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March 2013

The Fenway Institute Applauds the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign’s LGBT Focus

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The Fenway Institute applauds the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health (OSH) for including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people among the populations featured in their new ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ tobacco cessation campaign. The campaign features compelling messages from people affected by tobacco use. Other populations featured include African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans/Alaskan Natives. One of the ‘Tips from Former Smokers’ ads features a lesbian who suffers from asthma triggered by working in a smokefilled bar. Recently released data from the CDC shows that LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates 
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Health Advisory Update: New York City Meningitis Cases Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) Remain a Concern; Cases in Los Angeles County Not Connected

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This post was updated on April 23, 2013 The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has issued a health alert in response to a recent outbreak of meningococcal meningitis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the New York City area. In short, there were twelve cases of this potentially deadly disease among gay or bisexual men in 2012 in New York City, and there continue to be cases in 2013. Meningococcal meningitis is spread by close contact—this includes kissing and other sexual activity, but also sharing utensils or drinking glasses or cigarettes. There have been no cases of 
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National LGBT Health Awareness Week 2013

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The 11th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week—a nationwide event that seeks to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health—runs from March 25–29, 2013. LGBT people experience health disparities unique from the larger population, so one of the most important things providers can do is talk to their patients about sexual orientation and gender identity. It is just as important that patients talk openly with their medical provider about these things so that they can be screened for issues that may disproportionately affect LGBT people. According to the CDC, in 2009, gay and bisexual men and other men who 
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Welcome Jane Powers, Fenway’s New Director of Behavioral Health

By | Behavioral Health, Fenway News | One Comment
Jane Powers, LICSW, MSW, has been named the new Director of Behavioral Health at Fenway Health. Powers started at Fenway on Monday, March 18 and will oversee a staff of more than 50 therapists, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse and anti-LGBT violence experts. She is also a member of Fenway’s Management Team. Powers comes to Fenway with a broad and impressive background in child development and mental health services. For the past two decades, she’s served in roles of increasing responsibility at St. Ann’s Home in Methuen, most recently as Director of the Day Treatment Program. In this role, Jane 
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide observance to share knowledge and take action on the disease’s impact on women and girls. About 25 percent of the people living with HIV in the United States are women. A number of social factors like income, intimate partner violence, and access to health care can make HIV prevention much more difficult for women in some communities. Black women have been especially hard-hit by the epidemic and represent two-thirds of new infections. Several other factors can put a woman at high risk for HIV: Sexually transmitted diseases. Having 
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