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National LGBT Cancer Network Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by: EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.

Geographic areas served: Entire US

Programs: The National LGBT Cancer Network, Inc was formed to raised the awareness of issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cancer survivors, patients, and those at risk. It was organized and will operate exclusively for the charitable, educational and cultural purposes of raising such awareness.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with the National LGBT Cancer Network has been outstanding. We were fortunate to have a member spend a great informational session with our group of administrators and it was incredibly helpful as we are working to establish our own support group in our area. Can’t recommend them enough- knowledgeable, engaging, compassionate and thoroughly professional.

Jessika R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kk @ The National LGBT Cancer Network delivered an LGBTQ+ 101 to our newly formed mid Hudson proud parents group. The presentation was incredibly helpful for us as parents who are now better able to help other parents. Thank you so much KK

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with this organization has been wonderful! The staff was quick to respond and helpful. While working we are working on other projects together one of the completed projects everyone should enjoy is the podcast that Director of Strategic Partnerships, KK Naimool speaks on. To check it out visit https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/livingbeyondcancer/id/16585904

- Lauren Hixenbaugh, MBA
WV Cancer Coalition, Mountains of Hope

Benjamin B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with the leadership and staff of the National LGBT Cancer Network. In every encounter they have been gracious, thoughtful, and kind. The resources produced by the Cancer Network are high quality and their partnership in my own work is invaluable. I look forward to working with them for years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network is taking on important work - to raise awareness of health issues that disproportionately impact the LGBTQ community, to seek greater representation in all aspects of health care, including data collection, and to advocate for community health needs - that often otherwise do not get the attention needed. Kudos to the dedicated, talented and hard-working staff!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the National LGBT Cancer Network on a few different educational and outreach activities over the last year. They are so supportive, knowledgeable, and passionate about everything we worked on. There is no one else out there doing what they do. It's clear they are making a true and lasting difference by educating medical and public health professionals on improving clinical and cultural competency in service delivery. Looking forward to the continued collaboration.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Network understands the importance of providing LGBTQ cultural competency trainings and how that, in turn, increases outcomes for LGBTQ people and patients. It's crucial that LGBTQ people are included in cancer work, and the network makes sure that LGBTQ are at the table to better cancer/health and wellness care and outcomes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network guides the health promotion work of LGBT community centers and advocacy organizations around the country. They help to highlight health disparities impacting the LGBT community and are excellent partners in creating co-branded campaigns designed to address such disparities in cancer, tobacco use, and COVID-19 infection. It is always a pleasure and a privilege to work with their team.

Adrian10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network provides excellent materials and technical assistance that support so many LGBT organizations and health agencies! So grateful for the team at the cancer network!

Rachel Van S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been familiar with the National LGBT Cancer Network since November 2018. Their intersectional work is much needed throughout communities who get cancer at a disproportionate rate.

This past pride, I virtually attended an event put on by the National LGBT Cancer Network. A Zoom and Facebook live panel and viewing of “What Goes Unsaid”. Hearing the actors of this film share their real experiences, and how those may be similar to their character in the film, was moving and revealing. This event provided something real to connect and talk about during a pride that was different than what we wanted.

Their staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable. I look forward to attending more meaningful events.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with the National LGBT Cancer Network has been exceptional. I have found that their staff is supportive and informative. I have interacted with the National LGBT Cancer Network while representing several different community organizations including the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, C.A.N.D.L.E. Rockland, The Newburgh LGBTQ Center, and LYT Counseling Services. While I have interfaced with many non-profits that address health issues facing the LGBTQ community, the National LGBT Cancer Network is unparalleled in their programs’ quality, efficacy, and content knowledge. These virtues are best exemplified through the work of Mx. Karen Naimool, the agency’s Operational Director. Through their multiple roles— as a professional development educator, a public health advocate, and community stakeholder; Mx. Naimool is a consummate professional, a willing collaborator, and reliable source of contemporary analytic and quantitive data. The work of the National LGBT Cancer Network provides an essential role within the LGBTQAI community, and has far exceeded my expectations on every occasion.

