Monthly Archives: August 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Seeking Transgender Individuals to participate in a study examining experiences of gender affirmation

 

  • Do you identify as a trans man, trans woman, genderqueer, two-spirit, man or woman of transgender experience, or similar trans identity?
  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 50?
  • Have you experienced another person recognizing your gender identity and saying or conveying so in a way that was positive for you in at least two contexts (for example, with friends, family, partners, service providers, at school, or at work)?
  • Are you available for an in-person interview in the San Francisco Bay Area?

 If so, you may be eligible to participate in a one-time interview for the Gender Affirmation Study. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Interviews will be conducted by a female-bodied gender variant graduate student. Eligible participants will be compensated with a $30 gift certificate to their choice of a selection of businesses owned and operated by trans individuals as thanks for participation.

If interested, please contact Anja Bircher at (415) 871-4752 or abircher@alliant.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENT: LGBT & Aging Conference: Equality: Opportunities Now

What does Culturally Competent Care post DOMA look like? The striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act has far reaching implications for the LGBT community, including federal taxes, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare. Also learn about best practices, HIV in older adults, local resources and more.

Keynote Speaker: Shane Snowden

Date: October 23, 2013

Location: Santa Clara

Registration Fees:

Early Bird = $99 — Register by September 30 and Save!
General = $119
Senior/Student = $50

 

Continuing Education Credits are an additional $15 for each group.

NEWS: Social Host Ordinances and the Issue of Underage Drinking

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“At OJJDP Experts Address Best Ways To Tackle Issue of Underage Drinking”

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the united states, playing a significant role in the United States’ youth homicide, suicide, and violent crime rates. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee encourages officials from both law enforcement agencies and the justice system to form partnerships with local community groups in order to address this issue. Listenbee also said that it is vital that advocacy organizations never think of children as “mini adults”.

Advocates need to have a sharp focus on science-based strategies, emphasizing the most effective, evidence-driven approaches. Click here to read more about what OJJDP experts say are the best ways to tackle the issue of underage drinking.

“BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over”

Drug Free Action Alliance has developed a program to hep colleges educate their students on the responsibilities and consequences of social hosting. The program addresses an issue univeral to all college campuses and communities, is easy to implement, and comes in a user-friendly Program Kit that is available here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: NCPP Policy Advocacy Work Group First Meeting September 5, 2013

Interested in changing your community through passing a policy that will help reduce youth access to alcohol from the retail environment? Learn more about what you can do in Daly City, California and Pacifica, California!

Please contact Mary Bier for any questions and/or to RSVP for the meeting.
E-mail: marykbier@gmail.com
Phone: (510)364-8438

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NEWS: Study finds that high-fat/sugar diets during mothers’ pregnancies put babies at risk of drug and alcohol abuse

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The animal experiments showed that offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults, drank more alcohol, and also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs.

The majority of women int he U.S. at child-bearing age are overweight, most likely due to overeating. Because of the rising prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs, Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist at the University of Florida, supports looking into all the possible causes of these problems.

This phenomenon is likely due to how overeating foods that taste good alters brain reward systems while diets with excessive fat and sugar can lead to increased appetite as well as some addiction-like behaviors.

In related news, another research study saw a bump in substance abuse treatment during pregnancy. Treatment is crucial since “any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women which promotes the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for low-income women and their young children.

Click the image below to visit the SAMHSA website to learn more.

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