September- Are You Ready for Fresh Starts?🍂

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National LGBT Cancer Network is looking for a couple of youth groups across the country to be part of a pilot project for youth to get advocacy training in mental health and tobacco. For more information Click Here -->      World Suicide Prevention Day

"An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. The 10th of September each year focuses attention on the issue, reduces stigma and raises awareness among organizations, government, and the public, giving a singular message that suicide can be prevented by creating hope through action”

--> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting
  Letting go of vaping won't be easy but it's worth it!  "Just for the record, darling, not all positive feels positive in the beginning."  --> Community News 
  •  Suicide Prevention Resources: The Trevor Project , Montrose Center , 988 Lifeline
  • Connections: Trans Lifeline , PFLAG
  • The Montrose Center offers free tobacco cessation services targeting the LGBTQ and HIV communities. For more details. Click here 
  • Tony's Place drop-in shelter for LGBTQ and ally youth is back in Montrose. Read more
  • Normal Anomaly launch billboards around Houston proclaiming “Black Trans Women Deserve to Grow Old”. The goal is to heighten the conversation around Black Trans women during a time that they are historically overlooked.
  • Panel Conversation Sept. 15th 1pm- IdentiTea: I am Transgender, But That's not my Sexuality. Register here 
  • Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that progresses to a widespread rash on the face and body. Contact a medical provider if a person believes they were exposed.
  • Houston Asthma Prevention and Control Program has recently added an online Tobacco Cessation Resources webpage. Check it out
--> Tobacco Endgame  Young people across the country are sharing their stories and making a difference in their communities.  Intersection of Nicotine Addiction and Mental Health

Today, mental health issues are on the rise, particularly among youth. And the tobacco industry continues to find new ways to infiltrate and target these populations. Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Breathe with Pride Houston Coalition Meeting Wrap-Up

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Breathe with Pride Houston August Coalition Meeting  --> August meeting wrap up 
We discussed...
  • Great presentation from Gabriel Glissmeyer, Project Specialist, with National LGBT Cancer Network The Impact of Tobacco and Policy on LGBTQ+ Health.
  • Gabriel discussed the intersection of Tobacco and the LGBT+ community. 
  • The history of target marketing and menthol flavoring to the LGBT+ community.
  • The sponsorship of LGBT+ events by the tobacco companies. 
  • Advising medical professionals addressing the Trans Community since smoking has been the gatekeeper of starting hormones or approving for surgery.
  • National LGBT Cancer Network is working with High School GSA Programs to empower LGBTQ+ youth advocates in public health and social justice (Outspoken).
  • Tyra Montour with Texas A&M provided an update on the survey emailed to the coalition members for feedback.
  • The survey was sent out August 1st to coalition members and will close Aug 22.
  • Dr. Farber discussed trainings for tobacco dependence, youth, and cultural competency with medical professionals.
Coalition attendees include: Gabriel Glissmeyer, Mark Evans, Tiffany Winters, Carolyn Presley, Maria Murillo, Tyra Montour, Dr. Harold Farber, Ahmad Charles, Shimarah Mehrotra, Dr. Irene Tami-Maury, Latoya Ellis, Dr. Aftab Hashim, Julia Ketelsen, Shout out to our new attendees!-Robert Williams and Marleen Martinez  

We appreciate your time and input! 
  -->      Get involved! BWP Houston would love to collab with the community on achieving the goals/activities. Review BWP Houston Workplan   --> U of H LGBTQ Resource Center
University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center has informational handouts. This information can help deepen the understanding of Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer / Questioning issues and about being an "Ally".
 

  

--> -->                Share BWP Houston!
We want to continue to connect with local community leaders and organizations. Share our monthly newsletter and coalition meetings with the community. BWP webpage! BWP Email !

  --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.

