Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Action Alert from the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Hello everyone,
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled four additional listening sessions (below) on developing a set of 2012 recommendations related to health and human service issues affecting LGBT individuals and families. 

These sessions present a great opportunity to impact the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and families through our participation in the listening sessions.  To ensure that our community is well-represented at the hearings, here are a few things you can do.

·   Attend the meeting, and share your thoughts on what HHS should do to support LGBT individuals and families.  Although the topics in the attachments is a good starting point, HHS would like to hear your recommendations based on your experiences as community members and service providers living in your area.

·   Share the information about the listening session throughout your networks, and encourage people to attend.  In this particular case, the number of people who show up matters a great deal.

·   If you are not able to participate in eitherlistening session, send your written recommendations to the HHS office in the region in which you reside. You can determine your regional office by viewing this map.

Although HHS hears from the Coalition and other national LGBT advocacy organizations, department officials would like to hear recommendations from people living in your area. Please call or email any of the staff of the Coalition if you have any questions.  Our office number is (202) 558-6828 and the general email address is coalition@lgbthealth.net. Also, if you decide to submit written comments or give oral testimony during the hearing, let us know so the Coalition and its advocacy partners can include your recommendations in our future conversation with HHS.

Thank you for everything that you do to advance the health and well-being of LGBT people.

Additional HHS Regional LGBT Listening Schedule:

Milwaukee, WI
Monday, November 28, 2011
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
252 E. Highland Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
(414) 271-2656
RSVP: mcage@mkelgbt.org

Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, December 1, 2011
11:00am – 1:00pm
Arizona State University – Historic Post Office
522 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
RSVP: Region9ORD@hhs.gov

Philadelphia, PA
Friday, December 2, 2011
10:00am – 12:00pm
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Ledger Building
150 S. Independence Mall West
Conference Room 415
Philadelphia, PA 19106
RSVP: aryanna.abouzari@hhs.gov by November 30th

Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth St SW, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA  30303
RSVP: Ordatlanta@hhs.gov


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