LGBTQ Initiative
Strategic Planning Meeting
February 3, 2016
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

On February 3, 2016, LGBTQ organizations and programs met for the first time to develop a LGBTQ Hepatitis Initiative.  The following recommendations were provided, divided in the following categories: 1) Education and Awareness 2) Social Media 3) Community Outreach 4) Advocacy 5) Research/Surveillance

Education and Awareness

  • Hepatitis educational materials should target diverse groups, such as transgender men, women of color, men who may be soliciting sex from trans* women.
  • When creating educational materials, we must keep in mind that people of color may be suspicious of clinical environments. Language in these educational resources should not be condescending.
  • Educational materials should provide detailed explanations of how hormones are injected, the types of needles used, etc.
  • It is important to have specific goals, and a clear message we want to send out – such as promoting vaccination; increasing screening; promoting liver cancer screening for people with cirrhosis.

Using Social Media

  • One option is to do hepatitis advertisements on craigslist, dating/hook up apps on.
  • Advertising on apps or websites can be expensive, but we can look into ways to do these advertisements cheaply. Some apps may allow us to advertise for free, such as Scruff.
  • When advertising on social media, it is important to have a simple call to action to increase “clicks.”

Community Outreach

  • Reach out to immigrant populations, particularly younger people. They can educate their parents about Hepatitis.
  • Focus on Trans* Men, just as we focus on Trans* Female.
  • Collaborate to ensure that LGBTQ people are receiving our information. We need to figure out how to promote our message.
  • Organize events that have a timeline/end date, so that people will show up, such as a LGBTQ hepatitis screening day.
  • Visit health fairs to provide resources to attendees.
  • Because the population we are trying to reach may not attend health fairs, we need to figure out other ways of reaching them.
  • Participate in Pride events throughout the boroughs by handing out resources.


  • Mobilize the LGBTQ community to advocate for insurance coverage of Hepatitis care.
  • Call on providers to advocate for their patients and push for insurance companies to cover Hepatitis C medications.


  • Engage in research to discover who in the LGBTQ community is being infected with Hepatitis.
  • Implement a needs assessment/focus group to see what hepatitis topics we should specifically focus on.

Meeting Presentations and Handouts:

LGBTQ Hepatitis Presentation

LGBTQ Initiative Needs Assessment Survey Results

Hepatitis C: A much more silent disease among Latinos.

New York State Hepatitis C Coalition 2016 State Budget and Legislative Platform

In Attendance: 

Joey Akima, Apicha Community Health Center,

Adisa Yamusah, Harlem United,

Andrew Bonfrancesco, Housing Works,

Anthony Albanese, LGBT Community Center,

Benjamin Gonzalez, Interfaith Medical,

Bobby Tolbert, VOCAL – NY,

Charles Lott, Housing Works,

Darrin Maxwell, Callen Lorde Community Health Center,

John Hellman, BOOM Health,

Juli Owens, Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition,

Keyiana Puryear, Bridging Access to Care,

Kiara St. James, New York Trans Advocacy Group,

Kim Watson, CK Life,

Luis Scaccabarrozzi,  Latino Commission on AIDS,

Lyndsay Smith, Q Center: Queens LGBT Community Center,

Mohamed Amin, The Caribbean Equality Project,

Ronni Marks, The Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group, Inc.,

Russell Perry, Bronx Lebanon Hospital,

Sophia Vargas, CK Life,

Trevor Hedberg, The Ryan Center,


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