FAQ - LGBT HealthLink

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE NETWORK?

LGBT HealthLink is a network of stakeholders improving LGBT wellness by sharing information and spreading best practices to both public health agencies and community based organizations.

We define LGBT wellness as improved access to cancer and HIV services, eating better, exercising more, and living tobacco-free.*

*We are referring to commercial tobacco use only, not ceremonial tobacco use.

What services does the Network offer?

To public health agencies:

  • Skilled public speakers for events
  • Customized trainings on wellness topics
  • LGBT cultural competency trainings
  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for policy, programmatic, or content development.
  • Linkages with local LGBT agencies, leadership
  • Best practices guidelines for including LGBT people in public health programming.
  • Standards for achieving LGBT cultural competency in public health funding.
  • Technical assistance on best practices for LGBT inclusion, especially in state cancer and tobacco programming
  • State report cards on LGBT integration in tobacco programming (equivalent postcards for cancer coming soon)
  • Education on state of the art strategies for LGBT data collection in surveillance and programmatic activities (such as tobacco quitlines and cancer registries).
  • Trainings on reaching and serving the LGBT population
  • A free standardized needs assessment that can be used as a first step in expanding services to serve LGBT persons.
  • Advice and connections re: successful strategies used by other public health agencies.
  • Webinars on a variety of LGBT integration topics.
  • Quitline trainings.
  • Posters stating a healthcare agency is LGBT welcoming.
  • A variety of LGBT tailored tobacco and cancer promotional posters.
  • We pursue a variety of media outlets to urge LGBT inclusion in mainstream media coverage of wellness issues.
  • Weekly video and print roundup of top LGBT health and wellness stories on Huffington Post Gay Voices Wellness page.
  • Access to LGBT tobacco, cancer, and wellness news via our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

 To LGBT community-based organizations:

  • Customized technical assistance for CenterLink members on integrating LGBT wellness programming.
  • LGBT Healthcare Bill of Rights partnership, including customized web page with your own branded HBOR materials.
  • Webinars on health topics and funding opportunities.
  • Profiles of promising practices on Huffington Post.
  • Sample tobacco and cancer programmatic activities for replication and local branding.
  • Sample program to change LGBT welcoming policies at local healthcare institutions.
  • Posters stating a healthcare agency is LGBT welcoming.
  • A variety of LGBT tailored tobacco and cancer promotional posters.
  • We pursue a variety of media outlets to urge LGBT media coverage of wellness issues.
  • Weekly video and print roundup of top LGBT health and wellness stories on Huffington Post Gay Voices Wellness page.
  • Access to LGBT tobacco, cancer, and wellness news via our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

 Three of our larger forthcoming items are:

  • An LGBT Communities Cancer Action Plan
  • LGBT Cancer Best and Promising Practices document
  • An organizational wellness policy campaign for LGBT organizations.

We continue to develop best and promising practices in cancer control and tobacco control. All training and technical assistance is customized.

How is the Network organized? Does the Network have Regional Offices?

LGBT HealthLink is a program of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers. Our office is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. CenterLink has 160 member LGBT community centers around the country. When we provide technical assistance, we try to actively build relationships between public health agencies and our local member centers, so ongoing local expertise can be provided.

What are the hours of operation of the Network?

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm EST

What are some of the specific topics the Network may be able to help me with?

HealthLink specializes in LGBT wellness, health, cancer control, tobacco control, and cultural competency. We also offer expertise in policy development and data collection for LGBT inclusion.

How do I request technical assistance?

Email us at healthlink@lgbtcenters.org or call us at 954.765.6024

You can also reach us on here on our website at http://www.lgbthealthlink.org/ContactUs.

What is the typical response time to a question?

Depending on the inquiry, 1 hour to 2 days.

Do your services cost anything?
  • We provide phone consultations at no cost.
  • We have a variety of resources available to public health agencies and community organizations at no cost, or if they are printed items, at our own cost.
  • When we provide onsite technical assistance, trainings, or presentations for public health agencies (i.e. state health departments) or conferences, we prefer to have travel and a per diem paid. ($1,250/day for Scout, $750/day for Juan Carlos Vega or Nicole Sutton) We can reduce or waive the per diem if needed. In rare instances, we will also pay for our own travel.
  • When we provide onsite technical assistance for LGBT community organizations that are Centerlink members, we pay our own expenses.
Can individuals and organizations join the Network?

For now, LGBT HealthLink is an open membership organization; we have no criteria save for participation.

LGBT HealthLink is an arm of CenterLink, which is a membership-based organization. Membership in CenterLink is aimed at LGBT community organizations. It gets you access to a wide variety of organizational development and support resources (for example, our Executive Directors listserv, development trainings, onsite strategic planning, annual Board/Executive Director summit, etc.).

We are currently developing an affiliate membership in CenterLink/LGBT HealthLink for organizations who do not want the main services offered by CenterLink, but are interested in the services offered by LGBT HealthLink. Please check back for more information as that develops.

At this time CenterLink has no mechanism for individual membership.

How can I join the Network?

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, our blog, or subscribe to our listserv. When you use our resources, or participate in our ongoing work, you are joining the effort.

What are the benefits of being a Network Member?

Our resources are currently available to all, membership or not.

What is expected of Members who join the Network?

N/A

I am interested in having someone speak on a topic at a conference or other event. Who should I contact?

Contact our Policy Manager, Juan Carlos Vega at JuanCarlos@lgbtcenters.org

I am interested in having someone train my organization. Who should I contact?

Contact our Policy Manager, Juan Carlos Vega at JuanCarlos@lgbtcenters.org

Does the Network represent people, organizations, state agencies, etc.?

The Network represents LGBT communities and LGBT Community Centers across the country.

Does the Network directly communicate with legislators or other policy-makers reflecting a position on specific public health legislation?

The Network educates state and federal health bodies to encourage the inclusion of LGBT populations in public health work. We do not engage in lobbying or legislative advocacy.

I am a member of the press and would like to conduct an interview with a member of the Network. What is the process I should follow?

Contact Program Associate Julie Balter at Julie@lgbtcenters.org or if it is an urgent request, call Scout at 401-267-8337.

How is the Network funded? Can other supporters fund the Network?

LGBT HealthLink is funded by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health and the CDC Office of Cancer Prevention. We welcome the opportunity for support from other organizations and individuals.