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LGBT Cancer Network will present "The Impact of Tobacco and Policy on LGBTQ+ Health".
Email breathepride@houstontx.gov to register and receive details. -->  
  • August 10th LHI Houston will have a community dialogue on Big Tobacco. For more information Click here 
  • Project ECHO: TEACH (MD Anderson) provides tobacco education and cessation strategies to clinical providers. Videoconference is 12pm every other Tuesday. Learn more
  • Health Research: Trans Health + Stigma Research gender-diverse health study. Click here
  • Vaping and E-cigarettes: A Toolkit for Working With Youth. (PDF)
  • Houston Health Department is focusing on proactive strategy to protect at-risk individuals from Monkeypox with vaccine. 
  • Grant funding opportunity: Action 2022 is awarding grants to organizations for Promoting Community Solidarity through Language Justice. Learn more
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month which highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
BWP's Technical assistance partner, Texas A&M University, is developing a short survey for our coalition members to provide feedback. Please be on the look out and give your honest opinion.  --> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting
I love my body!
 I choose to be smoke free.
I refuse to let temporary stressors impact my long term health. -->  Comms Crash Course: Using Social Media for Public Health Communication .

Social media is the new public health communication tool. Learn effective methods to capture your target audience.  --> An Equal Chance at a Smokefree Life:

Ellie describes developing asthma from secondhand smoke exposure at work.  Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Breathe with Pride Houston Coalition Meeting Wrap-Up

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BWP LGBTQ2IA+ Tobacco Prevention July meeting wrap up 
We discussed...
  • BWP June outreach efforts for Pride Month
  • Plans for an upcoming survey from Texas A&M to the coalition members for feedback.
  • Coalition members will receive BWP action items at future meetings to work on.
  • BWP's webpage will be undergoing updates soon; members were asked to review the webpage and provide suggestions.
  • BWP will add tobacco cessation resources for local and web based LGBTQ+ affirming organizations to the webpage (PDF). 
  • Feedback from the coalition on work plan activities.
  • Open discussion on how to strengthen BWP coalition as we move forward.  
Coalition attendees include: Mark Evans, Tiffany Winters, Carolyn Presley, Maria Murillo, Maria Cisneros, Iyin Ojekunle, Kristen Garcia, Tyra Montour, Dr. Harold Farber, Jorge Sanchez, Shimarah Mehrotra, and Era Steinfeld.
We appreciate your time and input! 
  -->                            Houston Pride 2022  Breathe with Houston was on the move during Pride month. We were able to connect with the community through:
  • Flas National HIV Testing Day Health Fair
  • Legacy Third Ward Open House at Law Harrington Senior Center
  • Houston Pride Festival 2022 HHD disseminated information regarding tobacco prevention/cessation, HIV/STI, Monkeypox, and surveyed festival goers on the impact of COVID-19.
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We want to continue to connect with local community leaders and organizations. Share our monthly newsletter and coalition meetings with the community. BWP webpage! BWP Email !

  --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.

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Email breathepride@houstontx.gov to register and receive details. --> Breaking Barriers for Black Trans Leadership in Houston      Congratulations Joelle Bayaa-Uzuri Espeut for being elected to the The Caucus as the first elected Black Trans woman to serve on its board. Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus was founded in 1975 and community changemaker Bayaa-Uzuri Espeut won her seat in 2022.  Read More --> News and Resources  --> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting I'm free to heal.
I will always have triggers but I will make a plan to handle life stressors without nicotine.   -->  A Conversation with Faith Leaders: Standing Up and Speaking Out Against Tobacco   --> American Lung Association Webinar: Transgender Cultural Fluency & LGBTQ Lung Health Disparities  Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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June-Love, Peace, and Understanding 🌈

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Join us! --> Houston's First Black Queer Music Festival The Normal Anomaly Initiative presented Black Queer AF, Houston’s first Black LGBTQ music festival, on April 30. Black Queer AF Music Festival featured a full list of local and national artist/entertainers to party with a purpose. Black Queer AF Music Festival closed out Houston Splash Pride celebration.     -->   Breathe with Pride Houston wants to make an impact on Houston Pride 2022. If you're organization is hosting an event and would like Yes Quit pamphlets please let us know. We want to promote tobacco prevention and cessation all over the city! --> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting:
Everyday I'm getting closer to becoming healthier and appreciating my life without smoking. I'm motivated to being my own superhero. I will never give up and always will try.  --> Who's being targeted?: Tobacco-Related Disparities 
  • Historically, the marketing and promotion of menthol cigarettes have been targeted heavily toward African Americans through culturally tailored advertising images and messages.
  • Menthol in cigarettes is thought to make harmful chemicals more easily absorbed in the body, likely because menthol makes it easier to inhale cigarette smoke.
  • African American adults have the highest percentage of menthol cigarette use compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
  • Tobacco companies use price promotions such as discounts and multi-pack coupons—which are most often used by African Americans and other minority groups, women, and young people—to increase sales. Read More
-->  World No Tobacco Day 2022: Tobacco: Threat to our environment. Tobacco kills over 8 million people every year, and it also destroys our environments needed for health and wellbeing. Post-consumer tobacco waste harms our environment. Houston Pride Month 2022
  "Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals. But why is Pride Month celebrated in June?"  Learn More Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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May the 4th be with You⭐

