National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.
Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988. – White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative

50+ Influential Latina Women – Parade
Sonia Sotomayor and 9 Other Latina Pioneers in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries – Biography
13 Hispanic Women Who Changed the World – Reader’s Digest
Pioneering Latinas Who Made Important Contributions to US History – Remezcla
7 Exceptional Hispanic Women – Women at the Frontier
15 Famous Latinos Who Will Inspire Your Kids – Parents Latina Magazine
Hispanic-Latinx Milestones – History
Latino-Americans Timeline – PBS

September is Polycystic Ovarian (Ovary) Syndrome Month

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance and metabolism problems that may affect their overall health and appearance. PCOS is also a common and treatable cause of infertility.”  Office on Women’s Health – US Dept of Health & Human Services

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Fact Sheet – Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Diabetes – CDC
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
PCOS Awareness Month – National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

“The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) declared September as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) with a goal of reaching more and more people each year with awareness of all gynecologic cancerscervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal and vulvar cancer.”

“Gynecological cancers encompass all cancers of the female reproductive system, including the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vulva, and vagina. All women are at risk for these cancers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year in the United States, approximately 89,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancers, and over 29,000 die from them. Each gynecological cancer has different signs and symptoms, as well as different risk factors. Risk increases with age.” – American Association for Cancer Research

Major Categories of Gynecological Cancers – American Association of Cancer Research
Gynecological Cancer Quiz: How much do you know? – CDC
Gynecological Cancer Screening Guidelines – Early detection is key – Loyola University Medical Center
Who is at more risk for gynecologic cancer? – The University of Rochester Medical Center

Vaginal Cancer

“Vaginal Cancer starts in the vagina. There are many different types of vaginal cancer, but the most common is called squamous cell carcinoma. It starts in the lining of the vagina.” – American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Johns Hopkins Medicine
US National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
Mayo Clinic

Vulvar Cancer

American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic
Johns Hopkins Medicine
US National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus

Uterine/Endometrial Cancer

“Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Other types of cancer can form in the uterus, including uterine sarcoma, but they are much less common than endometrial cancer.” – U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH), MedlinePlus

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
CancerCare
Foundation for Women’s Cancer

Uterine Sarcoma

“Uterine sarcoma is rare, making up less than 4 percent of all cancers of the uterus. Only 1,200 women are diagnosed with this disease in the United States each year.” — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Ovarian Cancer

“1 in 79 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women. Early detection of ovarian cancer can increase life expectancy up to 95%.” – Teal It Up Ovarian Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus
Teal It Up Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Tell Every Amazing Lady T.E.A.L.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance

Cervical Cancer

“Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix, the lower part of the uterus.” – American Cancer Society

“Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, the body’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small percentage of people, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cervical cells to become cancer cells.” – Mayo Clinic

American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic – “Cervical Cancer Causes and Symptoms” 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
World Health Organization
Medline Plus
Planned Parenthood
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
CWNY’s Interview with Dr. Rochelle Joly, M.D. on Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Support Groups

SHARE — A national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, uterine or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities. (English, Spanish and 17 other languages)
FORCE — Support for people facing hereditary cancer
Bright PinkFocused on helping young women prevent breast and ovarian cancer
Cervivor – Support for survivors and patients of cervical cancer
Cancer Support Community- Gilda’s Club Worldwide — Support for cancer patients or their loved ones by phone, online and in person.
Red Door Community – formerly Gilda’s Club NYC — Welcoming communities of free emotional and social support for everyone living with cancer – women, men, teens, children and their families.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance that highlights the importance of vaccination in protecting public health.  Healthcare professionals, parents, and patients can use these resources throughout the year to learn about staying up to date on all recommended vaccines for people of all ages to prevent serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases across the life span.

National Immunization Awareness Month – Centers for Disease Control
Immunizations – American Academy of Pediatrics
How to support vaccination – National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day August 26, 2021

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting the right to vote to women. The amendment was first introduced in 1878. In 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. – National Women’s History Alliance

The voting rights of Native American women were not recognized until 1924. For Chinese American women, it was 1943, and for Japanese and other Asian American women it was 1952.  While African American women were quite active in the women’s suffrage movement of the early 19th century, they remained barred from voting for decades after their white counterparts. It wasn’t until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, that African American women were granted the right to vote. – Department of Defense Education Activity

Department of Defense Celebrates Women’s Equality Day – Department of Defense Education Activity
Women’s Equality Day – Britannica
4 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – Idealist
Women’s Equality Day Proclamation and Other Resources – National Women’s History Alliance
Why is August 26 known as Women’s Equality Day? – National Constitution Center
Women’s Equality Day – National Women’s History Museum

Equal Rights Amendment

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. Find out the history and which states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment at equalrightsamendment.org

Equal Rights Amendment Explained – Brenn Center for Justice at NYU
Equal Rights Amendment – Why it Matters – Brenn Center for Justice at NYU

August is National Wellness Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched its Wellness Initiative based on a wellness model Dr. Swarbrick created for people with behavioral conditions.

