Meeting Notes: April 1, 2011
- Baltimore City, Mayor’s Office of Human Services;
- Baltimore City, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods;
- IDEHA, Center for HIV Prevention (Convenor);
- InterGroup Services;
- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health;
- Project PLASE; and
- Taylor-Wilks Group.
- Introductions (5 min)
- Team Work: (60 min)
- Priority Setting
- Voting will be conducted in rounds until the Team has selected a maximum of 3 Priority Items. These will be our focus for the remainder of this calendar year.
- Team Discussion: (15 min)
- Next Steps for Priority Work
- Team Updates/Announcements: (10 min)
This month’s meeting agenda was given almost entirely to the Priority Setting voting process. The Team delayed the start of the meeting to allow as many Team members as possible to gather.
- The meeting opened at 12:25 PM. Team members expressed both concern at the low turn out and desire to move forward, as this process had been delayed since January. It was clarified that:
- This vote determines priorities only. Any Action Item not determined to be a priority will simply go back into the pile of Action Items. The pile already contains Action Items that were previously scored as “Set Aside”.
- Any Team member can take an Action Item from the pile at any time, if they want to make a commitment to work on it.
- With those clarifications made, the Team agreed to move forward with voting.
- A total of 28 Action Items were included in the voting. These had been printed onto large chart paper and taped to the walls.
- Both the original form and any suggested rewrite of an Action Item were included as separate items for voting.
- Each Team member received three colored stick-on dots. The voting process was explained:
- It would take place in waves;
- Each person could use their 3 dots in any way they wanted in each wave, but they could not save up dots between waves;
- After each voting wave was completed, a count of votes per Action item would be taken and the results announced;
- Another wave of voting would be conducted if necessary until there were three clear “winning” priorities.
- The first round of voting was conducted. Votes were tallied for each Action Item by 3 volunteer proctors from the Team and reported back.
RESULTS: The three priorities, in order of number of votes, are:
1.a: Work in partnership with Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services to define and implement a mechanism that supports equal access to an array of high quality, culturally responsive homeless services for transgender and gender nonconforming consumers. (6 votes);
13: Work in partnership with Baltimore Community Relations Commission to ensure that all covered entities understand and comply with Article 4 of the Baltimore City Code. (3 votes), and;
16.b: Develop and/or adopt, and through advocacy and collaborative partnerships promote the broad implementation of, a set of Standards/Best Practices for services and supports to transgender and gender nonconforming persons in public and private settings, inclusive of administrative practices, service delivery, cultural responsiveness, and nondiscrimination. (3 votes)
Next Steps for Priority Work
- The representative from the Mayor’s Office of Human Services stated that she was exercising her right to take an Action Item from the pile, and pulled Item # 22:
- “Work with Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council to redesign the RWCA Needs Assessment Survey to accurately reflect transgender and gender nonconforming identities and specific health concerns, and to facilitate extraction of data relevant to transgender and gender nonconforming respondents.”
- She asked to work with a representative from InterGroup Services on this activity. The survey is an important source of information, because the City uses it in their annual HOPWA application. The two representatives agreed to work together on this Action Item
- Time was set after the meeting for small group discussion of the Homelessness Town Hall being planned.
- The convenor noted that the next phase of technical assistance from the Center of Excellence (COE) for Transgender Health will begin soon. This will present an opportunity to conduct some strategic planning for the Transgender Response Team. The idea is to put together an overview in the form of a logic model, so that all of the structure and purpose of the TRT is visible and easy to follow. He will post these examples on the new TRT Wiki.
- The Transgender Response Team will have a private online Wiki space to collaborate on documents and keep track of Team tasks in between meetings. A preview of the design will be given at the next TRT meeting.
- A one-page overview was distributed to remind people about CATCH. This is the Coalitions in Action for Transgender Community Health model presented at the January retreat. The next stage of receiving technical assistance and support from the COE will involve developing CATCH as a more community-focused companion group. All TRT members will receive an invitation to join CATCH. Electing to join or not join won’t affect membership in the TRT. The TRT will continue and will welcome involvement from all, but will likely still focus more on providers and governmental units, and on policy and structural intervention work. (See CATCH attachment.)
Team Updates & Announcements
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced funding availability for HIV prevention among African American young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender youth. State and city governments are not eligible to apply, but community based organizations are. A funding announcement went out and eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. IDEHA will provide technical assistance and data resources to any eligible organization that requests this assistance for their application.
- Hollaback Bmore is doing a public service announcement (PSA) for their group, and has extended an invitation to the TRT to shoot a PSA for transgender visibility. Shooting will happen sometime in May. More information will go out by email as soon as its available.
- The TRT was contacted by the Victim Services Specialist at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding trafficking of LGBT persons, both adults and youth. Trafficking includes any kind of forced labor, servitude, or sexual exploitation where the trafficked person does not feel that they can leave the person who is controlling them. This office works with victims to help them access resources. The contact would like to visit the TRT and give a presentation on what her office does.
- The TRT was contacted by the Department of Justice, Community Relations Services. This office provides resources and support to local communities to reduce violence. The contact is interested in addressing hate crimes in Baltimore, starting with crimes against transgender persons. He would like to come to the TRT, discuss what his office can offer, and make connections for additional efforts in the City.
- IDEHA has a new web site with a data mapping feature, that allows you to see (for example) how many cases of HIV they are in a particular zipcode. Find the new web site at http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov The HIV Mapping utility is found at http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov/apps/HIV/
- The Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods announced a Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, on Thursday April 28th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School located at 3500 Hillen Road. Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM. (See attached flyer.)
- The Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods announced that he is working with TurnAround on the annual Take Back the Night event, to be held at City hall on April 12th at 6:30 PM.
- Intergroup Services announced that the Planning Council will hold the 2011 Stakeholder’s Meeting on Friday, April 8th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the University of Maryland Dental School located at 650 W. Baltimore Street. Food and parking vouchers will be provided.
- Project PLASE announced A Night of Monologues: A PLASE to be Heard on Saturday May 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Strand Theater located at 1823 N. Charles Street. This event features the personal stories of resilience and triumph shared by Project PLASE clients. Tickets are only $10. (See attached flyer.)
- The Mayor's Office of Human Services announced that a vendor has been tentatively selected to operate the new Housing and Resource Center. They are scheduled to move in sometime in May.
The meeting officially closed at 1:40 PM.
NEXT MEETING: Friday, May 6, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
LOCATION: MD Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Administration, 500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202 \ Meeting Room: 5th Floor Large Conference Room