Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gettin’ On in PGN: Still Here

April 16, 2015

By Megan Threats, Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles

At the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, people who were diagnosed were expected to live only one to two years after diagnosis. Today, life expectancy for people living with HIV/AIDS has increased tremendously, due in large part to new medications and treatments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 55 and older accounted for almost one-fifth of the estimated 1.1-million people living with HIV infection in the United States in 2010. With the increase in life expectancy for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, there has been a focus on addressing issues related to aging with HIV.

To transform narratives around these issues, the LGBT Elder Initiative is hosting the exciting event, “Still Here: Defiant Aging and HIV” May 23 at the John C. Anderson Apartments, 251 S. 13th St. The event will bring artists, activists, friends and neighbors together for a day of art, storytelling and transformation. Throughout the event, we will take outdated HIV medical materials from the AIDS Library, tear them up, turn them into new, beautiful blank sheets of paper and embed those sheets with community histories of survival, resilience and defied expectations. Transforming outdated medical materials into blank sheets of paper will create a powerful platform for the individuals most impacted by these issues to author their own histories. Each handmade sheet of paper will be sewn together and turned into a beautiful, hand-crafted book that will become part of the AIDS Library’s permanent collection for future patrons to read.
Please find some answers to frequently asked questions about aging with AIDS:

Aging and sexual risk

Q: Do older people living in the United States have the same risk factors for HIV infection as younger people?

A: Yes. Inconsistent condom use, multiple partners and lack of knowledge about HIV and how to prevent transmission are a few of the shared risk factors among older and younger people.

Q: Are women who have gone through menopause still at risk?

A: Yes. Age-related thinning and dryness of vaginal tissue may raise older women’s risk for HIV infection. Women who are no longer able to get pregnant may be less likely to use a condom and to practice safer sex.

Save the Date- Still Here: Defiant Aging & HIV

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Penn’s Village: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Thrive, Connect, and Engage

A Network of Neighbors
 A network of neighbors, Penn’s Village offers an array of services and programs that deliver the support residents need to live independently as they grow older.

The group also provides social, educational and volunteer opportunities to help people 50+ live full and engaged lives in community. It’s turning out to be both a viable and attractive option for those who need some help but can’t or don’t want to rely exclusively on family and friends.

Penn’s Village is part of a growing international movement of community “villages.” The movement began in 2001 with Beacon Hill Village in Boston. There are now more than 150 villages throughout the world, and a hundred more are in the works.

An Innovative Version of “Pay It Forward”
In a variation of “Pay it Forward,” Penn’s Village taps a smorgasbord of local volunteer talent to provide services for “Villagers” who may need help.  Anyone can be a volunteer, whether or not they are a member.

Villagers join Penn’s Village because they want to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods, and want the sense of security that comes with knowing that an extensive network of resources is available to them.

One such Villager is Liz Martin, native Philadelphia and a former Caviar Assouline store manager Given her career, she was often on the receiving end of requests.  Many are the times she had to deal with what she calls “a chef moment,” when one of our town’s high-end restauranteurs needed “truffle oil immediately.”

Liz is living with Multiple System Atrophy, MSA, a form of Parkinson’s disease. You can hear the deep appreciation in her voice when she talks about all the help Penn’s Village has provided her: “Driving me to and from doctors appointments, helping with my move to a new place, help with downsizing, accompanying me to doctors' visits.” READ MORE HERE

Mazzoni's ELIXIR is May 15

Elixir 2015: Celebrating 35 years of LGBT Health & Wellness
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2015 Elixir Honorees
Elixir 2015 Honorees: Franny Price and Michael Tambón
Master of Ceremonies: 

13-time Emmy Award winner
Jim Donovan of CBS Philly News
Jim Donovan

Tickets available at
Water Works

Mill House Deck at Philadelphia’s Historic Water Works
640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130
VIP Reception: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
General Admission: 7:30pm - 11:00 pm

live entertainment · delicious food · open bar · silent auction

Making Your Wishes Clear

A Gift To Those You Love
Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 pm

Penn’s Village is all about living vibrant lives in the neighborhoods we love,  and peace of mind is an important aspect of enjoying each day.

We know that our loved ones need the guidance and protection of important legal documents that designate who can make financial and health care decisions for us and what medical treatments we do and  do not want at the end of life. The all important “will” distributes our possessions and financial assets to the people or causes that are important to us and appoints a representative to make sure our wishes are fulfilled.  

Penn’s Village member, Ellen R. Wase, Esquire, will walk us through what we need to know to make informed decisions and ensure that our wishes will be honored.   Ellen received her JD from Temple University School of Law and also holds a master’s degree in Education from Temple University.  Her expertise and experience include a focus on estate planning with an emphasis on the elderly.  She was also a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and is a past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.   She has been a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and community associations concerned with legal problems related to aging.

