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September 2012

Tom Martorelli’s For People, Not For Profit Showcases the Evolution of Community and LGBT Health Care Through 40 Years of Fenway Health’s History

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Fenway Health turned 40 in 2011 and as part of efforts to mark that occasion and document the organization’s history, former Fenway Board of Director’s Chair Thomas Martorelli researched and wrote For People, Not For Profit: A History of Fenway Health’s First Forty Years.  Published by Authorhouse, the book is currently available for purchase both in print and as an ebook,, as well as in Apple’s iBook’s bookstore. Based on research, interviews with over thirty historic and current Fenway leaders, and his own experiences on the health center’s Board of Directors in the 1970s, this real-life history covers 
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Celebrating Progress, Facing Challenges: National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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September 27, 2012 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Some may think that—as one of the groups hit hardest in the early days of the epidemic and most disproportionately affected today—we don’t need to raise any more awareness of HIV/AIDS among gay men. But despite the huge impact HIV/AIDS has on our community, many men who have sex  with men (MSM) aren’t aware—aware of the magnitude of the issue, aware of their own status, or aware of the progress that’s being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Many men who have sex with men don’t know their status. Have 
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Vote for Your Health: Voter Registration Day

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Fenway Health works hard to promote healthy habits in our patient population, neighborhoods, and in the broader LGBT community. From walk-in HIV testing to free wellness workshops, we pride ourselves on helping people feel healthier and happier. And here’s one more healthy habit we’d like to encourage our community to engage in: voting! National Voter Registration Day is September 25, 2012. Voting is an important opportunity to make your voice heard on the issues that affect your community. But you can’t vote if you aren’t registered! In Massachusetts, the last day to register to vote in the November 6 elections 
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Harbor to the Bay: Big Challenge, Big Rewards

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[youtube][/youtube] View Peter’s time lapse video of his 126-mile bike ride from Boston to Provincetown. “126 miles is a lot of time to think. And what I think is this is the best example of the human race.”—Mark Tye, brother of Michael Tye, at Harbor to the Bay Ride Ten’s closing ceremony It took over 10 hours of pedaling (and pedaling, and pedaling), but I—just barely—made it all the way from Boston to Provincetown for this year’s Harbor to the Bay ride. Volunteering as a crew member last year, I was inspired by the passion and sense of community that 
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Findings from CDC’s National Adult Tobacco Survey Show Significantly Higher Prevalence of Tobacco Use Among LGBT Respondents Versus General Population

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A CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) analysis of data from 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) showed that with the exception of pipes, tobacco use was significantly higher among LGBT respondents when compared to the general population.   The survey found that 32.8% of LGBT people nationally smoke cigarettes; 12.2% smoke cigars/cigarillos/small cigars; and 38.5% report using any tobacco.  Among non-LGBT respondents, those rates fell to 19.5% for cigarettes; 6.6% for cigars/cigarillos/small cigars; and 25.2% for any tobacco use. An abstract of the APJH report is available here, where 
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