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Tobacco is a social justice issue. It disproportionally harms racial and sexual minorities. The following New Mexico organizations are working towards health equity.
National organizations working for health equity in terms of tobacco use are
Geographic Health Equity Alliance
Made up of a national network of coalitions, state programs, public health departments, national organizations, and researchers, the Geographic Health Equity Alliance identifies gaps in information, provides leadership and expertise, and promotes health interventions to reduce geographic health disparities surrounding cancer and tobacco-related risk factors.
Formerly The Network for LGBT Health Equity, LGBT HealthLink is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals working to enhance LGBT health by reducing tobacco, cancer, and other health disparities within their community.
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN)
NAATPN works closely with the research community as well its Network participants to assess the impact of tobacco on African Americans and to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive and community competent public health programs.
National Behavior Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control (NBHN)
NBHN focuses on increasing capacity and infrastructure to address health disparities, while providing network members with resources to support their efforts in eliminating cancer and tobacco disparities among people with mental illness and addictions.
National Native Network (NNN)
The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.
Nuestras Voces Network
Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) National Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities works toward building Hispanic community infrastructure, as well as increasing partnerships with regional and national tobacco and cancer control networks and other stakeholders, to decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among Hispanics, and increase cancer prevention and management for Hispanics.
Reaching Asian Americans Pacific Islanders through Innovative Strategies to Achieve Equity in Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention (RAISE)
RAISE works to create a network of national and local organizations that collaborate to prevent and reduce tobacco use and other cancer-related health disparities in the diverse Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.
SelfMade Health Network
SelfMade Health Network seeks to eliminate cancer and tobacco-related disparities among our nation’s most vulnerable, underserved and “high-risk” populations. They support the expansion of promising practices and models about prevention, treatment, and survivorship by identifying, developing, and connecting resources to stakeholders key to changing community norms.
TGRCNM supports transgender, gender-conforming, gender-variant people in New Mexico with support groups, organiational educational trainings, drop-in services, medical provider list, legal support, medical clinics, need exchange, and events.
149 Jackson Street Northeast
Albuquerque, NM, 87108
Health care professionals who enroll in this course will gain the knowledge and skills to address tobacco use with patients, including:
- The specifics risks and consequences of tobacco use on the body
- How to deliver a tobacco intervention in less than three minutes
- Effective communications techniques for addressing tobacco with patients
- How to make referrals to New Mexico Tobacco Cessation Services and other appropriate resources
- CME-Designated Activity (1.00 prescribed credits)
UNM Truman Center (Albuquerque) offers free healthcare to anyone living with HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS). They also offer free medical, behavioral health, and nutrition services for transgender people. See the article about their services in our Wellness Guide (page 14)
VAPE is a one hour documentary and outreach campaign about the use of E-cigarettes especially in the youth community so parents, educators, community leaders and especially juveniles understand the spectrum of health issues and dangers associated with these products. www.nmvape.info
LGBTQ+ community has a responsibility to fight for racial justice. Here are some resources for White folks.
Why Should Behavioral Health Providers Treat Nicotine and Tobacco Use Dependence?
temporarily increase the negative symptoms of mental health concerns
Associated with an improvement in mood and quality of life.
Reduction in depression, anxiety, and stress, particularly in those with psychiatric disorders.
Behavioral Health Outcomes
Behavioral health and substance use treatment outcomes can be improved.
Mind and Body Connection
Improving physical health can influence mental health.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.