June 27, 2013

Chicago Department of Public Health Celebrates Pride

CDPH participates in Pride Parade and awards $30,000 to community organizations

Brian Richardson    brian.richardson@cityofchicago.org

Chicago - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) celebrates Pride 2013 as part of its ongoing effort to promote the health and wellbeing of Chicago’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

“Our city is founded on the strength and diversity of its people, and we take incredible pride, not only this weekend but throughout the year, in the contributions our gay and lesbian neighbors make to our communities,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This parade day we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision this week that moved our country forward towards equality and remind state leaders of the importance of doing the same here in Illinois.”

“Pride means celebrating our relationships, our City and our health,” said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. “We are excited to celebrate Pride through a number of special events and announcements that will help improve the overall health and well-being of LGBT Chicagoans.”

On Sunday, June 30 CDPH staff will march in the 44th annual Pride Parade and distribute anti-tobacco materials to attendees. Surveys from the American Lung Association and others show that LGBT people are significantly more likely to smoke compared with non-LGBT people. Reducing tobacco use is a primary objective of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Healthy Chicago agenda, which includes several concrete strategies aimed at the LGBT community.

HIV prevention is another primary objective. Earlier this month, CDPH awarded $30,000 dollars to Chicago community organizations working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. This money will be used to host community events focused on outreach and education about the disease, including a large number of events specific for the LGBT community. A full list of award recipients is below.

Earlier this year Commissioner Choucair appointed 16 community leaders to CDPH’s new LGBT Health Advisory Council, tasked with implementing the 22 concrete strategies included in the City’s LGBT Community Action Plan, developed as an addendum to the Healthy Chicago agenda.

“We work very hard to improve the health of Chicago’s LGBT community every day,” said Choucair. “By working together we can make a difference across our great city.”

Award recipients include: Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, Brothers Health Collective, Center on Halsted, Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Coalition for Justice and Respect, CORE Center, Georgia Doty Community Outreach inc, Hektoen Institute, Howard Area Community Center, Men and Women in Prison Ministries, Public Health Insitutute of Chicago, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Rocks Coordinating Committee, Sankfofa Safe Child Initiative, South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics, TransActions, United Black Pride, University of Chicago and Universal Family Connection Inc.

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