Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rainbows of Health and Wellness

LGBTQ Health Awareness Week 2013

Did you know that March 25-29 is LGBTQ Health Awareness Week?? NO?  Well COP 24/7 to the rescue with our ongoing take on keeping you, you and yes you too my friend on issues and matters
that should concern you. Although the marriage equality mash up is taking center stage, none of that really matters if individuals and or couples are making healthy choices or taking responsibility for their overall health concerns. There is no doubt that gay people are within all the statistical info on obesity, smoking, mental health, hypertension, diabetes and other health maladies. It's imperative that our well being become a priority as well as our insistence that policy makers and providers be engaged to address gaps in the health care delivery system. In other words, I urge everyone to become an informed and empowered consumer.

The LGBTQ community is not and should not be a singular issue construct. After all for some, marriage equality has no significance in their lives, even though others feel wildly invigorated by the issue. At the core, there are a wide array of challenges and matters that in my opinion have not received the groundswell of interest that marriage equality has garnered. Currently the ebbing and flowing of the medicaid expansion issue should be a paramount concern since its impact will far reaching and ultimately live changing for many gay people. Undoubtedly the "gay intersection of issues" must also includes lack of economic parity, homelessness, intimate partner violence, racial discrimination and gay youth. In the big picture, no matter what the Supreme Court decides come this June, there are a host of disparities awaiting their turn in the spotlight.

Obama Raises the bar on LGBTQ Health

As this forum recognizes LGBT Health Awareness Week 2013, I wanted to emphasize the depth of which the Obama administration has been involved with using the full force of the US government to deal with a spectrum of health issues directly affecting LGBT communities across the nation. This ground breaking move was further scaled up with the 2012 White House LGBT Conference on www.whitehouse.gov  that allowed viewers access to the proceedings of interest. COP 24/7 vows to continue to enlighten and encourage our readers to become aware of policies and investment in our well being.
Health – was hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Mazzoni Center. Over 300 attendees from 22 states participated in the day’s events at Thomas Jefferson University. COP 24/7 has been at the forefront to alerting our readers to a online streams from

In April 2010, President Barack Obama asked Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to identify steps the Department could take to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") individuals and families.In response, Secretary Sebelius set up a Department-wide LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, currently co-chaired by Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, and Deputy General Counsel Ken Choe (who replaced former Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families David Hansell).

The Committee, on behalf of the Secretary, developed the Secretary’s Recommended Actions to the President to Improve LGBT Health and Well-Being ("2011 objectives"), which were sent to the President and released to the public in April 2011(http://www.hhs.gov/secretary/about/lgbthealth.html). 

As the Department continues its efforts in support of all communities, it presented its accomplishments from this past year and its goals for this coming year with respect to the LGBT community.


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