DIFO Women of Color Group Forming
Openhouse, an LGBT aging agency in San Francisco is taking on DIFO as one of their programs, and the first offering will be a group specifically for women of color. We hope to start the group in early September. It will most likely be held on Saturday mornings in the LGBT Center in San Francisco. The groups meet for 2 hours once a week for 12 weeks, and focus on topics like reducing stress, healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and whatever individual concerns members have. The program is free, and we offer gift cards for filling out surveys for the research part of the program (up to $75). For more information, contact Deborah Craig at email@example.com or by phone at 510-717-3382, or Mickey Eliason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can go to the contact page on this website and send us a message.
If you are not a woman of color but are also interested in being in one of our upcoming groups, you may contact us and get on the list.
DIFO Women of Color Group facilitator, Jana Rickerson, was featured in an interview with Openhouse this week. Click below to see the interview.
DIFO Promotional Video
Click the play button below to see a segment of our final session in Santa Rosa. This will give you an idea of how DIFO benefits participants. The Santa Rosa group was part of a group called Rainbow Women, or lesbian/bisexual women who are living at a mainstream retirement community called Oakmont. They are a wonderful example of how older lesbian and bisexual women are intentionally creating communities as they retire.
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DIFO on the radio
Listen to Marilyn Pittman’s interview with Mickey Eliason on January 7th. DIFO is making history!
Here is the link to the podcast: DIFO on KALW Out in the Bay podcast
For New or Potential Community Members
DIFO is a federally funded research study that includes community building events for all older lesbian/bisexual women, and a 12 week health education and support group for older women of size. The groups focus on improving quality of life and let you set your own individual goals. We offer information and support about physical activity, nutrition, mindful eating, stress reduction, and topics specific to lesbian/bisexual women’s health. In addition to groups, you will be assigned a personal coach to help you with your individual goals. We started the first set of face to face groups in October, 2013, and finished up in early 2014. Our funding supports another wave of groups starting in March. After that, stay tuned for our continuation plan. If you know any wealthy lesbian/bisexual women who would like to fund the next wave of groups, or even just one group (about $2500), please send them our way. We will be seeking additional grant funding, but that process is very slow.