The Power of Collaboration: Addressing the Lack of Access to LGBTQ Tobacco Cessation Programs

November 11, 2021

Join We Breathe and partners for a webinar on the rate of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community, why affirming tobacco cessation programs are needed, and how to create them. Speakers will discuss how powerful collaborations between statewide organizations, regional projects, and research institutions can address the lack of access to LGBTQ tobacco cessation programs in conservative areas and across the state of California.

Healthcare professionals and providers, LGBTQ+ serving organizations, and anyone interested in learning how to create culturally competent tobacco cessation services and programs are encouraged to join.

WHAT: We Breathe & Partners Host a Webinar on Tobacco Cessation Programs for the LGBTQ Community

How powerful collaborations can support the LGBTQ+ community in their quit journey.

Learning goals include:

  1. Identify the individualized reasons LGBTQ clients may utilize tobacco products and factors leading them towards higher rates of tobacco usage.
  2. Strengthening confidence between the LGBTQ community and cessation programs.
  3. Understanding the importance of cultural competency and identifying LGBTQ champions within your organization.
  4. Navigating challenges and barriers when creating affirming and culturally competent LGBTQ spaces.

WHO: Dannie Cesena (he/they), MPH – LGBTQ Program Manager, We Breathe
Dr. Ian Holloway (he/him), PhD, LSCW, MPH – UCLA Luskin School of  Public Affairs
Sandra Hernandez (she/her) – Operations Manager, Kick It California
Anabel Bolanos (she/her), MPH – Program Supervisor, Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Jaina Pallasigui (she/her), MPH – Tobacco Cessation Manager, Anaheim Regional Medical Center
Antonio Viramontes (he/him) – Director of Prevention Services, LGBTQ Center Orange County

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
10:00 – 11:30 am (PST)
Note: Zoom link will be provided upon RSVP
Facebook Live: Available on the California LGBTQ HHS Network’s Facebook page

About We Breathe

We Breathe provides expertise on working with LGBTQ communities, preventing and reducing tobacco use among LGBTQ Californians, and addressing tobacco-related health disparities within LGBTQ communities, to help funded projects reach their goal to eliminate tobacco use by 2035 in California. Our work aims to:

  • Facilitate connections between statewide LGBTQ+ stakeholders, projects and resources to support tobacco-free communities;
  • Create LGBTQ-specific educational materials for events, social media, presentations, and news articles;
  • Support opportunities for local partners to educate elected officials; and
  • Identify policy and system change strategies and priorities for preventing and reducing tobacco use among LGBTQ Californians.