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Breathe with Pride Houston is working to prevent and protect from the harms of tobacco in our community. We would like your suggestions on our Workplan activities. Please contact us with your input!   --> Resources
  • Asthma Awareness Month May- Click here to learn how to manage asthma and have an Asthma Action Plan .
  • The National LGBT Cancer Network has launched Welcoming Spaces- LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility training designed specifically for healthcare professionals. Register here  
  • Truth Initiative is offering a webinar on May12th- Nicotine Nation: How the Tobacco Industry may be addicting a new generation and keeping Americans hooked.  
  • No Menthol Sunday May15th- is The Center for Black Health & Equity’s annual faith-based observance day. Read More 
  • World No Tobacco Day May 31st- This campaign is a call to action to advocate for effective policies that will hold the tobacco industry accountable and prevent environmental harms caused by tobacco.  Read More
--> New City of Houston Smoking Ordinance  --> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting: Every day in every way I feel happier and healthier, I prefer to breathe fresh air every day, and my lungs are feeling better each day. --> --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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April- Connect, Support, and Thrive🌱

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For more details --> Resources
  • Walmart reported it made a "business decision to end tobacco sales in some markets. Read more
  • FDA CTP has released four new poster series with the option to co-brand! Click here (and image) for more information.
  • What Are They Smoking Now? April 14: 12PM-3 PM Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth is hosting a free virtual workshop for END's usage trends among teens and young adults. Register here
  • Hatch Youth is a social group dedicated to empowering LGBTQIA+ youth between the ages of 7 and 20. Read more about the programs offered. Hatch also offers a Resource guide for trans/gender diverse youth.
  • Rutger's Tobacco for Tobacco Studies has an Online Surveillance System & Archive of Tobacco Products & Marketing Materials, Trinkets &Trash  Artifacts of the Tobacco Epidemic.
--> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting:
 "Let go of any negativity telling that you can’t. And when there is any moment of self-doubt remind yourself that Actually, I can”.
  --> Pssst....We got a question

Now that we have your attention, Breathe with Pride Coalition's meeting attendance has decreased. Please let us know what we can do for more participation. Together we can make a nicotine-free Houston!  

--> Think before you puff! 

Smokers aren’t just putting themselves at risk. Secondhand smoke can harm those around them, including pets. -->  The tobacco industry often depicts its products as stress relief. The common misconception that nicotine is a stress reliever may be rooted in the cycle of nicotine withdrawal. Read more -->


BWP's next Coalition meeting is April 13 at 12PM --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Welcome March-Bloom where you are planted 🌷

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For the scheduled meetings visit the Houston Asthma Coalition website.  --> Anti-Nicotine News
  • How Big Tobacco used Women's equality struggle to sell cigarettes- Major tobacco industry ad's target women with the linkage of freedom and empowerment to smoking.  Read More 
  • CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers Returns With Powerful New Ads-The Tips campaign continues to tell powerful stories about real people experiencing smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll these conditions have taken on them and their loved ones. Read more
  • American Lung Association State Tobacco Control 2022 report evaluates Texas with an "F"  regarding efforts for eliminating nicotine use. 
  • Tobacco use in Texas 2021- Truth Initiative  has released state fact sheets detailing smoking by regions.
--> Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting: Learning that tobacco companies targeted gay men living in low-income neighborhoods gave me all the motivation I needed to quit"-Ziggy. 
National LGBT Cancer Network is helping the Queer community reimagine a smoke-free future. --> Join the discussion

Breathe with Pride's LGBTQ2IA+ Tobacco Prevention Coalition CHNA is complete and we're now developing a workplan to accomplish the goals to reduce and/or eliminate tobacco health-related disparities in LGBTQ+ community. We need participation of the community. If there's any suggestions on how to increase engagement please let us know. 

