Thursday, February 19, 2015

LGBT Health Care Bill of Rights


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LGBT health disparities will not be finished overnight.

Corey Prachniak was the instigator for a document that would explain to LGBT people what they should expect when they see a medical provider, what rights protect their access to quality care, and what they can do if they are wronged. And we based it all on one starting principal that, while simple, is also critical in our collective fight for justice:
Queer people are not receiving quality health care, and they deserve to be.


Our lives matter, our bodies matter, and our sexualities and genders matter. They matter to us, and they should matter to our providers to inform and improve care. It starts with education, and if we can't educate every doctor, nurse, and administrator in the country, we can at least educate ourselves.


Here is the link to this so important article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/corey-prachniak/lgbt-healthcare-bill-of-rights_b_6171016.html?utm_hp_ref=lgbt-wellness


Follow Corey Prachniak on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LGBTadvocacy   


 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Know your rights

As we begin the new year and consider how we want to live in 2015, it’s a great idea to consider how you want your health to be and any new health care changes coming your way. Maybe you would like to speak with a counselor about stress in your life, are expecting a new baby in the family, or are due for your first mammogram this year.
We meet with medical professionals for help and trust their expertise. But it’s also important to know your rights when it comes to your health care. HealthCare.gov shares information with us about new rights and protections we all have, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
How the health care law protects you
Here some additional rights and benefits, and information on how to protect yourself from fraud when you apply for insurance:
On top of what HealthCare.gov outlines as protections in the Affordable Care Act, there are protections and rights that directly support people who identify as LGBTQ. In 2014, LGBT HealthLink partnered with PROMO Missouri and lawyer Corey Prachniak to create the Healthcare Bill of Rights - a short document summarizing LGBTQ rights in the healthcare world now.
The creators of the Healthcare Bill of Rights write:
Your personal life and relationships affect your health more than you realize, so your doctor and other providers need to know your story.
We should all feel safe talking about our sexual partners, sex lives, sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity.
  • Learn how to file a complaint if you’ve faced discrimination.
  • See how you can find a medical provider who will respect your rights and identity.
  • Read how you can plan for your future care with a healthcare power of attorney.

Read the Healthcare Bill of Rights here



Learn more about the Healthcare Bill of Rights and its history here. And if you want your very own copy of the Healthcare Bill of Rights, check out the different versions available here

Friday, December 19, 2014


Stress Strategies

 
 
From coping with the holidays, to dealing with the darker and shorter winter days, to the ongoing stress that results from care-giving, many of us experience stress on a regular basis and have different ways to cope with it.

Today, the Office on Women's Health and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine hosted a live conversation on Twitter about stress - they called it a #stresschat. Want to catch up on the conversation? Go here. Many different people and organizations have been participating in today's conversation on Twitter. Here are some resources people shared that I am finding helpful.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) helps us understand what
stress actually is:

Stress is a physical and emotional reaction that people experience as they encounter changes in life. Stress is a normal feeling. However, long-term stress may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems including digestive disorders, headaches, sleep disorders, and other symptoms. Stress may worsen asthma and has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

NCCAM also talks about relaxation techniques we can all use to reduce tension and address the stress we are experiencing. Different techniques include deep breathing, guided imagery and meditation. Want to learn more? Check out these five things to know about relaxation techniques for stress.

The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health says, "If you’re alive, you experience stress." How true that is.
A little bit of stress is ok, but chronic stress can have long-lasting impacts on our health. Dr. Susan Lord, a Kripalu Healthy Living faculty member and expert in mind-body medicine, says we can "transform stress by intentionally activating the relaxation response, which increases blood flow to the brain and releases chemicals that make your organs slow down." And that' a good thing.

There are seven steps she suggests to activating our relaxation response and increase our mindful living:

1.    Develop self-awareness via yoga and meditation.

  2.    Express yourself creatively.

3.    Be here now. Live in the present moment - not too much in the past or the future.

4.    Find community.

5.    Identify stressful thoughts and beliefs. Eavesdrop on your internal dialogue. Just noticing will prepare you to start shifting stressful thoughts and beliefs to more positive ones.

6.    Do experiments: "Identify one concern you have about your life or health, and come up with a new way to deal with it."

