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June Wellness: LGBTQ+ Health and Be Lyme Smart

 


 

Pride%20Month.jpgIn honor of June being Pride Month, we will be focusing on LBGTQ+ Health. “People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.

In addition to considering the needs of LGBT people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to this population. Social inequality is often associated with poorer health status, and sexual orientation has been associated with multiple health threats. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for several health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers [1-5]. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience” (Source: About LGBT Health, www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/about.htm).

Stigma and discrimination have a negative impact on LBGTQ+ mental health causing increases in major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder. Acceptance in the workplace and access to resources such as EAP- Employe Assistance Programs serve to support all employees. Having a supportive group of friends and family members is often key to successfully dealing with the stress of day-to-day life and maintaining good mental health.

 


 

Tick.jpgBe Lyme Smart

As we enter a month full of sunshine and warmer weather, we all should be headed into the great outdoors of New York. When you are headed outside be sure to screen for ticks that can transmit infection only after they have taken a “blood meal” from their host.  Preventive measures include wearing long pants and sleeves, applying insect repellant, showering within two hours of outdoor activity, throwing your clothes in the dryer for one hour on high heat, and checking your pets.

See the attached flyer for more information on symptoms of Lyme’s disease and what to do if you find an attached tick? We recommend carrying a tick kit in your car with fine-tipped tweezers and alcohol wipes. A sticky lint roller across all your clothes after finishing a hike but before entering your car can help remove some hitchhikers who haven’t found open skin.

 


Additional Resources

Resources for LGBTQ+ Patients- This link takes you to a page full of resources and links that may be of interest to LBGTQ+ patients.

Coming Out to Your Doctor- One of the keys to good healthcare is being open with your healthcare provider.

The Trevor Project- offers several resources supporting the mental health of LGBTQ young people, including self-care guides and articles regarding mental wellness.

Being An LGBTQ+ Ally- This resource can help you build understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and issues, and that you can use this newfound knowledge to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.


Upcoming Events

June- Healthy Selfie Challenge- Take a picture of yourself doing something healthy. It could be alone, with others, or with your pets! Healthy activities can be as simple as drinking water or as challenging as climbing a mountain! Be creative, have fun, and stay safe. Two entries per day and each entry will enter you to win a NYS Empire Pass- access to all NYS parks. Entries can only be submitted after June 3rd until July 1st. Register by emailing hcwellness@tompkins-co.org and see flyer for details.

July 15th 12:00 PM- Eat Healthy, Be Active Lunch and Learn with a SNAP-Ed New York- Southern Finger Lakes Region Nutritionist- This class will teach you about MyPlate concepts, healthier meals, and snacks through recipe modifications, eating healthy on a budget, losing weight, and physical activity. Email knw38@cornell.edu or call 607-664-2303 to register.

July 9th 9:00 AM- Making the Most of Your Health Plan Virtual Class- Attend this live webinar to learn all about the tools and resources you have as an Excellus member including telemedicine, wellbeing deals and discounts, preventive screenings and more! Email hcwellness@tompkins-co.org to be sent the webinar link.

July 18th 12:00 PM- Making the Most of Your Health Plan Virtual Class- Attend this live webinar to learn all about the tools and resources you have as an Excellus member including telemedicine, wellbeing deals and discounts, preventive screenings and more! Email hcwellness@tompkins-co.org to be sent the webinar link.

August- 10-Day Real Food Challenge- This challenge is designed to introduce one new      challenge each day, building on previous activities. At the end of 10 days, you will have incorporated and practiced different eating habits and dietary strategies, which may lead to long term change. See the attached flyer for details and to register email hcwellness@tompkins-co.org.

September/October- Flu Clinics- See the upcoming schedule. Registration links will be posted as the dates come closer. 

Dive deeper into your wellness journey by following our Facebook page, GTC Municipal Health Consortium for more wellness information throughout the year.