Johanna Simba D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with the National LGBT Cancer Network for the last two years. I am consistently blown away with the level of technical assistance they provide me with for my trainings and with the quality of their research. Thank you for helping me to spread the word and make healthcare accessible for us in the Great State of Maryland! Johanna

Pegah R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently worked together on a program for Rhode Island College and it was such a thoughtful and attentive process. The staff are really approachable and quick to respond. Such a vast amount of knowledge and resource in this one organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Pride Center of Staten Island has benefited from the National LGBT Cancer Network's LGBTQ Cultural Compentency Coordination "Train the Trainer" program. Both trainers who have worked with us have been so knowledgeable, and have modeled how best to implement the LGBTQ Cultural Compentency Coordination curriculum. The training approaches LGBTQ work through the lens of intersectionality, which sets it apart from other examples in the field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network is doing great work in communities across the country. Our organization took their cultural competency training to help us better reach and serve LGBTQ folks with breast cancer. The training was very well done and we learned a great deal about the inequities LGBTQ people face, as well as how best to support them. This is an excellent organization to collaborate with!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just started a center in the mid-Hudson Valley in 2016 and were in need of materials and cultural competency training.

We learned about the cancer network by a staff person who was leading their training programs across the state. We trained with them and go back to the cancer network's archive for updated materials to make sure that we are connected to the most updated information on LGBTQ+ competency.

They are a valuable partner in the field of LGBTQ health and we recommend their materials to partners and community member alike.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network creates excellent curricula and educational materials that we are able to use on a daily basis so that health providers can better serve their community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to take the Train the Trainer with Karen Naimool in Spring, 2018 for the purposes of working with my local LGBTQ+ center. I was so impressed with the high caliber of work that the National LGBT Cancer Network does, and especially with the level of professionalism that Mx Naimool brought to the table that I was confident in recommending that my work bring them in for a training. The Cancer Network did not disappoint and thanks to them we now have begun to disseminate the information to over 1500 employees.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The team at the National LGBT Cancer Network are a vital resource for the LGBT community and for providers who are working towards making their services as affirming as possible. When we need a culturally competency training on a specific health topic or for a specific health audience the National LGBT Cancer Network is a go to source. If its not a training they have developed their staff can make referrals to others in the field.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The LGBT Cancer Network served as "cultural competency" trainers under contract to our organization when we received an award to provide such training for targeted health providers in several suburban communities outside New York City. As turn-around time was limited, we were delighted to have the Cancer Network responsive and available as needed. Over a period of 15 months, they provided training to staff of multiple community-based organizations, offering clear, concise and thoroughly professional training to a wide range of personnel. Together we negotiated schedules, funding, resources and modifications to same as needed. We were extremely please by their professional reporting and accessibility. We highly recommend the National LGBT Cancer Network to be considered a Great Non-Profit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PRIDEnet has worked with the National LGBT Cancer Network for many years as partners working toward the same vision: Quality healthcare and relevant health research for LGBTQ communities. Three of our staff members took their cultural competency training in 2018. I've found them to be incredibly responsive to requests for information and referrals to contacts, competent in providing a training of trainers and maintaining a useful website, and generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

“It is my sincere pleasure to have met members of The National LGBT Cancer Network several months ago and we have been collaborative partners ever since. I have been so impressed with their passion and dedicated work to improve access, cancer screenings and cancer care for the LGBT community. The National LGBT Cancer Network sets the stage with a warm and welcoming spirit, creating a safe environment where everyone's voice is valued and heard. They regularly invite individuals as well as representatives from state and local agencies together to identify and address barriers to healthcare and initiate policy change at multiple levels of healthcare systems, while being mindful to prioritize where funding will have the greatest impact. The work they do locally is always viewed with a lens toward national initiatives, demonstrating the extraordinary vision of the National LGBT Cancer Network.” Cheryl Ann Ferreira, RN

