In recognition of the development and broad implementation of leading-edge, model health promotion programs to address the severe LGBT tobacco, cancer, HIV, and diabetes disparities, the director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health awarded Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center its 2017 Rural Health Program of the Year award.
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health presented the award, stating, "The rural health program of the year award recognizes an exemplary health program that addresses an identified need in a rural community, uses unique, creative, and innovative approaches ensures access to the community it serves, includes statewide resources as part of the planning and evaluation process, and demonstrates a significant benefit to the target population. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has shown dedication to improving health outcomes and reducing disparities in this historically-marginalized and underserved population."
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent also delivered remarks at the award presentation to congratulate the center for its work. Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller and State Representative Steve Samuelson were also in attendance.
In accepting the award, Adrian Shanker, executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center said "For rural LGBT people, the struggle is real when it comes to moving beyond stigma to access LGBT-affirming care. That's why we are intentional about reaching rural LGBT communities with our campaigns and why I am so honored that Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has been selected to receive this award from the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides arts, health, and youth programs for the LGBT community across the Greater Lehigh Valley.