I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn’t vote for the President. And I’m here to tell you that Obamacare works. I’m living proof.

I’m a chemotherapy patient, and was previously paying $428 a month for my health coverage. I was not thrilled when it was cancelled.

Then I submitted an application at HealthCare.gov. I looked at my options. And I signed up for a plan for $62 a month.

It’s the best health care I have ever had.

So right now, here’s what I want to tell anyone who still needs health insurance, or knows someone who does:

Sign up. Follow the instructions on the website. Apply, and look at your options. You still have time, and take it from me: This is something you want to do.

I wrote a letter to President Obama this past February to tell him about my experience with the Health Insurance Marketplace. I hoped he’d read it, and he did.

I may not be a supporter of the President. But now, I get mad when I see Obamacare dragged through the mud on television.

And even though I regularly tune in to conservative pundits, I’d like to tell them they’re getting it wrong. Obamacare works.

So one more time: If you still need health insurance, you have just three days to get it. Do what I did. Go to HealthCare.gov, submit an application, and pick a plan that works for you.

It just might change your life.

MARK BEARDEN, North Carolina resident and self-proclaimed member of the GOP, in an email sent from the White House. (via inothernews)

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recoverykitty:

Emergencies:

What to do when your friend is talking about suicide
What to do if someone you know is overdosing
What to do if your friend is hurting themselves
First Aid for self harm
Finding Therapy, Doctors, & Medication 
NeedyMeds.org
Something Fishy - How will I pay?
Mental Health America - How do I find treatment?
Free/Cheap Medication
The Medicine Program
Find a Therapist
Good Therapy.org
Insurance Issues
Qualities and Skills of a Good Counselor
The Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist & Counselor 
General Recovery:
Extreme Hunger During Recovery
About Water Retention During Recovery
281 Reasons to Recover
Relapse Prevention
Dealing with Bloating in Recovery
Bloating, Indigestion, & Feeling too full
Talking to Others About Your Mental Health Issues
Managing Stress
Why You Must Eat
What is ED Recovery?
You have no obligation to be weighed
Learning to Love Your Body
True Facts Our Abuse-Culture Doesn’t Want You to Know
Tips to Overcoming and Eating Disorder from Women Who Have Recovered
How to Eat a Fear Food
16 Baby Steps to Help You Cope with the Pain of Perfectionism
10 Things to Do When You Feel Like Crap
Why You Should NOT Self-Diagnose
Substance Addictions:

Find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
About AA
Find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting
About NA
Just for Today
Helpguide: Overcoming Drug Addiction
FInd a detox center

Restrictive Eating Disorders:
Phases of Recovery From a Restrictive ED
Tips to Stop Restricting
Why You Must Regain Weight to Recover
Eating Disorder Support Groups
Gaining Weight After Anorexia: What To Expect
Dealing With Weight Gain
Binge & Compensate Disorders:

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Finder
Coping with Exercise Addiction
10 Steps to Bulimia Recovery Workbook
10 Signs of Overexercise
Why Laxatives and Enemas Are Dangerous
Eating Disorder Support Groups

Binge ED/Compulsive Eating Disorders
Food Addicts Anonymous Meeting Finder
Overeaters Anonymous Meeting Finder
The “I need to lose weight” Mindset with BED
Eating Disorder Support Groups
Daily Meditation for Compulsive Overeating/Binge Eating
General Anxiety:

Identifying and Managing Anxiety
Exploring and Coping with Panic Attacks
10 Rules for Coping with Anxiety and Panic
Deep Breathing Exercises
11 Assorted Anxiety Tips for Anxiety Sufferers

Social Phobia/Anxiety

How to Stop Being a People Pleaser
Social Anxiety Self Help
How to Bring Severe Social Anxiety Under Control
10 Tips for Finding Love and Dating With Social Anxiety

