Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Second Puerto Rican Pro LGBTT Health Summit: Stigma and its Impact on the Health of LGBTT Communities

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San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Second Puerto Rican Pro LGBTT Health Summit: Stigma and its Impact on the Health of LGBTT Communities, is a platform for initiating meaningful dialogue, expanding knowledge, and proposing proactive actions to understand and address diverse LGBTT realities. In honor of LGBTT Pride Month in Puerto Rico, this year’s Summit will focus on the impact of stigma on the quality of life of LGBTT communities. Stigma is a major underlying cause of health disparities in LGBTT communities, influencing the attitude and services of healthcare providers toward LGBTT patients and perpetuating discriminatory practices that lead to reduced LGBTT access to healthcare.

The Citizens Alliance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Allies Health
(ACPS-LGBTTA) invites the public to attend the Second Puerto Rican LGBTT Health Summit to be held on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Amphitheater of the School of Nursing, Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras.
In preparation for the summit, on Friday morning, June 29th, two four-hour training sessions will be held on the following topics: 1) Cultural sensitivity for health professionals; and 2) Protecting individual health and well-being using social media, a particularly relevant topic for LGBTT youth. Both trainings will be held at the Puerto Rico Cancer Center at the Medical Sciences Campus of UPR.

“The Summit seeks to bring together diverse sectors of society to raise awareness about health disparities and the social, cultural and environmental factors that impact our health. In particular, we seek to engage community leaders, students, health professionals, and government officials in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the mainland U.S. about strategies for improving health outcomes in LGBTT communities,” said Juan Carlos Vega, Coordinator of the Second Summit.

The Summit is supported by several organizations, including: the National Latino Tobacco Control Network, the National Network for LGBT Health Equity, The Schools of Nursing and Dental Medicine and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, the Legacy Foundation, the Latino Commission on AIDS, PR CoNCRA, Lambda Legal, the Medina Press and the Institute of Samadhi Yoga Institute. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at More information on the logistics and contents of the Summit can be found at our website: or our Facebook page:

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