Monthly Archives: May 2010

National LGBTQI Young Adults Tobacco Working Group Convening Washington DC

So as you may have seen The Network has been supporting the National Youth Advocacy Coalition’s (NYAC), National Young Adult Survey via news and discussion posts to increase the surveys visibility to youth and young adults through all of your amazing programs. Well, last week I attend a convening of working group members to assess the findings of the national survey.

BUT to give you all a little background first…

The project was initially launched at the last LGBT tobacco summit in June 2009 where NYAC began recruiting LGBT advocate, allies, and community leaders to develop this amazing project funded by the American Legacy Foundation to conduct a national young adult tobacco survey. The project was developed to be guided by the working group, which is comprised of 11 amazing individuals (including myself) from around the country.

Two of the 11 are members of our Steering Committee (scroll over the picture to put a name to the face), Nicole Sutton from REAL a project of the Cancer Research Center in Hawaii, & Alicia K. Matthews from University of Illinois at Chicago: Howard Brown Health Center. This group of amazing individuals created a National Young Adult Tobacco Survey to look at some of the trends and smoking or non smoking patters of LGBTQI youth & young adults.

In total 43 community organizations participated in survey promotion and distribution, 5 organizations conduct focus groups and 14 individuals attending the work group convening to analyze the data. In total there were about 1000 surveys completed. This is such a great starting point in data collection for LGBTQI youth and young adults.

NYAC will soon release a report of the finding and we will be sure to get all of the great information out to each and every one of you. I think this was a great starting point and I am so appreciative of all of the people and organizations involved in this great survey! While I am not sharing any of the data at this point one thing I can say is that this was truly an amazing feat to conduct this survey and it would not have been done without NYAC’s initial vision and each and every one of the individuals and organizations involved. I am excited about the final report and assisting in the process of creating useful resources for our communities to utilize the data!

We will keep you all posted when the final report is released…

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Uncategorized


Developing and Sustaining Integrated Tobacco and Chronic Disease Programs

Another Gyour1mainman post…

I went to a session focusing on Developing and Sustaining Integrated Tobacco and Chronic Disease Programs. This session was presented by Marlin Williams, from the Health Promotions Council in Philadelphia.

The Health Promotion Council was initiated originally to address hypertension through education and control programs. As the program grew they began working on other issues including tobacco control. The organization has been incorporating a wide variety of chronic disease programs in their work for quite some. He talked about “Cultural Listening” and the importance of listening to the specific needs of your diverse communities. So if your going to do an education program for a specific population you should bring members of the population together and listen to their needs and was to reach them directly. Make sense right? He also discussed how the organization changed throughout the process. It is important to have your leadership/management onboard and in support of integration which might mean taking the opportunity to educate on the benefits and taking the opportunity to address challenges with your organization as a whole. He talked about how it is important to address your program/populations needs in the process, and that some programs can integrate with ease while some should focus on its specific issues based on the community you serve. So I take from this presentation to address your programs/populations specific needs you need to listen to your communities… focus on WHY integration is or is not needed, WHAT to implement based on your communities, and HOW an integrated approach would work with your specific communities… It takes planning. It’s better to make a plan and work with your constituents moving forward then to jump right in with out the proper support and buy in from your organization or community!

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Break Free Alliance


The Risks Associated with Continued Tobacco Use Among the HIV + Community

A Gyour1mainman Blog…

After lunch and the fabulous band, (which I hope you viewed the lunchtime at Hotel Monteleone blog to see the video), I attended a session presented by Danielle Grospitch from Tobacco Free Lake County. Her Presentation:  The Risks Associated with Continued Tobacco Use Among the HIV + Community was amazing. It is estimated that 50-70% of people living with HIV in the U.S. smoke. She went on to say people living with AIDS are living longer, but not if they are HIV+ and smoke.

As you may or may not know tobacco causes a reduction in the immune function, and that smoking can interfere with the metabolism of HIV medications. So as you may know and she reiterated in her presentation HIV+ individuals need to quit, and something you don’t know is that majority of HIV+ individuals want to quit. So she has been working with the HIV+ community and has implemented a cessation program to assist in a successful intervention in assisting individuals quit. She believes that in order to help people quit you need to have a comprehensive program, and look into the right NRT to assist in individuals quit attempt. For instance Bupropion (Zyban) has been fount to interfere with the efficacy of protease inhibitors used by HIV patients. She identified tasks in order to create a program and encourages everyone to become more knowledgeable and reach out to local resources if they are interested in working with the population as well as ensuring cultural diversity within your programs. She also talks about using the 5 A’s, Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange splashed with Motivational Interviewing. Overall this was such a great presentation and I will have to see if I can get her to do a presentation for us. I think both her and Barbra Warren have great examples of how to assist in helping HIV+ people quit. We will be sure to get them on a call together and really expand on working with this population. Stay tuned for this is the very near future.

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Break Free Alliance



Promising Practices Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control Conference Highlights

Ok, so I have been thinking about my time at the Promising Practices Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control Conference and have to say the conference was amazing… I was overloaded with so much great information! This conference provided a wealth of knowledge, especially with the new wave of integration of chronic disease & tobacco control.  So you see a couple recap posts later this morning…

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Break Free Alliance