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Fenway Focus
February 2019
Moving Fenway Forward

Every day, our dedicated employees are working hard to not only protect, but improve the health and well-being of our communities – and this month is no exception. We’d like to highlight some of the great work being done by Fenway Health staff, here in Boston and across the globe.

Jayson Duley, CPP, Fenway Health Director of Safety and Security, has been appointed co-chair of the Boston Community Health Center (CHC) Emergency Preparedness (EP) Committee.

The CHC EP Committee develops and promotes the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of community health centers within the City of Boston and the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR). The Committee is dedicated to the diverse populations served by community health centers, and strives to utilize technology to create new and more effective ways to protect these communities. Congratulations, Jayson, on this appointment! Read more here.

Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Co-Chair and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute, presented on HIV prevention and LGBTQ health at the University of Malaya on Saturday, January 19.

Dr. Mayer led two important discussions: an introduction to the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) service at Fenway Health and a health care practitioner’s guide to the care of Sexual & Gender Minority (SGM) patients.

Earlier that week, Dr. Mayer also presented at the 21st Bangkok International Symposium on HIV Medicine. He led several discussions around topics such as implementing PrEP and identifying STIs. Congratulations to Dr. Mayer on these great speaking opportunities! Read more here.

Finally, a Fenway Institute policy brief, co-authored by Sean Cahill, Tim Wang and Bishar Jenkins, demonstrated that in his second year in office, President Donald Trump continued to promote discrimination against LGBT people and people living with HIV. The policy brief, “Trump Administration continued to advance discriminatory policies and practices against LGBT people and people living with HIV in 2018” can be read here. The brief has been picked up and reported on by a wide range of national news outlets.

“In just two years, we have witnessed the rollback of rights and protections that took decades to win. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to estimate the full extent of harm now taking place,” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute. “It is undeniable that LGBT people and people living with HIV are now much more vulnerable to discrimination in health care, social services, employment, education, and access to basic government services.” Read more here.

Fenway Health Unveils Plaque Honoring Donors on New Medical Floor

On Tuesday, January 22, Fenway Health officially unveiled our Men’s Event and Dinner Party 2018 5th Floor Dedication plaque, located on our newest medical floor at 1340 Boylston St. The plaque lists the names of the 280 donors who pledged $500 or more to Fenway Health at our 2018 Men’s Event and Dinner Party as part of our fundraising challenge. Altogether, attendees donated $460,000 to Fenway Health as part of this challenge.

The funds raised from the challenge helped us to continue to grow and see even more patients over the past year. We are humbled by and incredibly grateful for the support of these and all of our Fenway Health donors.

The next time you are at 1340 Boylston Street, stop by the 5th floor and check it out!

24th Annual Taste of the South End Brings Celebrated Chefs Together for AIDS Action Benefit – Get Your Tickets Today!
Exciting news for food lovers: tickets are now on sale for the 24th annual Taste of the South End! The South End’s premier food and wine event will take place Tuesday, March 19 at the Cyclorama of the Boston Arts Center. Attendees will enjoy small plate culinary creations from the top chefs in Boston’s favorite “foodie” neighborhood. The popular event will also feature live cooking demonstrations, a diverse selection of wine, beer, and spirits to taste, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the lifesaving work of AIDS Action. Philanthropy never tasted so delicious!
CDC Study Finds High Suicide Risk Among Transgender High School Students
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 2 percent of high school students identify as transgender, and 35 percent of transgender students have attempted suicide in the past year.

NBC News spoke with Katharine Sloss-Hartman, a staff member at Youth on Fire (YoF), a drop-in center for homeless and at-risk teens and young adults in Cambridge. YoF is a program of AIDS Action that provides a broad spectrum of vital services, supports and opportunities for youth ages 14 to 24.

“It’s easy to forget about folks who aren’t part of the visible, large institutions, like schools,” said Sloss-Hartman. “We should always hope that people have more than one support system. Being forgotten and not having that community can be deadly.”
Archives Of Sexual Behavior Dedicates Special Issue To Legacy Of Dr. Judith Bradford
The Archives of Sexual Behavior, the official publication of the International Academy of Sex Research, has dedicated this month’s special issue on bisexuality to the life and legacy of Dr. Judith Bradford, former Co-Director of The Fenway Institute and pioneer in LGBTQ health research, who passed away in 2017.

The paper was edited by Dr. Wendy Bostwick, Adjunct Faculty Member at The Fenway Institute and Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dr. Brian Dodge, Adjunct Faculty Member at The Fenway Institute and Associate Director at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at Indiana University. Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Co‑Chair and Medical Research Director of The Fenway Institute, wrote an editorial piece for the issue highlighting the incredible impact Judy had on LGBT health.
Support Fenway Health and Have Fun Doing It!
The 2019 Fenway Health events season is officially underway. There’s no better time than now to book your seat at The Men's Event or The Dinner Party for an evening of fine dining, thrilling auctions, and world-class entertainment!

Our signature events are so much more than just fabulous nights on the town. Every ticket sold goes toward the lifesaving services of Fenway Health – services that support people like Akila, a courageous asylum seeker and client of our Violence Recovery Program (VRP).

Getting to America was scary, but I was also looking forward to feeling safe… The people that work in the [Fenway Health] VRP were so welcoming and really helped me to know all my options. I got to have my own advocate that I met with weekly, in addition to a counselor. The advocate helped me with the process of applying for asylum and even helped me with things like food, clothing, and finding a lawyer. - Akila

Read more of Akila’s inspiring story here.

When you buy a ticket to The Men's Event or The Dinner Party, you help Fenway Health make a real difference in the lives of community members like Akila. This is your chance to do good while having a blast!
A Word From Our Sponsor Karyopharm Therapeutics
Karyopharm Therapeutics is an innovation-driven pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines aimed at improving the lives of patients with cancer. We proudly support Fenway Health and their mission to enhance the wellbeing of the LGBTQ community through access to the highest quality healthcare, education, research, and advocacy. Only through our shared values of innovation, courage, resiliency, and inclusiveness will we be able to fully support our patients and communities.


Sponsors as of 2.8.2019

Platinum Sponsors

Beth Isreal
Ropes & Gray

Gold Sponsors

Boston University
Harvard Pilgrim

Silver Sponsors

Athena Health
Berkshire Bank
IVF New England
CCRM Boston
Citizens Bank
Eastern Bank
Morgan Stanley
Rockland Trust
Webster Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Boston Foundation
Boston Red Sox
Brooks School
Cityside Subaru
Dowling & O'Neil.
Eaton Vance.
Joblin Younger Tax Law
Kletjian Foundation
Locke Lord
Samuels & Associates
WB Mason

Media Sponsor

Boston Spirit


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