ATLANTA – Today, in tandem with National LGBT Health Awareness Week, The Health Initiative unveiled a new, streamlined website and released information on two signature events.
Linda Ellis, Health Initiative executive director, explained the importance of the website redesign, “With our expansion to provide services to the statewide LGBTQ community, it was imperative that The Health Initiative experience be as user friendly as possible. We know that any type of obstacle discourages people from accessing health care, including general health and wellness information. The new website creates easier access to Health Initiative services for community members and for health service providers.”
Besides the completely overhauled look of the site, changes include the addition of simple online forms for accessing the Health Fund, signing up for the newsletter, becoming a volunteer, and requesting a support group. Health service professionals can navigate training information, as well as apply to be added to the LGBTQ Friendly Provider Directory. The search function for the directory is now a built in function of every page on the site. Currently being populated, the event calendar provides individuals the ability to have event information, including support group schedules, sent directly to their personal calendars. The new site is also specifically designed to be friendly for mobile devices, including tablets and iPads.
With the unveiling of the website, The Health Initiative released the dates for the Spring Health Fair and the Annual Fall Garden Party. “While we are still in the process of scheduling events for the entire year, we are very excited to announce these two signature events that bring the community together under the umbrella of health and wellness,” Ellis said.
In addition to weekly programming and support group schedules, The Health Initiative hosts multiple community events throughout the year, including wellness activities and social gatherings.
April 28th: Spring Health Fair
12pm-4pm @The Rush Center
Open to all LGBTQ individuals
Free Event – No Appointment Required
Health Fairs include a variety of free health screenings performed by medical professionals. When needed, individuals also receive consult with an onsite doctor and follow up referrals. Uninsured and under insured LGBTQ participants are also provided with information to access the Health Fund for their follow up care. New to the Spring Health Fair is the addition of a health & wellness information series. These 30-45 minute sessions focus on a variety of topics and will occur throughout the event. A detailed list of available screenings and information series topics will be released by April 9th.
September 23rd: 17th Annual Fall Garden Party
4pm-8pm @ Einstein’s Midtown Atlanta
Tickets On Sale: June 1st
The event celebrates 17 years of Health Initiative programs and services supporting the health of the LGBTQ community. Ticket purchases and donations ensure that the Health Initiative will remain a resource for the community as we challenge illness and pursue better health. The event includes a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, dancing, and the presentation of the 2012 Healing Angel Award. Entertainment, ticket prices, award recipient, and other details to be released in late May.
The Health Initiative is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community through education, support, access to care and advocacy. Previously serving the Atlanta lesbian community, The Health Initiative expanded its focus to include gay and bisexual men, as well as transgender individuals throughout the state.
The Health Initiative trains health care providers to ensure LGBTQ Georgians receive quality, competent care and hosts a variety of community programming, including SAGE Atlanta, Domestic Violence Support, Real Bois Talk, Fourth Tuesday, health fairs, and support groups. The Health Initiative’s Health Fund provides access to care for uninsured and under insured LGBTQ Georgians.
Community members in need of additional information, support services, programming, or referrals for LGBTQ friendly health service providers may contact The Health Initiative staff via email, phone or our website: firstname.lastname@example.org / 404-688-2524 / www.thehealthinitiative.org
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
James Parker Sheffield
Director of Organizational Development
The Health Initiative