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  • Food Assistance during COVID-19

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    Searchable map of New Mexico “Grab and Go” meal pickups for parents/guardians of children under age 18.

    Albuquerque Public School meal pickup sites (list and searchable map)

    Senior and Disabled Adults Food Access Hotline for those in need of food assistance during this emergency: 1-800-432-2080.

    NM Food Assistance list by CNM

    City of Albuquerque Food Assistance

    The following Albuquerque Senior Centers will temporarily serve as lunch distribution sites Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
    Barelas Senior Center
    Los Volcanes Senior Center
    Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
    North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
    North Valley Senior Center

    Bernalillo County meal sites also closed. Home delivered meals will continue to operate as normal. Seniors 60+ interested in receiving meals from Senior Affairs should call (505) 764-6400; priority service is for homebound seniors.
    FREE home-delivered meals for seniors (all fees waived):
    Bernalillo County Metro Area Agency on Aging: 1-505-768-2084
    Outside Bernalillo County, call the Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging at 1-866-699-4627
    Tribal or Pueblo lands: 1-800-432-2080
    Navajo Nation: 1-928-871-6868
    Food banks:
    Roadrunner Food Bank: rrfb.org
    The Food Depot:thefooddepot.org

  • Get the Latest Official COVID-19 Information

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    State of New Mexico centralized hub for information, public orders, and resources for New Mexicans. http://www.newmexico.gov/
    NM Department of Health: cv.nmhealth.org
    City of Albuquerque: https://www.cabq.gov/coronavirus-information

    Coronavirus FAQs available in multiple languages and ASL video
    Community Resources
    Business Resources
    Status of City Services
    City of Santa Fe: santafenm.gov/covid-19
    CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
    WHO (World Health Organization): who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

    The US House representative for NM district 1, Rep. Deb Haaland’s Information site

    Download COVID-19 facts in multiple languages (Arabic, Dari, English, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, and Swahili)

    LGBTQ+ community resources during COVID-19. (Created and updated by Karen Dugas ( with the Santa Fe Mountain Center) and Leon Mitchell (with the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico).

  • ICYC-In Case You’re Curious

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    Want to get answers to your LGBTQ+ and sexual health questions from a trained educator? Text “PPNM” to 57890 to connect with New Mexico Planned Parenthood Educators. They are knowledgable about gender and sexuality diversity and can connect you to NM resources. This text line is intended to be used by youth. Parents, educators and youth can learn more at https://responsiblesexedinstitute.org/icyc/

  • LGBTQ Tobacco/Nicotine Facts

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    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual New Mexicans use tobacco at a rate 50% higher than heterosexual people.

    [LGB (25.1%) vs. heterosexual (16.1%) Source: 2016-2018 NM BRFSS]

     

    Bisexual adults in New Mexico use tobacco at twice the rate of straight adults.

    [NM-IBIS, 2015-2017 https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/indicator/view/TobaccoSmokeAdult.SexOr.html]

     

    More than half of gay and lesbian youth have used a tobacco or nicotine product compared to 30% of straight youth. 

    [NM-IBIS, 2017 https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/indicator/view/TobaccoOverallPrevYouth.SexOr.html]

     

    59% of NM adult cigarette smokers made a serious quit attempt in the past year.

    (2016-2018 BRFSS, IBIS query: https://ibis.health.state.nm.us/query/result/brfss/SmokeQuitAtt/SmokeQuitAttCrude11_.html)

     

    NM only recently started collecting information on transgender populations. Those data regarding tobacco use will be available in the coming years.

  • LGBTQ+ and allied organizations release an open letter about COVID-19 and health inequities

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    Fierce Pride has signed on to this open letter urging public health authorities, health care institutions, government agencies and policymakers to address the following concerns:

    • Ensuring Nondiscrimination in Health Care Settings.
    • Documenting and Reporting the Impact of COVID on LGBTQ+ Communities.
    • Protecting the Economic Health of LGBTQ+ People.

    The full text as follows:

     

    For Immediate Release

    April 21, 2020

    Contact:

    Scout, 401-267-8337, scout@cancer-network.org or

    Jewel Addy, 202-204-5531,  jaddy@whitman-walker.org

    LGBTQ+ AND ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS ISSUE SECOND OPEN LETTER URGING DECISIVE ACTION TO PREVENT COVID-19 DISCRIMINATION

    170 Organizations Highlight Need for Nondiscrimination, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Data Collection, and More Help for Economically Devastated Communities

    Washington, DC – One hundred and seventy national, state and local LGBTQ+ and allied organizations have joined in a second open letter to health and policy leaders highlighting the importance of measures to prohibit discrimination in COVID-19 treatment and prevention, and clear communication of those measures and policies to better serve the health needs of marginalized communities with histories of discriminatory encounters with the medical and public health systems. The letter also urges medical providers and public health authorities to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data for COVID-19 cases in addition to data on race, ethnicity, age, sex and disability, in order to document and address the pandemic’s impact on minority communities. The signing organizations also emphasize the urgent need for more robust relief for lower-income individuals and families, and for persons who are dependent on lower-paying jobs in hospitality and other industries which are being decimated by the pandemic.

    “We are in the middle of an unprecedented global health crisis – and we cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. “As our work continues to get families and communities the resources they need to survive, we must ensure that protecting LGBTQ+ communities is a core part of our country’s response to COVID-19. Ensuring non-discrimination has and always will be a priority for me, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to make that a reality.”

