 2011 Gila River Indian Community (Phoenix, AZ)

• Distributors, Importers, Retailers, and Wholesalers – August 24, 2011 Dallas, TX

• Youth – September 13, 2011 Boston, MA

To see the agenda and a recap of the meetings click here.

CTP limits the amount of individuals invited to actively participate in the discussion and each of the National Tobacco Networks were asked to submit names of individuals to sit at the table. This process was very difficult for most of us as there were no travel resources attached to the invitation. Most networks reached out to their California based contacts for representation at the meeting. The Network was pleased to have great representation from our communities, and would like to thanks the following individuals for taking time out of their schedules to attend and or provide input for the meeting:

Bob Gordon

Naphtali Offen

Gloria Soliz

Francisco Buchting

Gary Humfleet

Kurt Fowler

The meeting opened with Dr. Lawrence Deyton, Director for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. For those of you who may not be as familiar with Dr. Deyton he has a long standing history within LGBT health and Tobacco Control. In 1978 Dr. Deyton founded the Whitman Walker Clinic which is one of his many accomplishments. As the director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products Dr. Deyton opened with his commitment to tobacco control and moving forward with a unified messages and actions to protect our communities from the dangers to Tobacco.

After the opening by Dr. Deyton each of the Disparity Networks (minus the National Native Commercial Tobacco Abuse Prevention Network as there will be another discussion specifically geared towards American Indians/Alaska Natives) presented on their network and the role they play in helping to reduce disparities within their communities in regard to tobacco control. Each of the presentations closed with initial recommendations  for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products to consider as they implement the Tobacco Control Act. There was some definite consensus across all of the networks from banning menthol, to the need for more data for all of our communities, as well as the need to regulate new tobacco products such as SNUS and existing products like mini cigars, and cigarillos.

One major take away message as we began discussing each of these common themes was the need for data, and testimony to  support  the proposed regulations implemented by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. The Center has built into their infrastructure time for public comments on proposed or new regulations, in most cases the comment windows will be around 60 days. This is our opportunity to ignite our communities to take action, to ensure our voices are heard. I know what you are thinking, if you do not know that there is a comment period open how do you make comments? Additionally if they are soliciting “evidence based comments” and all you have is the practical knowledge of working with your community which may not be scientific based will your comments be heard? Everyone’s comments are welcome, and yes they need as much scientific based materials to support comments as possible (they are fighting an uphill battle against the tobacco industry) but your comments will be heard and they are needed. Let’s say we are all noticing a common theme in our communities, how will they know where to focus some more of their efforts let’s say gathering data on the issue if they are unaware that a specific issues exists in our communities. In addition,  I urge everyone to sign up to the FDA news list. Keep up to date on current news that can affect our communities, and/or opportunities we can support the Center moving forward such as public comment when needed. Click here to sign up, I signed up and I love knowing what’s going on right from the source. This weekly update is so valuable if you are interested in the Act.

Back to the meeting, Throughout the day, there was a lot of rich dialogue from the partners at the table. Dr. Deyton ended the day with 15 points gathered from the meeting, and he noted that the dialogue today is just the beginning as we move forward with the regulations. Below are the points as I interpreted them:

1. Trust, we need to have trust! Open and honest communication and a sense of Transparency and understanding that at times we are not all going to be on the same page but Trust that the goals are aligned just have to work out the best way accomplish them.

2. Knowledge about the FDA and how it interacts with our communities is important to them, and they will get the information to our communities for feedback. Understanding the Tobacco Control Act and the authority the FDA has and what they are unable to do in the same regard is important. We can support in these efforts by helping to generate comments for the FDA, and address areas where more work is needed to gather data where there is none. At times we may not feel that there is enough being done so we need to explain that and unite our communities in these efforts.

3. The FDA will look into maybe an office on disparities, or a disparity advisory board to assist with the implementation of the act. There is a strong commitment to disparities and this is one piece we hope to see address in the near future.

4. We opened their eyes to the whole arena around education, and the complexities of working with diverse communities. As each of our communities are different we need to take a tailored approach to ensure all of our communities are represented in educational efforts and that no one community is left behind. So they will look into a more tailored approach moving forward.

5. The Center will needs to look at the trickledown effect more and how much of what the FDA does will affect the local operational level.

6. The need for more data and research is apparent. They will look into ways to utilize existing data and ways to fund community specific data collection.