--> LGBTQ+ Cessation Study UTHealth is currently recruiting LGBTQ+ Texans for a study called SmokefreeSGM to learn about how people respond to help with quitting delivered over text messages. The study team is looking for ways to get the word out for recruitment among Texas-based tobacco control partners.   -->  Vaping: Know the truth is a free digital learning experience to educate America’s students about the health dangers of e-cigarette use. Learn More about Youth Vaping Prevention & Quit Resources. --> OUR MISSION Breathe with Pride Houston Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative works to reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities by engaging in scholarly research, providing leadership at the city level to support smoke-free policies, and working in partnership to bring community-based interventions.  Check us out --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Quitting is an Act of Self-Love ❤

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The aim of this program is to provide tobacco education, consulting and cessation strategies to clinical providers through the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model. Project TEACH is available for all health care providers seeking to provide cessation treatment for tobacco and nicotine products. For the scheduled sessions visit MD Anderson website. Continuing education credits are available for those who attend. --> FEBRUARY EVENTS AND RESOURCES
  • Queer Tips and Affirmations for Quitting: "Smoking decreases the effectiveness of gender-affirming hormones...and don't we all want to be amazing?" National LGBT Cancer Network is helping the Queer community reimagine a smoke-free future.
  • Lesbian Health Initiative's February Workshops:
  • AAMA's Drive-thru community mobile food distribution: February 15, 2022; 204 Clifton St. Houston, 77011 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Allergy Asthma Network host Living Well with Asthma Virtual Event Series: Stress Relief and Meditation for Better Breathing  Watch
--> What is Menthol? Menthol is a popular additive in tobacco products since it lessens the harsh flavor and intensity of cigarettes and/or vaping. Learn why this can make quitting even harder.  --> New vaping risk

We know vaping has numerous negative impacts on lungs, but did you know it could increase risk of impotency for men? Read more

--> What does quitting feel like? Recognizing the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can help you cope. Learn More about what you could feel as your body rids itself of the toxins in tobacco products. -->  “While You Were Streaming: Nicotine on Demand,” Truth's Initiative's fourth annual report looking at tobacco imagery in entertainment, finds that young people watched more video content than ever before in 2020 with smoking and vaping imagery lit up their screens.  Read more --> OUR MISSION Breathe with Pride Houston Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative works to reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities by engaging in scholarly research, providing leadership at the city level to support smoke-free policies, and working in partnership to bring community-based interventions.  Check us out --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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  • Health Resolutions: It's hard to believe 2022 is here. Here are some tips to stay accountable for your new year's resolutions. Write down a list of the top priorities you want to accomplish in the new year. Place the list in a high visibility place to keep top-of-mind throughout the year.
  • Breathe with Pride Coalition Meeting: We will reconvene starting February 2022.  If you're interested in attending please contact us
  • AAMA's Drive-thru community mobile food distribution: January 18, 2022; 204 Clifton St. Houston, 77011 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Public Health is currently running a pilot study called SmokefreeSGM to develop a text-message program to help current LGB smokers. Click here for more information. 
--> Out Proud Free Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to early nicotine use due to trauma. We also see how vulnerable populations have been given misinformation, sold products based on this misinformation, and ultimately are more susceptible to using tobacco products. Read More --> The Tobacco Atlas Tobacco kills millions each year and costs society trillions of dollars. Yet we have the proven tools to fight this scourge at every single stage of a tobacco product's existence. The Tobacco Atlas is a resource to help us understand both the problems and their solutions. Click here for more info. --> Smoking is a Drag High rates of tobacco use within the LGBT community are due in part to the aggressive marketing by tobacco companies that sponsor events, bar promotions, giveaways, and advertisements. Tobacco advertisements in gay and lesbian publications often depict tobacco use as a “normal” part of LGBT life. Read more --> My Vaping Mistake: Alexander Real teens. Real consequences. Watch how vaping affected Alexander’s life. --> OUR MISSION Breathe with Pride Houston Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative works to reduce tobacco use among populations with the highest burden of tobacco-related health disparities by engaging in scholarly research, providing leadership at the city level to support smoke-free policies, and working in partnership to bring community-based interventions.  Check us out --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. provides transportation to and from job interviews, temporary assistance for transportation to employment, and transportation to and from doctor’s and counselor’s appointments.. Read More --> DECEMBER EVENTS
  • December Health Observance: Resolutions- December is the month to explore a variety of subjects, including awareness of health conditions , safety issues, and ways to promote a healthy lifestyle (make a quit plan to stop smoking). 
  • 12/01: Rosa Parks Day, Giving Tuesday, World AIDS Day (Watch City of Houston's HTV World AIDS Day Remembrance)
  • 12/08: Breathe with Pride Coalition Meeting - *CANCELED* Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!
  • 12/09: Beyond the Binary- A social discussion group specifically for Non-Binary, Genderqueer and Gender Non-Conforming to share and discuss their perspectives! Click here for more information 
  • 12/09: Webinar- Stress and Cigarette Smoking among Black and Latinx Adults with Psychiatric Disorders
The Houston Health Department recently re-launched the Houston State of
Health
data portal, an interactive tool created to help people, cities, and
planners learn and explore the health status of our city. Read more --> Dispelling Myths about NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can double a smoker’s chances of quitting smoking. The likelihood of staying quit for more than six months is increased when a smoker uses NRT according to directions. However, there are many incorrect myths that may influence smokers away from considering NRT when quitting. Factsheet