Depression:
Coping with Suicidal Thought
10 Tips on How to Work Through Feelings of Social Isolation
8 Tips to Overcome Loneliness
Tips On Dealing With Depression In College
Antidepressants: Selecting one that’s right for you
What to expect with antidepressants
Family and Friends:
Tips for dealing with an ill loved one
Helping someone with an eating disorder
10 Ways to Cope with an Addict in the Family
AlAnon: Support groups for people who love an addict


Sexual health intersects with all of these things—for our followers who might need it. 

recoverykitty:

Emergencies:

Finding Therapy, Doctors, & Medication 

General Recovery:

Substance Addictions:

Restrictive Eating Disorders:

Binge & Compensate Disorders:

Binge ED/Compulsive Eating Disorders

General Anxiety:

Social Phobia/Anxiety

Depression:

Family and Friends:

Sexual health intersects with all of these things—for our followers who might need it. 

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Thank-God-It’s-Friday Roundup: October 4, 2013

Whoops! Well, Thank God It’s Sunday, anyway!

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POLITICALSEXEvery Friday, The CSPH shares with you stories, reports, and headlines we’ve come across during the week focusing on sexuality, gender, sexual health, sexual politics, and more. These may be stories we found to be controversial, thought-provoking, or just plain interesting! Without further ado, here is the roundup for the week of October 4, 2013!

1. Who Takes the Lead Hand?
Ever fumbled with your partner over the “right” way for you to hold hands? This might be why.

2. Tracking Game Day For The Crimson Tide
Finally – a gender neutral menstruation calendar that ISN’T covered in flowers and sickly sweet feminine euphemisms.

3. Obamacare Continues Despite Governmental Tantrum
Use this nifty calculator to help you estimate your eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

4. Your “Inner Monster” Is About To Become Literal (NSFW)
Get your heart racing this Halloween with Fleshlight’s new “Freaks” toy line!

5. The Art of Nudes and Feline Photobombing (NSFW)
The relationship between love of cats and love of porn is positive – and now, WE CAN HAVE IT ALL.

Sexual Health Rankings | Beyond the Rankings: Louisiana

Every week, our partners at Sexual Health Rankings (look for them on Twitter: @SHRankings, and on Facebook: Sexual Health Rankings!) do a roundup of what each state is really good at, really could improve at, and really interesting at!

Louisiana
This week, it’s Louisiana, and some highlights are:

Relatively high (46.4%) percentage of people aged 18-64 who reported ever being tested for HIV

High percentage (18.9%) of people in poverty

In 2012, of the 3,054 women living with HIV, 74% were infected through high-risk heterosexual contact.

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Sexual Studies: Sex and Lung Cancer: What’s the Connection?

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Every Saturday, The CSPH highlights news or recent research in the field of human sexuality.  This week we’re exploring the intersection of sex, relationships, and lung cancer.  Though sexuality is recognized as an important part of overall health and wellbeing, conversations about it in the medical setting are all too rare.  This study from Psycho-Oncology looks at how sex, relationships, and lung cancer interact, as well as at the types and topics of conversation that connect these subjects.

Read it here!

[If you’re living with cancer, you’re a cancer survivor, and/or your partner is, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health has created a space for people to safely gather to talk about sexuality related issues. Click here to learn more.]

Job Listing: Program Assistant, Fenway Health Center

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Organization Information: 

Fenway Health is a comprehensive community health center, providing a wide continuum of health care services. We are New England’s leading primary care health center for the lesbian and gay community, and in addition we provide health care to residents of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.

Fenway also administers The Fenway Institute, the nation’s leading center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender research and evaluation, training and education and policy and advocacy. The Fenway Institute conducts a wide range of studies on such topics as HIV risk reduction and prevention, drug treatment trials efficacy, substance abuse recovery and hepatitis transmission. The following position is available at the Institute within Fenway Health.

