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Check Your Baggage: Engaging Young People

Let’s face it – we adults come to the table with a lot of baggage. We have many years (perhaps decades) of knowledge and experiences that inform every decision we make. I don’t know about you but I love giving advice to a young person about all my lessons learned even when that advice might not have been specifically requested which is pretty much always (#sorrynotsorry). Sometimes, we, as adults, need to take a step back and learn a thing or two (or 100) from the young people we live and work alongside and check our baggage at the door.

For those working in agencies and organizations looking to better serve or involve young people – this process begins with authenticity.

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Working Towards Trans Inclusivity

Today marks the start of Transgender Awareness Week and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th – a solemn day across the US and the world. Each year, folks across the globe take a step back and create space to honor the memory of folks who lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence. This year alone in the US, 25 transgender or non-binary people were brutally murdered – and they primarily have been trans women of color. The 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance is on November 20th. To learn more about this memorializing event or to find a vigil near you, please go to https://tdor.info/.

While we can’t end anti-transgender violence overnight there are things you can do right now that can improve the lives of not only transgender folks but for everyone.

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Championing Health Equity

Lately, there’s a been a lot of buzz around the term “health equity” and I’ve been asked countless times by folks working at various organizations and agencies how an individual can advance health equity when they are only one person working in a larger (often bureaucratic) system or institution. Often times my response to those questions is that large scale change starts with individuals like you.

Yes, it does. As cliche as it may sound – change starts with you. Below are 4 steps you can take advance health equity within the system you’re working in or with.

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