National LGBT Health Awareness Week


Contributed by Priscilla Quirk

National LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 12-18, 2006. The theme of this year's week is "Own Your Health. Get Checked Out."

A project of the National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, the major objective of the awareness week is to encourage members of LGBT communities to be aware of their own health and take concrete steps - such as getting regular physical exams - to become and stay healthy. The observance also seeks to raise public awareness of the unique health concerns, as well as the very real health disparities, among LGBT communities. It also serves to educate medical and healthcare professionals in the area of cultural competency with regard to LGBT health.

Visit the LGBT Health Awareness table in the North Foyer of Campus Center on Monday, March 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and Tuesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon; or call Priscilla Quirk (274-3136) or Lisa Maurer (274-7394) for more infomation. Information on a wide variety of health issues will be available at the awareness table.

To learn more about National LGBT Health Awareness Week visit . Included on the website are fact sheets on topics that all members of LGBT communities should consider discussing with their health care providers. Care about yourself by owning your health and getting checked out, and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same.