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YMSM Project Newsletter – May 2015

Advocates for Youth Newsletter

Feature: Safe Space, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBT Youth

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released a video resource guide that can be used for professional development opportunities. After having school staff view the video, local education agencies can use the resource as a training tool in follow-up meetings or in supervision. Safe Space, Safe Places features five LGBTQ youth describing how trauma has affected their ability to feel safe when seeking services and highlights how bias impedes optimal care. NCTSN presenters discuss specific steps that professionals and organizations can take to create safer and more welcoming environments for LGBTQ youth experiencing trauma. To access the video click here.


Capacity Building and Professional Development

STD Prevention Science Series Webinar – Public Health in a Hostile Environment: Racial Inequality and STD/HIV in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention and the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association have partnered to bring you the latest research and best practices for STD prevention with the STD Prevention Science Series. Please join the CDC on June 4, 2015 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET for the next STD Prevention Science Series when Dr. Adaora Adimora presents on the impact of racial inequality and social determinants on the process of designing interventions and performing research. To register for this webinar click here.

2015 School Health Conference. The 89th Annual School Health Conference hosted by the American School Health Association will take place October 15-17, 2015 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, FL. To submit an abstract for this year’s conference, click here.

Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS. Boston College School of Social Work will conduct the 27th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS during May 21-24 2015, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The theme of the conference is “Staying Relevant in an Era of Great Change — Challenges and Opportunities for HIV/AIDS Social Work.” Over 500 HIV social workers from across the country and abroad are expected. There will be over 100 presentations in various conference formats such as general sessions, brief reports, posters, individual workshops, and conversations about best practices. To learn more about this conference click here.

The National LGBT Health Education Center on Demand Webinars. The National LGBT Health Education Center offers over 20 on-demand webinars on topics such as Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Electronic Health Record: Why and How.

Plus webinars on the following topics:

  • Introduction to LGBT Health
  • LGBT Health Care Under the Affordable Care Act
  • LGBT Youth
  • LGBT Older Adults
  • HIV Prevention
  • Transgender Health Care
  • Cross-Gender Hormone Therapy
  • Same-Sex Domestic Violence
  • And more!

To register for the National LGBT Health Education Center click here.


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Article. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup partner NASP is publishing a series of articles in its Communiqué professional newspaper on gender and school psychology. The current article, Understanding Diversity of Sexual Development–Part I: Biological and Social Issues, was co-authored by workgroup member Matthew Malouf. To review this resource click here.


Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex. This report, based on interviews with 283 youth in New York City, is the first study to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW) who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, such as food or shelter. The report documents these youth’s experiences and characteristics to gain a better understanding of why they engage in survival sex, describes how the support networks and systems in their lives have both helped them and let them down, and makes recommendations for better meeting the needs of this vulnerable population. To read more about this study click here.

HIV Prevention Messages Targeting Young Latino Immigrant MSM: Researchers at the University of WA partnered with the community-based organization, Entre Hermanos, to conduct community-based participatory research in an effort to develop a campaign to reach Latino MSM. The campaign was executed by the social marketing firm, Activate Brands, based in Denver, Colorado. The authors of this research article (a) described the development of HIV prevention messages through the integration of previously collected formative data; (b) described the process of translating these messages into PSAs, including the application of a marketing strategy; (c) described testing the PSAs within the Latino MSM community; and (d) determined a set of important factors to consider when developing HIV prevention messages for young Latino MSM who do not identify as gay. This article highlights the value of a collaborative approach to developing HIV prevention messaging for men who have sex with men (MSM). To read this full article click here.

Announcements and News

HIV Medication Decision in Florida May Have Implications in California. A health insurer in Florida last week agreed to lower the price of some HIV medications, moving them from a specialty tier to a generic medication tier. The change will reduce copayments from roughly $1,000 a month for some medications to anywhere from $5 to $100, according to advocates. The momentum of this action It will certainly help the effort to end adverse price tiering in California, which can be a huge barrier for black and Latino YMSM. The change goes into effect in Florida on June 1. To read this article click here.

Four in 10 Millennials Say Their School’s Sex Ed Was Not Helpful: Millennials widely support comprehensive sexual education, but almost four in 10 millennials report that the sex education they received was not helpful, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. To read more about this story click here.



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