News & Announcements
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Saving Face Can’t Make You Safe
Posted: May 18, 2017
May 19th is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Between 2010 and 2014, the Asian population in the United States grew around 11%, more than three times as fast as the total U.S. population. During the same period, the number of Asians receiving an HIV diagnosis increased by 36%, driven primarily by an increase in HIV diagnoses among Asian gay and bisexual men. Asians, who make up 6% of the population, continue to account for only a small percentage of new HIV diagnoses in the United States:
Read more on CDC.gov.
Although Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) account for a very small percentage of new HIV diagnoses, HIV affects NHOPI in ways that are not always apparent because of their small population sizes:
Read more on CDC.gov.
Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Posted: May 16, 2017
While most of America has largely recovered from the Great Recession, a new report from the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI) shows that black women in the rural south are trailing far behind the rest of the nation, living in an impoverished space where entire industries are shuttering factories and shedding jobs, world-shrinking broadband Internet is a novelty, and a lack of infrastructure stands in the way of education and proper nutrition.
The report uses existing data and features interviews with more than 200 families to examine the overall well-being of black women in nine rural counties across the Black Belt in Alabama and Georgia and in the Mississippi Delta. In these areas 20 percent of the population has lived in persistent poverty for the last five years, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture. The results show that when it comes to economic security, health, education and connection to the rest of the world, these women—and their children—are not afforded opportunities on par with their peers.
In fact, the report revealed that about nine out of 10 of these women are living in poverty. "And many of these women are heads of household, so we can extrapolate that there are an overwhelming number of children who are also impoverished," said report author Dr. C. Nicole Mason, who is also the executive director at the Center for Research & Policy in the Public Interest, during a press briefing about the report.
Call for Abstracts: A LGBTQ Peoples Of Color Mental Health Conference
Posted: May 15, 2017
This year’s conference focuses on mental health care: navigating concerns, acknowledging developments and looking to the future for LGBTQ peoples of color, through the collective strengths and wisdom of clinicians, consumers, academics and advocates to confront the issues affecting these communities.
The collective efforts of the organizations hosting this two-day conference encourages presenters to focus on how LGBTQ peoples of color navigate mental health care in the age of the new administration. Presentations will examine concerns with the new administration's funding cuts declarations, developments and progress to date, and what the future holds. Each day will begin with presentations intending to establish common starting points. These will be followed by concurrent small group workshops, panel discussions, and stand-alone presentations; some geared for clinicians and others for community members. At the end of the second day, we will continue our traditional "Community Speak Out" – an opportunity for conference participants to have their “say”, express their thoughts on ways of addressing the mental health of LGBTQ people of color and the necessary next steps for improving this conference.
The Conference invites abstract submissions which examine, discuss and provide methodologies and techniques for healing, including resources, for LGBTQ peoples of color; consisting of the following subject areas:
The deadline for abstract submissions, May 31, 2017. Read more about the conference and abstract submission.
National Women’s Health Week is May 14 – 20, 2017
Posted: May 12, 2017
National Women's Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.
You too can participate in National Women's Health Week:
Read more on WomensHealth.gov.
Transgender College Students Engage In More High-Risk Drinking Than Cisgender Peers
Posted: May 11, 2017
First-year transgender college students are more likely than their cisgender peers to engage in high-risk drinking patterns and experience negative alcohol-related consequences, a new study finds.
Transgender college students face unique pressures related to their identities and other challenges as they transition to adulthood, according to the study published March 21 in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Further, transgender people are regularly harassed, discriminated against and socially excluded, the study said.
Researchers used an online survey to determine the frequency of high-risk drinking behaviors as well as the amount of alcohol students consumed and their motivations for drinking. Male and female transgender students were compared with their male and female cisgender peers on alcohol-related consequences. Among the 422,906 students at 370 colleges and universities who participated in the survey, 989, or 0.2 percent, identified as transgender.
Students reported their drinking experiences over a 14-day period, including the number of days they drank alcohol, how many drinks they consumed in total and the maximum number of drinks they consumed on any given day. Alcohol-related consequences, alcohol-related blackouts and drinking motivations were measured on a 7-point scale.
The survey found that transgender students had a greater likelihood of consuming alcohol on more days, consuming more drinks in total and consuming a greater number of maximum drinks on any given day than their cisgender peers. In addition, transgender students reported higher rates of alcohol-related blackouts, at 36 percent, compared with their cisgender counterparts, at 25 percent. Transgender students were significantly more likely to report academic, confrontational, social and sexual alcohol-related consequences than cisgender students. They were only slightly more likely than cisgender students to experience physical alcohol-related consequences, such as a stomachache.
Among their drinking motivations, transgender students more frequently cited issues related to stress; social anxiety; self-esteem; and the properties of alcohol itself, such as its ability to get consumers drunk, allow them to experiment and make them feel happy. Cisgender students, meanwhile, were more likely to report positive social motivations for drinking, such as celebrating or enjoying time with friends.