LGBT Healthlink – Hoosiers Got Game: Indiana Scores On LGBT Tobacco And Cancer Training
Last week, we visited the Hoosier State and you can breathe the excitement in the air. The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health (DOH) contacted us after receiving their LGBT Tobacco Control Report Card. They were ready to work towards improving LGBT needs and realities in their state. Scout and I flew to Indianapolis to provide LGBT cultural competency training on how to create inclusive programming, identify local LGBT community resources, and develop strategies to improve each report card area.
After a quick lunch, participants reconvened to work on concrete action planning strategies to reduce tobacco and cancer control disparities. Folks were powered up to discuss inclusive and integrated approaches for the next three months. The distribution of targeted educational materials to regional county health departments clinics and offices, DOH presence during upcoming Pride events, meetings to establish a statewide strategy to work with LGBT communities, publish local LGBT cancer related data, and integrate with other health concerns like HIV and STDs were some of the ideas flying in.