In 2012, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus launched the Healthy is Sexy (HIS) Lifestyle Campaign to increase Black gay and bisexual men’s utilization of health care services.
The campaign’s resource kit is designed with our community in mind and includes an interactive health assessment, mobile app, lifestyle guide (online and print), resource directory, and physical health cooperative.
Together, these components address many of the barriers to accessing healthcare that our community faces, including stigma, access to culturally sensitive providers, and the lack of experience successfully navigating complex systems of care.
HIS Lifestyle Campaign’s primary goals are:
- Increasing awareness of HIV/STI risk
- Increasing long-term utilization of culturally sensitive health services
Each of the following services is free of charge and available to for local Black gay and bisexual men to use on their own terms:
Users begin with an interactive health assessment which assists them in identifying health concerns and lifestyle goals (e.g. regular STI/HIV screening, accessing mental healthcare, or locating a dentist). Upon completion, they are provided with a list of recommendations to improve their overall health and well-being. This product is accessible both online and through the mobile app.
This downloadable app grants immediate mobile access to the HIS Lifestyle Interactive Health Assessment, resource directory, and information about local social venues (e.g. local support groups, social media forums, and nightlife that is frequented by our community) in order to promote a greater sense of community belonging. It will initially be available for iPhone/iPad/iTouch, with Android following later in the year.
A quarterly magazine (provided both in print as well as online) featuring articles that speak directly to the “Black gay and bisexual experience.” The HIS Lifestyle Guide is published with a categorized resource directory of local culturally sensitive providers. This directory includes our extensive partner network of agencies.
This searchable online database includes local health resources sensitive to Black gay and bisexual men. Enter your zip code and search by service or fee.
The South Side Help Center and CBGMC coordinate group fitness sessions, including resistance training, cardio, boot camp obstacle courses, boxing/kickboxing, and stretching techniques.
HIS Lifestyle Campaign partners include: