January 7: Support Group But No Program

There will be no program in January, but the New Families Support Group will meet as usual at 6:30 p.m. on January 7. The new Latino/a Families Support Group is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Because of low attendance at most programs in 2015, the Board has decided to schedule programs only on a quarterly basis. Programs in 2016 will be offered in February, May, August, and December.

The PFLAG Denver Board of Directors invites our members, volunteers, and their guests to join us the evening of February 4 for our Annual Meeting/ Member Appreciation Day. On this day we will celebrate our members for their support. We plan to have refreshments and snacks for the meeting, along with a fun night full of conversation. We encourage our members to provide us with feedback, so please feel free to come with questions. The PFLAG Denver chapter will also be presenting our goals for the New Year.

This day will give us the opportunity to show our appreciation to our members who have generously contributed and supported PFLAG over the years. We will meet at the CHUN mansion at 7:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Happy Holiday from PFLAG Denver!

December Holiday Party

The December meeting will feature out traditional holiday party, starting at 6:30 p.m. on December 3rd. The chapter will provide turkey, beverages, and table settings, and members are asked to bring side dishes.
Following a festive dinner there will be caroling by Denver School of the Arts students.
No New Families Support Group meeting is scheduled but support will be available if needed.

November 5: Update on HIV Prevention (PrEP)

Our speaker for November will be Thomas Deem, RN, BSN, who has worked in public health and HIV/STI prevention for 8½ years. He will bring us the latest information about preventing infection with HIV.

[PrEP is an acronym for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which means the use of prescription drugs by HIV-negative people who are at high risk of becoming infected. Interest in this subject has been growing since the CDC’s 2014 endorsement of Truvalda, the brand name of a drug combination of two antiviral medications. Truvalda is taken orally and does not work the same way as a vaccine.]

Thomas joined the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) as a Disease Intervention Specialist in 2011. With an educational background in molecular biology and nursing, he is currently the acting Biomedical Intervention Program Coordinator for the STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Branch at CDPHE.

Thomas assisted with the writing and successful acquisition of a three-year, multimillion dollar federally funded (CDC) grant that supports a focus on increased population level uptake of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk groups. He is currently assisting with the development and implementation of a scalable, statewide plan of action which involves cross-program collaboration both interdepartmentally and with local health departments, hospitals and community-based organizations.

The New Families Support Group will meet as usual from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. At 7:30, all will move to the Community Room for announcements, refreshments, and the program.