Who We Are

Before the formation of the Long Island Lesbian Cancer Initiative (LILCI), there were no culturally specific services for lesbian-identified women with cancer, or their caregivers, on Long Island - despite the CDC’s identification of lesbians as a target population for breast and cervical cancer interventions in 1994.

who_1In 1996, a local lesbian bar held an event to raise money for the fight against breast cancer that became an annual occurrence. This rallied the community by connecting a local focus and real faces to the lesbian cancer epidemic. LILCI was founded by and for lesbians to resolve this gap in services in November of 2000 because of dialogues that began at this community building event.

Today, LILCI relies on three all-volunteer bodies – a Board of Directors, a Community Advisory Council, and a Professional Advisory Council - composed of community leaders, cancer survivors and caregivers, health and human service providers and researchers. These entities inform and support each other in an effort to impact the health and wellness of LILCI's communities. This is accomplished by education, advocacy, research and services. Programs are conducted by a pool of local volunteers. With the support of partners, colleagues and allies across the continent, LILCI exists for our community and because of our volunteers. By maintaining a modest infrastructure, working out of our homes, collaborating with allies, and by importing resources to Long Island, LILCI’s global approach maximizes resources within a sustainable system.

 
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How We've Grown

Image by Max-Inc.com2005 marks a paradigm shift from a focus exclusively on lesbians and cancer toward the roots of the issue which are deeply planted in health disparities and extend beyond cancer into overall health and wellness. LILCI’s ultimate goal is culturally competent health and human services with access for all. LILCI’s cancer-specific services remain a vital aspect of our efforts.

Broadening LILCI’s scope is an exciting and necessary next step to best serve the health and wellness needs of Long Island’s lesbians that have been served since November of 2000 and to better serve the broadest and most inclusive communities of lesbian, bi and queer identified women and transgender individuals. The name remains the same to honor LILCI’s history and founders.

Leadership

Image by Max-Inc.comLILCI relies on three all-volunteer bodies:

  1. Board of Directors
  2. Community Advisory Council
  3. Professional Advisory Council

All composed of community leaders, cancer survivors and caregivers, health and human service providers and researchers. These entities inform and support each other in an effort to mpact the health and wellness of LILCI's communities

Appliations for Board of Directors and details on council participation -- coming soon.

 

Our Communities

who_3Studies have taught us that individual health is closely linked to community health - the health of the community and the environment in which individuals live, work and play. Likewise, community health is profoundly affected by actions, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of everyone in the community.

Community Links

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"LILCI has worked to positively impact issues surrounding health and wellness in our communities since 2000."