Mission: Our mission is to advance the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer communities through research, education, and advocacy.
Results: We have a wide variety of accomplishments including the development of one of the only LGBT tobacco prevention implementation manuals, a driving force for developing an LGBTQ health provider directory, at least 2 annual signature events that are fun and free to the public. All of our community events are tobacco and alcohol free, too!
Target demographics: LGBTQ people
Direct beneficiaries per year: LGBTQ people in MN, health care providers, students, and general community members that want to learn about LGBTQ health disparities
Programs: *Exploratory research project on LGBTQ youth pregnancy
*Physician-delivered tobacco cessation to HIV+ patients
*LGBTQ Tobacco prevention
*Educational presentations to health care providers
*Development of health policies in LGBTQ organizations
*LGBTQ Youth Leadership and Empowerment
*LGBTQ Pride festival outreach - health and wellness areas
*LGBTQ health provider directory
*LGBTQ Heath and Wellness Coalition
*Volunteer Programs Services
*Annual Fruit Bowl Event
*Annual Healthy Living Photo Contest
I joined the board of Rainbow Health Initiative because it is unique in its mission. We conduct research, educate and advocate for the LGBTQ community so that our health needs may be better served. Health care is an emerging battleground in the fight for civil rights and LGBTQ needs have been ignored too long. I am proud to be part of an organization on the cutting edge and to work with a highly committed board and staff. We are tiny in size but achieve great impact through collaborations and partnerships with numerous organizations and institutions. A dollar at RHI is multiplied tenfold through this leveraging of resources.