On October 12–13, 2011, GRIOT Circle, in collaboration with the POC Committee of the Leadership Council of ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN), will bring together national leaders in aging for a first National Convening of its kind: highlighting the needs and concerns of LGBT elders of color, an historically and currently underserved population.
This first National Convening of Aging Professionals will provide insight into economic and health disparities that can characterize people of color LGBT elder communities, a population that continues to heavily bear the brunt of stigmatization and social isolation. Areas to be covered include: Social Security, housing, supportive services, HIV/STD prevention, culturally competent research and training, health literacy disparities, ethno-geriatrics, policy reform, and other challenges for LGBT elders of color. An intended outcome will be the creation of a National Professional Network around people of color LGBT Aging.
Confirmed participants/attendees include:
GRIOT Circle, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1995, addresses the needs and concerns of LGBT elders of color in New York City. Fifteen years later, GRIOT Circle continues to be the only LGBT organization in the nation that exclusively serves LGBT elders of color ages 50 and older. GRIOT is proud to be one of the leading voices on this historic occasion marking a decided shift in the health care paradigm for LGBT elders of color. For more information contact Glen-Michael Francis, Executive Director, GRIOT CIrcle, and member of the Leadership Council of LAIN, ASA’s LGBT Aging Issues Network; Glen-Michael can be reached by phone at 718-246-2775. For more about the Convening and Griot Circle, visit their website.
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