Job Description: 

The Program Assistant will provide office management, administrative assistance, and social media/website support to the National LGBT Health Education Center. The Center provides professional development programs, such as workshops, webinars, and online resources to community health centers and other health agencies to help them improve their capacity to provide cost-effective, inclusive services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing administrative support such as coordinating meetingspreparing minutes, answering and directing calls, assisting with travel plans, and documenting reimbursements
  • Maintaining a database of training contacts and activities; supporting the development of surveys and evaluation tools
  • Updating and monitoring online technologies such as website content and Facebook for the Education Center.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum two years of office experience
  • Strong interest in LGBT health
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize assigned duties
  • Ability to work independently and in small groups
  • Experience with Webex and with WordPress content management system is desirable
  • Experience working in an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse environment preferred
  • Ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals required

How To Apply: When applying for this position, please reference the job title and job ID #346

Applicants are encouraged to download and complete our application form from our website www.fenwayhealth.org/jobs, and send it to Human Resources via Fax or US Mail:

Fax: 617-927-6251

US Mail: Fenway Health 1340 Boylston Street 9th Floor, Ansin Building Boston, MA 02215 Attention: Human Resources

Job Listing: Registered Nurse, Health Imperatives, Inc.

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Job Description: 

Under the direct supervision of the Program Director/Nurse Manager, the Registered Nurse provides health services to DYS detained and committed high-risk boys and girls in Springfield.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversee proper recording of medication and review of medical records;
  • Supply medical unit and oversee unit stock;
  • Triage medical problems to appropriate services;
  • Responsible for referrals and follow-up to other agencies;
  • Review intake forms and interview new residents;
  • Order prescriptions as directed by the Nurse Practitioner;
  • Consult with the Nurse Manager/Clinical Director and MD as appropriate; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Program Director.

How To Apply: Fax: 508.583.9809

E-mail: lowings@healthimperatives.org

Mail: Health Imperatives, 942 West Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301

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Job Listing: Youth Program Coordinator, Health Imperatives, Inc.

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Job Description: 

Under the direction of the AHEC Program Director, the Youth Program Coordinator will take a lead role in the youth health careers program

Responsibilities Include:

  • Implement the Youth Health Careers Connection (YHCC) Program
  • in local high schools with the goal of introducing students to health career opportunities
  • Oversee the Mass AHEC HOSA initiative for the Southeast Region
  • including providing support to the BrocktonHigh School chapter and
  • assisting with the development of new chapters
  • Develop and revise program curricula as needed
  • Develop and implement a variety of youth education programs including
  • peer mediation, ATOD, bullying prevention and other topics per request
  • Lead AHEC evaluation and data reporting efforts for youth programs
  • Assist with grant writing and fee-for-service development efforts
  • Represent AHEC at regional and statewide meetings as assigned

How To Apply: Fax: 508.583.9809

E-mail: lowings@healthimperatives.org

Mail: Health Imperatives, 942 West Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301

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Job Listing: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator, Health Imperatives, Inc.

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Organization Information: Health Care is a nonprofit health and human services agency that promotes positive decision-making skills, provides preventive health and social services, and encourages supportive community institutions which optimize human potential. Health Care provides services to individuals, families, communities, groups, organizations, and businesse that seek to empower individuals to identify their personal strengths and needs and develop choices to promote health and reduce risks for disease; enable families to reach optimal health and well-being; assist groups and communities to shape their institutions to expect the highest level of individual health and family functioning.