We will meet in the Society Hill Towers Community Room in the Plaza of Shops at 261 St. James Place.  The tour is free for Penn’s Village members and volunteers.  We would appreciate a $10 donation to Penn’s Village from non-members and guests, payable at the event.

Please call 215 925 7333 or email mailto:info@pennsvillage.orgto register

Two important webinars from the Nat'l LGBT Health Education Center

PrEP for HIV Prevention: Real World Clinical Case Studies

Date/Time: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2:00-3:00pm EDT 
Faculty: Kevin Ard, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a pill taken once daily to prevent HIV infection in uninfected people. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. Last year, the US Public Health Service released the first comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for PrEP based on evidence from clinical trials. But how does the prescription and management of PrEP translate into real-world clinical practice? In this webinar, Kevin Ard, MD, MPH, will present case studies that illustrate clinical challenges in caring for patients eligible for PrEP, and will discuss controversies regarding PrEP management.

Reducing Tobacco Use in LGBT Communities: How Can We Do Better?
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 5th, 1:00pm ET (12:00pm CT)
Faculty: Phoenix Matthews, PhD, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sponsors: The Arkansas Department of Health

 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people smoke at roughly twice the rate of non-LGBT people, putting them at elevated risk for smoking-related health disparities. In this webinar, Phoenix Matthews, PhD, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will educate participants about smoking disparities among LGBT people, including a discussion of what motivates LGBT people to smoke, what clinicians can do to help LGBT people quit, and what the state of the science says about smoking cessation interventions for LGBT people.  Dr. Matthews is nationally and internationally known for health disparities research with underserved populations primarily focused on culturally targeted cancer risk reduction interventions. Currently Dr. Matthews is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study to conduct a randomized clinical trial of a smoking cessation intervention for adult smokers.

EI seeks Director of Programs and OutreacH

Position Summary
The Director of Programs and Outreach directs the development, planning, organizing and implementation of all programs and outreach efforts for the organization. The Director of Programs and Outreach is responsible for effectively managing the financial and human resources of all programs and will be responsible for recruiting and managing EI volunteers as well as developing and expanding the volunteer program. This is a full-time position reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors

The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) is a grass roots, volunteer-driven, community organization dedicated to ensuring that LGBT older adults have every opportunity to age successfully. Our mission is to foster and advocate for resources, services and institutions that are competent, culturally sensitive, safe, welcoming, and understanding of the unique needs and issues facing LGBT people as we age – at every point along the lifespan.
The LGBTEI advances its mission through advocacy, education, information dissemination, and referral.

Job Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Director of Programs and Outreach include but are not limited to:
  • Develop and implement annual program plans, including goals and strategies, long and short-term work plans, performance measures and evaluations.
  • Work with board and finance committee to develop, monitor and report on organizational and programmatic budgets.
  • Collaborate with Development committee to develop annual and long-term grant-seeking strategies and assist with grant writing as needed.
  • Work with Policy and Advocacy Committee to formulate and implement strategies around coalition building and advocacy efforts.
  • Oversee collection and analysis of programs including participant/consumer evaluations.
  • Monitor and ensure administrative and programmatic compliance with funding requirements.
  • Coordinate LGBTEI education and community outreach programs.
  • Expand outreach efforts to all members of LGBTQ communities, service organizations and community groups, aging service network providers and advocacy organizations.
  • Focus on at-risk, harder-to-reach populations within the LGBTQ communities (e.g. transgender individuals, people of color, people living with HIV).
  • Attend community events to build and maintain positive relationships.
  • Attend Board and committee meetings.
  • Serve as media spokesperson for the EI and its programs; speak publicly on behalf of the EI; present program area knowledge in a variety of settings.
  • Testify before legislative groups/committees and public policy hearings.
  • Work with Communications committee to develop and implement marketing and outreach to LGBT older adult communities.
  • Work with Communications committee (marketing, public relations and community outreach) to develop and implement community information dissemination and marketing campaigns, materials and documents as needed.
  • Responsible for recruiting, management of qualified EI volunteers as well as developing and expanding the volunteer program.
  • Establish strategies to enhance volunteers’ engagement, cultural competency and deep knowledge of LGBTQ community resources.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field (i.e. human services, health, education) strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in project management, communications, grant administration and reporting, program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of aging services and LGBT communities.
  • Excellent analytical, project management, communication (oral and written and public speaking) and relationship-building skills.
  • Highly skilled in communication, community organizing and collaboration.
  • Excellent writing and reporting capacity.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural context.
  • Ability to design and manage culturally inclusive programs and services.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and responsibilities with consistent follow-through.
  • Independent and self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Available for routine and occasional evening and/or weekend hours.
  • Ability to use technology to maintain meticulous documentation.
  • Must have fluency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of graphic and contact management software is preferred.
  • Highly skilled in using CRM software to manage volunteer and non-profit fundraising activities. 

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter with your resume to JOBS@LGBTEI.ORG no later than COB May 22, 2015. Position start date is July 1, 2015.