7.    Avoid judgment. Notice when you start to criticize yourself and others, and be kind instead.

These are all great tips that you can use to care for yourself. But what about when you have someone else to care for, as well? AARP talks about when caregivers experience a lot of stress - and what to do to take care of yourself and the other person you're caring for.

AARP has their own list of 10 tips. Here are just a few!
  ·         Put your physical needs first. If you're not caring for yourself (eating well, getting enough sleep,   
          getting regular medical check-ups...), you wont' be in any shape to care for others.
·         Ask for help.

·         Get organized. Develop a system with calendars and to-do lists to help you stay on top of it all.

·         Take a break. You deserve it. Really.

We all experience significant stress at some point in our lives. It is so important that we take care of ourselves, model self-care to others, and be there for others who may be going through a tough time. What are some strategies that work for you? What is one new thing you plan to try to manage the stress in your life?
 
Wishing you a wonderful and relaxed holiday season
and an exciting and healthy new year!!

Friday, June 27, 2014


Rainbow Banner on Broadway in front of the All Pilgrims Church
 
Special shout out to one of our providers. Come and see her tomorrow at the healthfair.

B.E.S.T. Energy Healing

Linda Rasmussen - Vertical Energy Worldwide
Linda Rasmussen is the founder and CEO of Vertical Energy Worldwide, a self-development and training company. Since 1983, she has taught innovative tools and techniques that help individuals and teams function more authentically, energetically and effectively. Rasmussen is an accomplished speaker in the field of self-development. In the course of her career, she has created and coordinated large scale events for well-known organizations such as the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Seattle Center, and YWCA.
Linda Rasmussen is an Elite Master B.E.S.T. (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique) Practitioner. She is a Certified Trainer in the Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense. She believes that all people are capable of making positive changes for their health, happiness and success.
B.E.S.T. is a light-touch energy balancing modality that helps the body heal from injury, disease and emotional distress by clearing energetic interference.
Two of our loyal volunteers
 

Tomorrow is the big day, great time to give Kudo's....

 
The T-Shirts are here the party can start!!
 
Hereby I want to take the opportunity to thank all the folks and organizations who make this event happen!!
 
To start with the Rainbow Health Committee, who were a pleasure to work with and who did an excellent job putting the whole health fair together.
Jen Peters, meeting facilitator, volunteer coordinator.
 Sarah Eckman, provider liason
Nixon VanJustice, logistics coordinator
Sara Jaye Sanford, administrator
Ingrid Berkhout overall oversight.
 
A special shout out for all the volunteers for the day off, thank you!!!!
 
The First Baptist Church has graciously and free given us a place to gather
for our meetings.
The All Pilgrims Church which over at least 13 years out of the past 16 years has been the most welcoming and accomondating place to have our health fairs.
The YWCA Community Affairs team, which helped with all the advertising.
 
Our grantors and sponsors:
The Pride Foundation
The Faygele ben Miriam Fund
The Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate
Swedish Breast Center
Dyna Care
Cedar River Clinic
Girlie Press
The Seattle Gay News
The Stranger
The Lesbian
Starbucks on Broadway and Republican
 
Where did our raffle items come from??
Seattle International Film Festival
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Rat City Roller Girls
Babeland
Nixon VanJustice
 
 
Have a happy, healthy, fun and queer Pride!!
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Who does not like to get a relaxing massage or a facial???


Massage
Zoe Bermet is a caring and intuitive practitioner whose goal is to help your body and mind achieve a deep state of relaxation. She provides a safe and comfortable space for you to get the most out of your massage whether this your first massage or you receive massage on a regular basis. Zoe tailors each session to your individual needs; no two sessions are alike. She can work lightly or deeply depending on your preference, but approaches each session with a calm and gentle presence. She draws from a variety of styles including Swedish, myofascial release, and cranio-sacral. Zoe is a former doula and is certified in pregnancy massage. She is also trained in intra-oral massage, which is an effective treatment for people with jaw tension or TMJ disorders. She looks forward to working with you.

 A hug a day keeps the doctor away!!