The Wellness Initiative identifies eight dimensions of wellness, along with basic needs related to each one. The dimensions influence one another and affect a person’s overall health and quality of life. The dimensions are:

  1. Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  2. Environmental: Enjoying good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  3. Financial: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  6. Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  7. Social: Developing a sense of connection and belonging; and having a [good] support system
  8. Spiritual: Expanding one’s sense of purpose and meaning in life

What is Wellness? (Global Wellness Institute)
10 tips of a healthy life (Harvard Medical School)
Seven Facets of Wellness (University of South Dakota)
Selfcare tips during the pandemic (Mayo clinic)
There’s No “Right” Way to Do Self-Care (Harvard Business Review)
The importance of self-care during difficult times (Mayo Clinic)
Environmental Wellness Toolkit (National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Social Wellness (University of New Hampshire)
25 tips to improve your financial well-being (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Intellectual Wellness (University of Toledo)
Emotional Wellness (National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Occupational Wellness (Washington State University)
Why Be Spiritual? Five Benefits of Spirituality (Psychology Today)
Social Wellness (Cone Health)

August is National Breastfeeding Month

Deciding whether to breastfeed is a very personal decision. It is based on lifestyle, desire, and health of the mother and baby. A mother may plan to breastfeed but not be able to or it may be too stressful. It is important to speak to a doctor or breastfeeding expert about breastfeeding. – (familydoctor.org)

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)

Breast-feeding: General Information (Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital)
ABCs of Breast-feeding (Stanford Medicine)
Breast-feeding vs. formula-feeding: What’s best? (Mayo Clinic)

July is National Parks and Recreation Month

“Every park has a history made up of thousands of stories that help to define it. This July, let’s tell our park and recreation story and provide opportunities for everyone in our communities to create their own stories, as well.
This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is “Our Park and Recreation Story,” and we want to highlight the stories of how your communities are stronger, more vibrant and more resilient because of parks and recreation. Be sure to follow along and encourage your community to share their park and recreation stories on social media using #OurParkAndRecStory.” – National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Plan a visit to a NYC, NYS or National Park

NYC Parks Activities

Walking Tours

Free Tours by Foot

Governor’s Island

  • Bring a picnic. Food is available.
  • Ferry cost $3 per person round trip. Rent bikes or bring your own. 
  • Spectacular views of NY harbor and the Statue of Liberty

Queens Night Market

  • Choose from local food vendors for an evening of great eating
  • Music performances

Bryant Park

Central Park

  • Guided tours and walks
  • Free entertainment

Types of Parks – Designs and Features (Digital Public Library of America)

NY State Parks

ARTICLES ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PARKS

LGBTQIA+ Health Resources

LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Aromantic, Agender, plus other groups

Callen-Lorde – A comprehensive, sensitive primary and sexual healthcare and wellness center.
Callen-Lorde also provides an affirming environment for trans and nonconforming patients who can receive hormone therapy and engage with a primary care provider and/or a mental health provider to address the full spectrum of health and wellness needs. Comprehensive HIV-related care is delivered by culturally competent specialists, offered in conjunction with care coordination and case management, and provides assistance to patients in navigating housing, health benefits, and immigration issues in order to remove barriers to care.
Chelsea: 356 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011 (212) 271-7200
Bronx: 3144 3rd Ave, Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 215-1800
Brooklyn: 40 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (212) 271-7200
Thea Spyer Center: 230 West 17th St, New York, NY 10011 (212) 271-7200
ON-CALL PROVIDERS: Callen-Lorde Providers are available outside of clinical hours. To contact an on-call provider when the health center is closed, please call 212-271-7200 or 718-215-1800 and you will be forwarded to the call service. All services offered at all locations unless otherwise noted. They accept a range of payment and insurance options including a sliding scaled for the uninsured.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) – World’s first HIV/AIDS service organization working to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
GMHC Main Office & Testing Center
307 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018-9502 (212) 367-1000
info@gmhc.org
Programs include The Trans Equity Health Program which offers workshops on issues specifically relevant to the health and well-being of TGNCNB people. Most services require you to enroll as a client. The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1057 or email: intake@gmhc.org.

Gaycenter.org – The Center provides a range of programs, services and counseling options to help LGBT communities protect and preserve their health.
208 W 13 St, New York, NY 10011 (212) 620-7310

LGBT Care Mount Sinai
Email: LGBTinfo@mountsinai.org
Locations in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery – The Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS) delivers advanced care for transgender and non-binary people.

Planned Parenthood – New York – Transgender services are some of of they provide
1-800-230-7526

LGBT National Help Center – Hotlines, programs, and services
New York City Local Hotline: 212-989-0999

The Trevor Project – The leading national organization with trained counselors and specialists providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
Crisis hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386
Live chat
Text START to 678678

healthywomen.org – Health Care Access for Transgender Women

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual and Transgender Health

HIV/AIDS Resources – click here for more resources

Find HIV Testing & Prevention Services Near You – (CDC)

(CDC) – “PrEP” (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) treatment: daily medication for HIV/AIDS negative people who are at high-risk of getting HIV that can greatly reduce the chance of getting it if exposed

(CDC) – “PEP” (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) treatment: emergency-only medication for people who are HIV/AIDS negative, taken within 72 hours of possible exposure

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – “HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U), or Treatment as Prevention”: “ART” (Antiretroviral Therapy) is a daily medication for people who are HIV/AIDS positive that reduces the amount of HIV in the blood to undetectable levels low enough to be untransmittable