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing culturally appropriate, science-based adolescent health education, on-site, to high risk youth in the city;
  • Providing current adolescent health information to youth, parents, and DCF clients at various locations throughout the city;
  • Implementing a science-based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum at SoutheasternRegionalVocationalTechnicalHigh School;
  • Providing appropriate resources, referrals and support to youth, parents, foster parents and DCF staff;
  • Implementing an annual work plan for the Science-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program;
  • Providing leadership in developing effective citywide youth development programming;
  • Participating in local, regional and statewide planning and coordination meetings;
  • Developing and coordinating workshops, trainings & conferences on teen pregnancy prevention;
  • Promoting culturally competent, state-of-the-art research-based prevention and youth development practices;
  • Ensuring timely and high quality completion of all contract deliverables, including work plans, MIS, reporting and community programming;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of the Brockton Youth Network; and
  • Must have dependable transportation.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Degree in education, health promotion, public health, social work or related field
  • Demonstrated experience planning, delivering, and evaluating science-based sexuality curricula for adolescents.
  • Experience in community organizing; coalition building, and collaborating with cross-sector community coalitions and school systems. 
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort with comprehensive sexuality education curricula. 
  • Bilingual and bicultural preferred.
  • The Coordinator must be available for evening and weekend work as needed.
  • The Coordinator must be cleared through CORI procedures. 
  • Some travel required. 
  • In your cover letter please describe your experience in education, working in urban communities and community leadership.

How To Apply: E-mail: lowings@healthimperatives.org

Fax: 508.583.9809

Mail: Health Imperatives, 942 West Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301

Job Listing: Health Care Assistant, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

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Job Description: 

Provides day to day interactions and patient care within the health center. Functions in a variety of roles including: medical assisting, laboratory assisting, reception, and patient information and support. Will also be providing administrative support within the center. Will be working closely with all health center staff including clinicians and physicians. 

How To Apply: Visit https://plannedparenthoodext.hire.com/viewjob.html?erjob=78734&eresc=ERNOTIFY  to apply

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stophatingyourbody:

i’m glad you asked this question. I could only watch about 10 minutes of it before I was so disgusted I had to turn it off.
It was just a play on the same old sad stereotypes of ‘fat is unhealthy’, ‘fat is lazy’ ‘fat is disgusting’ etc. etc. etc. And it’s disappointing because South Park usually has really good commentary on popular culture.
You know what, I APPLAUD Honey Boo Boo and her family. They’re not your typical ‘attractive’ family, but they obviously love each other and they’re happy. That counts for a lot more than their education level or their weight.
The obesity epidemic is a lie. Obesity rates have stayed the same, and in some places even dropped, since 2000.
‘Obesity’ is judged by BMI, which is an invalid measure of health. Even the creator of BMI himself never wanted it to be used as a measure of health.
In 1998, the guidelines for BMI were changed. Millions of people went to bed one night being ‘normal’, and woke up ‘overweight’ according to the new standards. So all the reports you hear of, about how people are getting fatter and fatter, is actually the definition of what ‘fat’ is changing.
Fat people have no shame? Fat people have no shame? Has anyone who created that episode EVER spoken to a fat person? ANY fat person, any chubby person, hell, the majority of ‘average’ people have been ‘shamed’ for being too fat. They’ve been told over and over that they’re lazy, ugly, no one will ever love them, they’ll never get a good job, they don’t deserve nice clothes, I could go on forever.
Fat people don’t ask for special treatment, as this episode depicts. Fat people ask for equal treatment. To have the ability to do the same things normal people do. Like being comfortable in a movie theatre, or to be able to go on an airplane without paying double.  Or even more importantly, having GOOD and complete healthcare that doesn’t consist of ‘just lose weight and all your health problems will go away.’ That’s not having no shame.
There is a problem in this country, I’m not denying that. People aren’t eating well enough. People aren’t exercising enough. But you know what, that goes for thin people too. There are millions of thin people who eat junk, are sedentary, and end up with the same diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, etc. that the medical community likes to pretend only fat people can get. (Fun fact, 75% of obese people never get diabetes.)
The problem is not fat. The problem is lack of access to healthy food and exercise. THAT’S what needs to be fixed. And not by programs like Let’s Move!, which was funded by a 13.6% cut to the SNAP (food stamp) program, which means that low-income families, which are already proven to be more likely to be obese, are even less able to afford healthful food.
It’s a much, much bigger problem than the size of someone’s jeans. Regardless of someone’s size or health, NO ONE should be shamed like that. Not your body? Not your business. I’m really, really disappointed that South Park couldn’t do better. 
Love,
Amber