-->  Texas Key Facts  In 2019, 21.8% of Texas high school youth reported currently using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. Among Texas high school youth4.9% reported currently smoking cigarettes. More Facts
  --> --> More resources
  • Motivation to Quit Smoking for LGBT Communities: Quit Guide
  • Vape-Free Schools Initiative: Tools and Resources from the American Lung Association (ALA) 
  • Behavioral Health and Wellness Program: This comprehensive toolkit to address tobacco use in correctional facilities offers evidence-based assessment, prevention and treatment strategies. Dimensions: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers Serving Justice-Involved Populations
  • Testing is still FREE -Even if you're vaccinated, it's important to get tested if you experience COVID-like symptoms to stop the spread of the virus. Find a free COVID-19 testing site near you or by calling 832-393-4220. No appointment is needed.
  • Breathe with Pride Houston would like to announce and/or attend your LGBTQ+ community news and/or outreach events. If your organization has upcoming events please Contact us 
--> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Healthcare Advocate. OutSmart Magazine feature on a longtime advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. Read More --> NOVEMBER EVENTS
  • 11/8: Tobacco Working Group - Year-end discussion at 11:30 a.m. To participant please Click here Meeting ID: 713 126 76 Passcode: 9cLcku
  • 11/10: Breathe with Pride Coalition Meeting - If you're interested in participating with our coalition, Contact us.
  • 11/10: LHI Community Dialogue at The Montrose Center. Learn more
  • 11/18: The Great American Smoke Out - Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. It leads to more than 480,000 deaths each year. Smokefree.gov
--> Burning Love: Big Tobacco Takes Aim at LGBT Youths

Secret tobacco industry documents lay bare the industry's targeting, seduction, and recruitment of minority groups and children. They also unmask Big Tobacco's disdain for its targets. Read the report.

--> Tobacco Use and Wellbeing Masterclass The stigma around mental illness and substance use challenges can contribute to increased symptoms and reduced likelihood of receiving and accessing treatment. Research has shown that addressing biases and shame can increase understanding of symptoms and encourage utilization of services. Watch now. --> --> More resources
  • Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Provider Toolkit
  • Breathe with Pride Houston would like to announce and/or attend your LGBTQ+ community news and/or outreach events. If your organization has upcoming events please Contact us 
--> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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Check us out --> OCTOBER EVENTS
  • Healthy Lung Month. Smoking can damage the lungs, which can turn the lung tissue a darker color than healthy lung tissue.  
  • Breathe with Pride Coalition Meeting. Thank you to all that attended our kick-off coalition meeting. If you're interested in participating with our coalition, contact us.
  • The Montrose Center: Beyond the Binary. Biweekly social discussion group. Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
  • Achieving Health Equity Through Just-Right Digital Health Platforms webinar. Watch now.
  • Social Media Toolkit: How to reach diverse communities
  • Spotlight on Texas Pride Impact Funds: 21 LGBTQ organizations receive grants
--> --> The Truth Initiative LGBT individuals may experience disparities that stem from social stigma and discriminatory treatment. On top of that, there is a different kind of disparity in the LGBT community that is often overlooked: disproportionately high tobacco use rates. Read the report. --> Breathe with Pride is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. -->





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