Jaye W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the National LGBT Cancer Network team on a few different educational activities over the past year. There is no one else out there doing what they do. They are a knowledgeable and passionate group of individuals who are making a real difference by educating medical and public health professionals on improving clinical and cultural competency in service delivery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network provides vital information for patients and clinicians! Their cultural competency training program for health and human service providers is invaluably important. This evidence-based information is essential in the training of the healthcare workforce to provide holistic, culturally sensitive, evidence-based care!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Center is a leading advocate for LGBT health and anti-tobacco work, with advocacy around national legislation, national and state-level health data collection, and the dissemination of information about LGBT health and cancer through their very active social media presences.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Scout, Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network Inc., for the first time last June when he presented at the Annual Cancer Summit sponsored by the Partnership to Reduce Cancer in RI, an organization that I direct. One of the topics of the Summit was health disparities and how it is impacting the LGBTQ communities. Dr. Scout's forthright discussion of his own involvement in the health system as a transgender adult and the need to make health services more welcoming and responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community hit a responsive cord with the more than 150 people in attendance. We have subsequently met twice to plan a strategy to create a plan to highlight the issues facing the LGBTQ community and its access to healthcare and measures to remove the barriers. His leadership on these issues has attracted representatives from the RI Department of Health, Lifespan, and Care NE, the latter two, the largest healthcare systems in the state to our meetings. We are fortunate to have his organization headquartered in our state.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network provides expertise and technical assistance to state, territorial, and tribal comprehensive cancer control programs throughout the nation. Our state has benefitted tremendously from this partnership, in ways ranging from standardization of surveillance questions establishing gender identity and sexual orientation to creation of co-branded educational marketing materials designed to help raise awareness of cancer risks among LGBTQIA+ individuals. The staff is a pleasure to work with, and our collaborative work has directly benefitted the people of our state.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network was instrumental in helping our state host its first ever LGBTQ Health Conference with a focus on cancer. Their Deputy Director, Scout, served as an active member of the planning committee, helping to identify committee members and speakers from the community. He also facilitated the conference and presented on resources and technical assistance available through the Network. The conference would not have been as successful as it was if not for the guidance and support we received from the Network. The Network is a tremendous resource and we look forward to continued collaboration with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network is nationally well respected for the work they are doing. They are funded by a large multi-year CDC grant that provides expertise for this very important and vulnerable population. If we are to address the disparities of cancer incidence and cancer related morbidity and mortality, we will need the incredible work of organizations like the National LGBT Cancer Network.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a state wide collaborative of 6LGBTQ community based organizations. We are working to educate our community about the damage that tobacco is doing in our community, LGBT friendly cessation resources and the value of organizational policies to change norms around tobacco in our community. The National LGBT Cancer Network has been invaluable in helping us get started and providing leader ship to all of us working at the state level to coordinate our work. I highly recommend them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network is a distinct organization that addresses little-known cancer and health disparities that are unique to sexual minorities. The information, research, and support they provded are vital to the LGBT community, the medical communty, and the community at large.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The LGBT Cancer Network demonstrates leadership in reducing, and eventually eliminating, the disparity in cancer care between the LGBT community and the straight world. Led by Ms. Liz Margolies, the Network has both passion and clarity that proves infectious. It is simply not possible to hear Ms. Margolies speak and not want to do one's share to help right a wrong.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The primary purpose of The National LGBT Cancer Network is to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors (and those at risk) by doing such things as: (1) educating LGBT people and health providers about cancer risks; (2) increasing awareness of LGBT cancer risks and survivor experiences via the internet and other media; and (3) advocating for high quality research on LGBT cancer risks, treatment and survivorship. However, I think they’ve also done a good job of creating awareness of this issue among heterosexuals. As a Board member last year, my focus was to increase attendance at The National LGBT Cancer Network’s annual benefit, particularly of heterosexuals. Many of the people with whom I spoke had never heard the initials “L.G.B.T.” and had no idea what they meant. I tried to communicate personally with each one of these individuals. I gave them some informative (but accessible) literature that had been prepared by The National LGBT Cancer Network. I described the commitment and passion of Liz Margolies, Founder and Executive Director. I also relayed some personal stories that Ms. Margolies had told me about LGBT individuals who had been treated abysmally by medical personnel and institutions. By the time I finished, nearly everyone had decided to attend the benefit and most of the others made a cash donation. I’ve gone into so much detail because I want to show how many lives The National LGBT Cancer Network has reached, both within the LGBT community as well as outside of it.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

Finally! Here's an organization that's doing something about the how LGBT people in every community are under-served by healthcare providers and under-informed themselves regarding cancer risks and treatment. I'm proud to be a board member. I want my doctors to recognize me as a lesbian with possible risks a heterosexual woman may not have. And, I appreciate the up to date information this organization provides so I can take more informed responsibility for my own health.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The National LGBT Cancer Network is the only organization in the country that addresses the cancer risks and survivorship needs of the entire LGBT community. It is a community-based organization, developed by a lesbian and run with the input of three advisory boards, made up of the best and brightest in LGBT research, clinical practice and health activism