LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 23 – March 27.
Alder Health Services is collaborating with YWCA Harrisburg, PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, LGBT Community Center of Central PA, and American Lung Association to present LGBT-specific programs on Health and Wellness, Partner Violence, HIV Prevention through PrEP, Tobacco Use, and support services for HIV individuals and couples.
Programs scheduled throughout the region include:
Mon., March 23, 6-7 p.m., Harrisburg, Partner Violence & How to Know If It’s Happening to You
A panel of representatives from YWCA Harrisburg, PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, LGBT Community Center of Central PA, PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and Alder Health Services will discuss how to know if partner violence is happening to you. Free.
Speakers: Nick Hartman, PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Louie Marvin, LGBT Center of Central PA; MaryAnn Havalchak, Harrisburg YWCA, and Jan Davis, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Tues., March 24, 6-8 p.m., Harrisburg, Preventing HIV Infection – New Choice
Community Consultation on Preventing HIV Infection through Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, a panel discussion with audience Q&A by Alder Health Services at the LGBT Community Center of Central PA, 1306 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, 6-8 p.m. Free. No RSVP required. Panelists: Dr. Jarrett Sell, Medical Director, Alder Health Services, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center; and Dr. Charis James, MD, Resident Physician, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. AHS currently offers PrEP consultations on a one-on-one basis for those interested in PrEP as one form of preventing HIV infection. Dr. Sell is affiliated with Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The purpose of the program is educate the community about this new approach to preventing HIV. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (Tenofovir and Emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
Wed., March 25, 6-7 p.m., Harrisburg, Tobacco & Your Health
Join the American Lung Association and Alder Health Services for a discussion about tobacco use and your health at Alder Health Services, 100 North Cameron Street, Suite 301, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717.233.7190. Free. Speaker is Brandon Miller from the American Lung Association.
Wed., March 25, 5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., Lancaster, HIV and Your Partner
Alder Health Services hosts a support group on “HIV and Your Partner” at Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA. Facilitator is Sakinna Alston, Alder Health Services. Individuals and couples may attend. Participants will learn about HIV basics, how infection occurs, how infection may be prevented, what is and what is not a safer sexual practice. Participants are invited for a 5:30 p.m. free dinner provided by church.
Thurs., March 26, 6-8 p.m, Lancaster, Bridging the Gap, LGBT Health and Wellness
Bridging the Gap, an LGBT Health and Wellness panel discussion with Q&A on health and wellness issues unique to the LGBT community by Alder Health Services at AHS Lancaster Office, 1891 Santa Barbara Drive, Lancaster, PA. Topics include Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Relationships. Free. Presenters are Cassandra Weber, CRNP; Susan Thornsley, MD; Jessica Weiss-Ford, LCSW, Adjunct Professor, Millersville University; Jayleen Galarza, PhD, LCSW.
Thurs., March 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Harrisburg, HIV 101: Health Education and Safe Sex Practices
Alder Health Services presents the basics of HIV, how infection occurs, how infection may be prevented, what is and what is not a safer sexual practice. Facilitator is Samantha Dock, Alder Health Services, 100 North Cameron Street, Suite 301, Harrisburg, PA 17101, 717.233.7190.
For more information on LGBT Health Awareness Week programs, call 717-233-7190.