    “LGBTQ people have increased risk factors for COVID-19, including higher HIV and cancer rates, higher rates of smoking, and increased risk of homelessness,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who serves as Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus and recently led a letter urging data collection. “We must ensure that the LGBTQ community has access to the resources it needs to face this pandemic, including quality, non-judgmental, and affordable healthcare, as well as unemployment benefits for every impacted industry, including the service and entertainment sectors. We also must collect data to understand how the LGBTQ+ community is being impacted by COVID-19.”

    “Whitman-Walker and other community health centers that care for LGBTQ+ patients and others in marginalized communities have many patients who are understandably fearful of neglect or mistreatment in this pandemic,” said Laura Durso, PhD, Chief Learning Officer of the Whitman-Walker Institute. “Many of our patients work in lower-paying jobs that are particularly vulnerable in this crisis. We are committed to protecting those who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s economic devastation.”

    “Early surveillance has shown how health disparities create very different outcomes for vulnerable populations,” notes Scout, PhD, the Deputy Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, “which shows us how important it is to add LGBTQ data collection to COVID-19 surveillance.”

    These organizations call on public health authorities, medical providers and government agencies to reinforce safeguards against discrimination; to foster collaborative relationships with LGBTQ+ service providers and advocates; to collect important data on patients, including sexual orientation and gender identity; and to expand the economic relief and legal protections needed by individuals and families particularly hard-hit by the pandemic.

    The letter was initiated by a coalition of six organizations: The Whitman-Walker Institute; the National LGBT Cancer Network; GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality; SAGE; New York Transgender Advocacy Group; and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. The full letter text, full signer list, and additional organizational response resources can be found online at this link: https://cancer-network.org/coronavirus-2019-lgbtq-info.

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    About the National LGBT Cancer Network

    The National LGBT Cancer Network runs a CDC funded public health network focused on eliminating tobacco and cancer health disparities. Due to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 will have on our population as a result of increased smoking and cancer rates, the Network has been actively creating resources for LGBTQ+ organizations to help respond to this unprecedented public health crisis. Learn more at cancer-network.org.

    About Whitman-Walker

    Whitman-Walker operates a community-centered enterprise that provides primary medical care, behavioral health care, dental care, and a range of health-related legal and support services, with specialties in LGBTQ+ and HIV care, to more than 20,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region. The Whitman-Walker Institute was established to support the needs of our patients, and the communities at the heart of our mission, with clinical and behavioral health research, public policy advocacy on the national, regional and local levels, and clinical and community education. Learn more at www.whitman-walker.org.

  • Quitting Vapes, e-cigarettes, and Juul resources for youth

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    Here are two apps and websites that can help young people quit using nicotine.

    This is Quitting by The Truth Initiative

    The first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting has helped more than 150,000 youth and young adults on their journey to quit vaping. Learn more about how it works and the additional resources available for parents of young vapers and for adults who want to quit.

    Teens and young adults can join for free by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709

    Also see this Truth Initiative article with resources to quit during coronavirus.

    Sign up for SmokefreeTXT for Teens

    Who is this program for?

    Young adults (13-17 years old) in the United States who want to be smokefree.

    How long is it?

    6-8 weeks, depending on your quit date. You will receive 3-5 messages per day.

    For more information about SmokefreeTeen and other text message programs, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

    To sign up, complete the form below or text QUIT to 47848.

  • Share your Story: LGBTQ+ folks and Coronavirus/ Quarantine

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    The National LGBT Cancer Network is collecting stories of LGBTQ+ lives during COVID-19 and quarantine.

    Share Your Quarantine Story

    “While we usually collect stories here about the impact of tobacco and cancer on LGBTQ+ people’s lives, in light of COVID-19 the National LGBT Cancer Network wants to expand our focus to collect stories about how coronavirus and self-quarantining are affecting our lives. These stories will be shared with partner LGBTQ+ organizations. It is our goal to uplift a wide range of experiences and perspectives, to help show public health officials, the media, legislators, and ourselves how this pandemic is impacting our communities. We have increased health risks due to high smoking rates, high rates of HIV and cancer, and proven barriers to accessing health care. We also have less economic stability, less social support, and a large number of potentially isolated elders, all of which may leave us especially vulnerable during this time. We need to record the stories of how this is impacting us.

    As an LGBTQ+ person, how has this virus and social distancing impacted your life?”

    Sharing Your Story!

     

  • Smartphone Apps and Text support for quitting nicotine

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    Smartphone Apps/Text

    These apps are free and recommended by CDC for support in quitting nicotine.

    • SmokefreeTXT—text message-based support program
      • SmokefreeTeen
      • SmokefreeVet
      • SmokefreeWomen
      • SmokefreeEspañol
      • Smokefree60+
    • quitSTART—tips, information, and challenges to help you quit
      • Get ready to quit with tips and information to prepare you for becoming smokefree
      • Monitor your progress and earn badges for smokefree milestones and other achievements
      • Get back on track if you slip and smoke
      • Manage cravings and bad moods in healthy ways
      • Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges
      • Store helpful tips, inspirations, and challenges in your Quit Kit
      • Share your progress and favorite tips through social media
  • Smoking and COVID-19

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    “…Smoking was associated with more than a doubling of odds of disease progression in people who had already developed COVID.”

    https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/reduce-your-risk-serious-lung-disease-caused-corona-virus-quitting-smoking-and-vaping

     

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/smoking-or-vaping-may-increase-the-risk-of-a-severe-coronavirus-infection1/?amp

     

    If you want support in quitting tobacco or vaping access these free resources:

    1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    quitnownm.com.
    1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)
    dejeloyanm.com

  • Tips for Queer and Trans Parents to talk to their children about COVID-19

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