This is also important because a lot of sexual resources don’t account for the fact that sometimes fat people cannot easily get their bodies into certain positions - the answer to this is not to condemn them for their body types, but rather to advocate other options such as the use of pillows for support, alternate sexual positions that are easier to get into with a large belly, etc. High-res

stophatingyourbody:

i’m glad you asked this question. I could only watch about 10 minutes of it before I was so disgusted I had to turn it off.

It was just a play on the same old sad stereotypes of ‘fat is unhealthy’, ‘fat is lazy’ ‘fat is disgusting’ etc. etc. etc. And it’s disappointing because South Park usually has really good commentary on popular culture.

You know what, I APPLAUD Honey Boo Boo and her family. They’re not your typical ‘attractive’ family, but they obviously love each other and they’re happy. That counts for a lot more than their education level or their weight.

Fat people have no shame? Fat people have no shame? Has anyone who created that episode EVER spoken to a fat person? ANY fat person, any chubby person, hell, the majority of ‘average’ people have been ‘shamed’ for being too fat. They’ve been told over and over that they’re lazy, ugly, no one will ever love them, they’ll never get a good job, they don’t deserve nice clothes, I could go on forever.

Fat people don’t ask for special treatment, as this episode depicts. Fat people ask for equal treatment. To have the ability to do the same things normal people do. Like being comfortable in a movie theatre, or to be able to go on an airplane without paying double.  Or even more importantly, having GOOD and complete healthcare that doesn’t consist of ‘just lose weight and all your health problems will go away.’ That’s not having no shame.

There is a problem in this country, I’m not denying that. People aren’t eating well enough. People aren’t exercising enough. But you know what, that goes for thin people too. There are millions of thin people who eat junk, are sedentary, and end up with the same diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, etc. that the medical community likes to pretend only fat people can get. (Fun fact, 75% of obese people never get diabetes.)

The problem is not fat. The problem is lack of access to healthy food and exercise. THAT’S what needs to be fixed. And not by programs like Let’s Move!, which was funded by a 13.6% cut to the SNAP (food stamp) program, which means that low-income families, which are already proven to be more likely to be obese, are even less able to afford healthful food.

It’s a much, much bigger problem than the size of someone’s jeans. Regardless of someone’s size or health, NO ONE should be shamed like that. Not your body? Not your business. I’m really, really disappointed that South Park couldn’t do better. 

Love,

Amber

This is also important because a lot of sexual resources don’t account for the fact that sometimes fat people cannot easily get their bodies into certain positions - the answer to this is not to condemn them for their body types, but rather to advocate other options such as the use of pillows for support, alternate sexual positions that are easier to get into with a large belly, etc.

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redefiningbodyimage:

Lunch break doodles turn into truth-bombs.
I’ve said it once before but it bears repeating, now…

Hell yeah. 
Also relevant: Visible bodies do not always dictate health - we see a lot of fat-shaming in the name of “concern over health”, but being fat does NOT mean you are automatically/inherently unhealthy or unfit, just as being skinny does not mean you are automatically/inherently healthy.
And if y’all have any doubts about that, have fun trying to outpace some of the rad fat ladies we know who completely school us when it comes to physical and mental health. High-res

redefiningbodyimage:

Lunch break doodles turn into truth-bombs.

I’ve said it once before but it bears repeating, now…

Hell yeah. 

Also relevant: Visible bodies do not always dictate health - we see a lot of fat-shaming in the name of “concern over health”, but being fat does NOT mean you are automatically/inherently unhealthy or unfit, just as being skinny does not mean you are automatically/inherently healthy.

And if y’all have any doubts about that, have fun trying to outpace some of the rad fat ladies we know who completely school us when it comes to physical and mental health.

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