7. Menthol, they defiantly heard the concerns around the ban of menthol and we will soon see what will take place moving forward with the menthol debate

8. FDA’s Assertion of jurisdiction on other tobacco products. The FDA has the ability to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products and they are addressing opportunities as they arise and are moving forward. This is an area we all need to keep an eye out for, in hopes that little cigars, hookah tobacco, cigarillos etc. are all addressed by the FDA.

9. Graphic Health Warnings, they are aware that there is support to add the Quitline and/or other cessation messages to the warning labels. This is another hot topic to keep an eye on and we will see what happens moving forward.

10. Enforcement, the FDA is aware that the need for enforcement is great and that they need to find ways that they can foster the community into these efforts

11. Optimal collaboration with other federal agencies with the thought of leveraging resources/discussions to ensure tobacco is always on each other’s agendas.

12. Throughout the discussion the Center realized that there were populations left out of the discussion today such as incarcerated individuals, those with mental health issues etc. and they feel these communities are very important and will be discussed more moving forward.

13. Funding (the elephant in the room), Dr. Deyton acknowledged that there is a need for resources for implementation and is trying to look at ways to address this growing issue. Although there are not any answers now, this is another area of interest that they will look into.

14. Dr. Deyton also explained the need for understanding that the tobacco control act makes FDA the “primary regulatory authority with respect to the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products” and with that adds new slivers in tobacco control, but the FDA cannot correct the issues in the rest of the Tobacco Control arena. They have a specific task that they have been granted authority over through the Act.

15. Trust and Commitment again, Dr. Deyton explained that we have to trust that we all have a common goal and the road getting there may not seem like the most logical but that we have to trust in each other moving forward.

As you can gather there was a lot of discussion during the meeting. I found was quite difficult to break it all down in a way that makes sense but I hope the information provided was useful at this stage. I will be monitoring the progress moving forward, and will continue to update you all as new opportunities, or outcomes arise. Again, I do urge you all to sign up to the FDA’s Email list to ensure you receive your weekly update!

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Health Advocacy Webinar Summary and Information

Emilia Dunham, Network Program Associate

On January 31st, 2011, The Network held a BrownBag Webinar with Trevor Project’s Dave Reynolds, Hunter College’s Barbara Warren and CenterLink’s Terry Stone. This webinar discusses what Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is doing to enhance their states suicide prevention programs to be LGB and T inclusive, but your help is needed to support that work.  SAMHSA distributes the largest block of suicide prevention funds in the country and requires State Departments of Healths to apply for these funds. The change is that now SAMHSA adopted the new strategies and significantly enhanced the LGBT language in the scored section for several suicide prevention RFAs,  so states will need you to know what to say to get these awards!


The webinar went over the following items (links at end have more info):

  • Overview of this Advocacy Opportunity – Dr. Scout, Network for LGBT Health Equity
  • Linking with the Right State/Tribal Rep – Dr. Scout
  • LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Strategies – Dr. Barbara Warren, Hunter College Ctr or LGBT Soc. Sci. & Public Policy & Dave Reynolds, Trevor Project
  • Real World Examples–Dave Reynolds
  • Comments from CenterLink & Equality Federation staff

Request for Funding (RFA) Overview:

  • Title: SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) RFA Cooperative Agreements for State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (Short Title: State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention)
  • Purpose: suicide prevention
  • Nickname: Garret Lee Smith awards
  • Due Feb. 16th, 2011
  • 32 states/tribes can apply to get awards for up to $480k/yr (no cost sharing between orgs required)
  • Length: up to 3 years
  • States/tribes can designate contractors to do the work for them.
  • LGBT inclusion plans are requested in two categories that total 55% of all the points you can earn on the proposal.
  • See full RFA at, look up RFA # SM-11-001


  • Find the SAMHSA rep for your state/tribe: see all reps in this listing.
  • Call them, see if they’re preparing a Garrett Lee Smith proposal.
  • If no, tough luck.
  • If yes, find out who’s in charge of preparing it. Contact them.


  • Be armed with some LGBT suicide facts to help make your case compelling
  • Present yourself as offering help to the preparer, you are their LGBT inclusion solution, right? So be bold and confident!
  • Don’t necessarily do this work for free. You are providing a service and should be compensated.

Resources from the call (Click links):

Slideshow of the webinar with pertinent information.

Health Advocacy Webinar Recording.

Contact information from those on calls (excludes phone numbers)


February 8, 2011 Posted by | social media, Uncategorized, webinar | , , | Leave a comment

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