Celebrate LILCI, 2007 Grand Marshall group, Long Island
Pride Parade and National Cancer Survivors Day with a donation to
LILCI’s ChipIn for Healthy Pride
Act now with a donation of any size - our goal is $5,000
during this Pride Month campaign June, 2007. We all know
what it’s like to feel powerless, that our actions can’t
really change the things we want to change. ChipIn is about beating
that feeling. LILCI can make change, but not without your help!
Your support is needed today to sustain LILCI’s programs and
services and to help LILCI continue its efforts. We can’t
achieve LILCI’s mission with out your help. ChipIn is hassle-free!
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About The Long Island Lesbian Cancer Initiative (LILCI)
LILCI was founded by women who could not find services sensitive
to them as lesbians and that struggle for sensitive services continues
today. It's a big job and we've only just begun.
Our communities face barriers to care that include discrimination,
misinformation and exclusion. Thus, the ability to manage one’s
health, and to access timely screening, diagnosis, and treatment,
Services targeting heterosexuals often have limited impact
on our communities. For example, heterosexual women commonly seek
womens health services for their reproductive and birth control
concerns. Since these are not issues for most lesbians, routine
breast and cervical exams are often missed.
barriers to health and wellness come at a price. Lesbian women
are more likely to discover cancer at a later, more dangerous
stage of the disease than heterosexual women. In 1994, the CDC
identified lesbians as an underserved population and recommended
targeted cancer interventions.
Health Disparities and Culture:
Health Disparities are determined and measured by three
health statistics – incidence (the number of new diagnoses),
mortality (the number of deaths), and survival rates (length
of survival). Health disparities occurwhen
one group of people has a higher incidence or mortality rate
than another, or when survival rates are less for one group
than another. 1
Culture can be thought of as an integrated pattern of
learned beliefs and behaviors that are shared among a group
of people. Beliefs and behaviors include styles of communication,
ways of interacting, views on roles and relationships, values,
practices, and customs. 18,19
Culture shapes how we explain and value our world; it is the
lens through which we give our world meaning.20
Many people may think of culture primarily in terms of
their culture of origin\the environment and belief systems within
which they were raised. Beyond cultures of origin, people are
influenced by the many group cultures to which they belong.
These can include kinship networks; ethnic, gender, or sexual
orientation identity groups; religious affiliations; social
classes; geographic regions; occupation; and disability.21
These variables influence us in many ways and are reflected
in what we think about health care and the people who provide
we understand that individual health and community wellness are
dynamically intertwined, LILCI's purpose is to eliminate
health disparities through education, advocacy, research and services.
Programs range from immediate support needs, such as peer support
services, to eliminating heterosexism and homophobia from health
care through cultural competency training and supporting our communities
inclusion in health research. LILCI is proud to be a grassroots,
social justice, nonprofit organization dedicated to health and
wellness with emphasis on cancer.
FG, Hedrick HL. Increasing awareness and implementation of cultural
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LS, Fantone JC, Hermann J et al. Improving cultural awareness
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20. Nunez AE.
Transforming cultural competence into cross-cultural efficacy
in women’s health education. Academic Med.2000;75:107-80.
BB. Promoting cultural competence in HIV/AIDS care. JANAC.1996;
worked to positively impact issues surrounding health and wellness
in our communities since 2000."