by Scout, Ph.D. Director, Network for LGBT Health Equity At The Fenway Institute
Local CTG Grantees Have One Month To Modify Action Plans
Remember how (just minutes ago) we posted that leaders are urging local disparity leaders to demand partnership in the newly awarded $100M of Community Transformation Grants (CTGs)?
Well good news is, many of the new grantees are right now modifying their action plans! CDC has asked for the new plans to be submitted to them by end of January. This means right now is a perfect time to contact the people who got the award locally and urge this partnership. Clock is ticking!
Who to Contact and How
The entities below are the CTG grantees who have to submit modified action plans by end of January. We have contact information for each of them, or you can just google it and call the top person. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the direct contact information.
|Broward Regional Health Planning Council (Florida)|
|City of Austin Health & Human Services Department (Texas)|
|County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (California)|
|Denver Health and Hospital Authority (Colorado)|
|Douglas County Health Department (Nebraska)|
|Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (Minnesota)|
|Illinois Department of Public Health|
|Iowa Department of Public Health|
|Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (California)|
|Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (Kentucky)|
|Maine Department of Health and Human Services/Maine CDC|
|Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene|
|Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve state minus large counties)|
|Massachusetts Department of Public Health (to serve Middlesex County)|
|Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation (Missouri)|
|Minnesota Department of Health|
|Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services|
|New Mexico Department of Health|
|North Carolina Division of Public Health|
|Oklahoma City-County Health Department (Oklahoma)|
|Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Pennsylvania)|
|Public Health Institute (to serve the state of California minus large counties)|
|San Francisco Department of Public Health (California)|
|Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)|
|South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control|
|South Dakota Department of Health|
|Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (Alaska)|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (Washington)|
|Texas Department of State Health Services|
|The Fund for Public Health in New York (New York)|
|University Health Services, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin)|
|University of Rochester Medical Center (New York)|
|Vermont Department of Health|
|Washington State Department of Health|
|West Virginia Bureau for Public Health|
What to Ask
- CDC urges you to address health disparities with this award. Do you have LGBT communities identified as a disparity population this CTG award will target in your Action Plan?
- CDC requires that you have a “Leadership Team” that includes reps from disparity popuations. Do you have LGBT people on your Leadership Team for the grant?
- CDC requires you to do extensive data collection for evaluation. Are you collecting LGBT status as part of your demographics?
- CDC requires 50% of these funds to be regranted locally. Are you planning on funding disparity community based organizations with these regranted monies? (versus just health departments)
- Are you integrating a full range of disparity populations in the Action Plan, Leadership Team, and regranting plans?
- If no to any of the above – Why not? We can help you fix this, provide data, people, groups, etc. What will it take to make this change?
- LGBT people smoke at rates from 35% to almost 200% more than the local population
- If we haven’t collected local data on this disparity – why do you think the national LGBT disparity data don’t apply to us?
- Remember, even for the exercise/nutrition components of this award, if we change the main population, but don’t integrate disparity populations into that work, this could build a new disparity.
- LGBT people, and all of the overlapping disparity populations have the ground forces, and policy change organizing skills you need to change local health policies. AKA If you’re trying to change local policy without us, it’s like leaving some of your best racehorses in the stable.
- If LGBT people and/or other disparity groups are not being included — shine a spotlight on this fact, get press, post a blog about it, share with your membership. If a policy gap is widely known, it’s more likely to be fixed.
- Identify what allies you might have above the grantees, like the Commissioner of the local health department, or allies in the Governors office, etc. Telling them about this gap can also help fix it.
- Reach out to and partner with allied disparity population leadership to approach the grantee together, remember that parable about one stick and a bundle of sticks!
- Remember you’re trying to partner with the local grantee, ask the hard questions, ask them loudly if need be, but offer solutions, you want to be the people who can fix a problem for them. You’re trying to build a working relationship here.
ASAP, the groups above to turn in their new plans by end of January! It’ll be much harder to get inclusion once those plans are turned in.