 Massage
Ellen Sims is a gifted and Certified Craniosacral Therapist, Licensed Massage Practitioner, and Spiritual Guide. She has 19 years of health care experience beginning with her personal healing journey that lead to seeking avenues of higher education and alternatives to health and wellness. She received her trainings from Bastyr University, Bellevue Massage School, New England School of Homeopathy, and Sundust Oracle Institute. Her dedication to health care, love for life, and openness to Spirit, creates a safe and loving space for healing. The blend of medical knowledge, life experiences, and intuition make for a unique and truly holistic approach to hands-on healing. She shares this passion through teaching, speaking, writing, and within each individual session. Ellen created Divine Roots Wellness in March of 2012 with the mission of providing a safe and educational space for others to explore their own journey.

Massage
Dreamclinic is Seattle's trusted source for quality award winning massage. The clinic was founded on the belief that all people deserve to have health and well-being and furthermore that health and well-being are achievable. Dreamclinic's mission is to serve as a trusted business entity providing services and education that promote a natural approach to health.

Skin Care
Sugar Plum Spa is Western Washington's leader in Sugaring Hair Removal services and Organic Skin Care and Facials. Sugaring Hair Removal is the fastest, safest, most environmentally friendly and least painful method of hair removal on the market today. Proudly serving the LGBT communities, Sugar Plum will be providing information and special offers at the fair. We invite members of the trans community in particular, to stop by to receive information about Sugaring as removal of unwanted body hair can be a challenge or obstacle we want to help you overcome. Everyone deserves to feel great in their body and receive services in a warm and accepting environment.Sugar Plum Spa is that place."


Elder Care
Beth Davis from Home Health and Hospice will be providing information and support for folks who want to complete an Advanced Directives to Physicians document. Beth is currently working towards opening an LGBT-welcoming Adult Family Home, Pride House, to provide care and housing for those who require assistance with daily living.


 

Get your questions answered about health insurance, diabetes, haz.mat.

 

Emmanuel Rivera - Haz Mat
My program’s website is www.lhwmp.org, this is part of King County. My Indoor Chemical Hazards project focus is reducing exposure and use of harsh cleaners and indoor pesticides. I provide “Cleaning with Caution” workshops throughout King County mainly focusing on underserved communities such as recent immigrants, and ESL groups.
 
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association(ADA)’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA is the leading provider of diabetes information in the country and has free educational programs for all people affected by diabetes. The ADA also works in the diabetes community with advocacy efforts and provides significant funding to the latest diabetes research. For more information about diabetes and the ADA, please visit www.diabetes.org. The Diabetes Research Group is a local nonprofit conducting research to better understand why people develop type 2 diabetes and other diseases related to obesity. Currently, the Diabetes Research Group is embarking on two new diabetes studies and are recruiting participants with diabetes or pre-diabetes, the latter a high risk condition for the subsequent development of diabetes. These groundbreaking studies, www.risestudy.org and www.gradestudy.org, will help determine the best treatment within the early stages of diabetes and approaches to potentially reverse the progression of the disease.
 
Emelia Udd from the YWCA Health Access department will give non-bias information about the new affordable health care act. She will be able to enroll you into Apple Health or other insurance options. Ask Amelia and get informed. You will find her at the BABES Network table.

A local nonprofit organization founded by community health centers, we made a commitment more than 20 years ago: To improve the health of our communities by making quality health care accessible to all Washington State residents. As the only local, nonprofit Managed Care Organization in the state, we continue that pledge today through our mission, which is to deliver accessible managed care services that meet the needs and improve the health of our communities.


Jerusha Grey - Allstate
Allstate Maple Valley is a female staffed agency. Our number one goal is to create an environment where people of all walks of life feel respected and protected. Insurance can be confusing. We are here to stand along side our clients as an advocate as they walk through this process. We are truly in the people business. Insurance is just the vehicle that gets us there. We are excited to meet everyone at the Rainbow Health Fair. Stop by our booth and say hi.
 
Amariah Gonzalez - New York Life
Do you have a firm financial strategy? Wish you had a guide through the maze of planning financially for the future? If your answer is yes - or even maybe - than I welcome you to come and say hi! I am Riah Gonzalez and I specialize in financial strategy and retirement planning. As a representative of New York Life, I am able to leverage the resources of a Fortune 100 company for the optimum benefit of my clients. I look forward to shaking your hand!