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For mental health and medical agencies can better support clients that want to quit tobacco by setting up a QUIT NOW referral system.
Get help with:
• Upgrading to Electronic Health Records Systems (EHRs)
• Meeting Meaningful Use criteria for tobacco treatment
• Meeting Joint Commission standards
• Meeting PCMH standards
• Integrating US Public Health Service Guidelines for tobacco treatment
• Coding and billing for tobacco-related diagnoses and treatment
• Providing evidence-based, high-quality tobacco treatment and referral
For inquiries, or to sign up, please call 1-844-267-4497.
Free consultation, technical assistance, and training available for tobacco treatment health systems change
The program also includes free training and information on additional resources available
to help patients in New Mexico stop using tobacco.
You can view a 20 minute guide to tobacco systems change work in New Mexico here:
“I am Me” is an educational training video that explores the challenges our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face and how adults can be supportive allies. The video begins with the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and then explores the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth face through personal stories from young people and adult advocates. The video ends with youth sharing how they need to be supported and a checklist on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. More resources for training found here: I_Am_Me_Resource_Guide
This training is great for any adult who works with LGBTQ youth.
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/
The Human Rights Campaign created a 2017 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)
Search healthcare facilities throughout New Mexico and find their policies.
UNM hospital is a 5 year Top Performer in this program.
Cancer has indelibly left a disproportionate mark on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. We understand more than ever how the stress and stigma experienced by sexual and gender minority communities interacts with cancer, one of the most devastating of health challenges. It is with great pride that LGBT HealthLink: The Network for Health Equity and the National LGBT Cancer Network present the LGBT Best and Promising Practices Throught the Cancer Continuum.
This Free Life is a media campaign to educate the LGBTQ+ community about tobacco and nicotine use.
Click here for the mobile-friendly This Free Life website.
Behind the Haze educates young people about vaping and e-cigarettes.
Click here for the mobile-friendly Behind the Haze website.
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.
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.
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
Scout, 401-267-8337, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jewel Addy, 202-204-5531, email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault search this list for a provider near you:
If you are a survivor looking for a mental health provider who is knowledgeable about sexual abuse, see this list:
NMCSAP also has information and resources on the following topics
General resources and information on consent, sexual violence, and abuse
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) programs and coordinators
Sexual violence prention programs
Video Trainings and Webinars
To educate and advocate on behalf of all New Mexicans about the incidence and prevalence; social determinants; health outcomes; evidence-based legal and programmatic intervention, treatment, and primary prevention of sexual violence in New Mexico, for the purpose of affecting a reduction in statewide incidence and prevalence of sexual violence.
NMCAP hosts an annual HIV internship program. Interns receive training in HIV and related social issues and are placed with local HIV Service Organizations for 101/2 months where they get hands on experience doing HIV testing and education and working on programs to support People Living with HIV. Participants receive a small stipend and a lot of practical experience that can help prepare them for future employment and educational opportunities. Recruitment begins on April 1 and runs until a full team is in place. Training begins in mid-August and the program concludes on June 30.NMCAP offers training and consultation to healthcare and behavioral health providers and organizations, schools, and others who want assure that their programs or organizations are welcoming to LGBTQ people and are able to provide quality care or services to this population. We offer trainings around the state that are open to state and private employees and are also able to schedule special trainings for organizations or groups that have a significant number of individuals to train. Topics we can cover include: Making your Facility Welcoming; Sex and Gender 101; Health Disparities that Affect LGBTQ New Mexicans; Improving your intake and history forms; Clinical issues affecting LGBTQ patients, etc.For questions about NMCAP and its programs, please contact Robert Sturm at NMCAP@yahoo.com or (505) 670-7900.http://www.nmaidspartnership.org/