Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bullet Point Tuesday

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Healthy People 2020 Innovations Project Awarded to LA Corp

The Living Affected Corporation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project to produce an annual journal on LGBTQ Health in Arkansas. According to CEO Diedra Levi, the project by design will break the silence of LGBTQ health in Arkansas along with bringing nontraditional advocates to the table. Ultimately, the journal will present institutions and policies that address minority health issues from a LGBTQ prospective which intersect with social determinants that cause unique disparages. The vision of the journal is to help educate medical professionals, policy makers and practitioners meanwhile raising the health literacy of the LGBTQ community. Specific goals the organization wishes to pursue using the journal will include creating a culturally competent content, explore the issues of health equity in marginalized communities, highlight health issues that are particular to lesbians, examine holistic approaches that could improve the quality of life within the LGBTQ community. Other possible topics could requires specific attention from health care and public health professionals to address a number of disparities, including:

  • LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide.14
  • LGBT youth are more likely to be homeless.15, 16, 17
  • Lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer.18, 19
  • Gay men are at higher risk of HIV and other STDs, especially among communities of color.20
  • Lesbians and bisexual females are more likely to be overweight or obese.21
  • Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs,22 victimization,23 mental health issues,24 and suicide25 and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals.26
  • Elderly LGBT individuals face additional barriers to health because of isolation and a lack of social services and culturally competent providers.27
  • LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco,28, 29 alcohol,29, 30 and other drug use

 COP 24/7's Executive Producer, Cornelius M. and the organizations Communications manager will assist with co-producing the journal along with other LA Corp team members. An open call for content submissions, models and advertising opportunities will be announced via the groups website, www.livingaffected.org  and this forum. For more information call 1.877.902.7HIV or diedra@lacorponline.org  The Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project is funded through the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). Implemented projects will address Healthy People 2020 overarching goals, topic areas and objectives and integrate at least one of the following HP2020 Community Innovations Projects priorities of environmental justice, health equity, and healthy behaviors across all life stages. As many as 170 projects will be funded between $5,000 to $10,000 to conduct projects between December 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012. ( numbered references attributed to www.healthypeople.gov)

African American History on National Mall

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be the 19th museum to open as part of the Smithsonian Institution. It will stand on a five-acre site on the National Mall, adjacent to the Washington Monument and opposite the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. A $250 Million dollar fund raising campaign is now underway supported by entities such as the Kellogg Foundation, AFLAC, John L.Johnson Foundation and the Winfrey Foundation.

Historian, author, curator and educator, Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Museum. Director Bunch is designing a high-profile program of traveling exhibitions and public events ranging from panel discussions and seminars to oral history and collecting workshops to kick-off the development of the Museum.

Ultimately, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope. The Museum will remind us of our history, the challenges we still face and point us towards what we can become. COP 24/7 believes that the richness of African American history is vital not only as an empowerment tool but showcases our historical impact economically. 

There are four pillars upon which this museum will stand:

  1. Provide an opportunity for those who care about or who are interested in African American culture to explore and revel in this history through interactive exhibitions
  2. Help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences
  3. Explore what it means to be an American and share how American values like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality are reflected in African American history and culture
  4. Serve as a place of collaboration that reaches beyond Washington to engage new audiences and to collaborate with the myriad of museums and educational institutions that have explored and preserved this important history well before this museum was created

The initial architectural design concept was submitted by the architectural team of Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2012 with completion scheduled for 2015. Until then, we invite you to visit our temporary Gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History, 14th and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. This gallery space at American History will feature exhibitions until our museum building opens in 2015. In an interesting twist individuals can interact with the website by submitting their own personal stories being collected in the memory book section of the portal. Charter memberships and donations are also available from $25 to $1,000. Check out the link: http://go.si.edu/site/PageNavigator/mm_about

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