As 2015 draws to an unseasonably warm close, we celebrate the end of another busy year at Fenway Health. The hard work and dedication of our staff and supporters has allowed us to make some truly historic accomplishments over the past 12 months.
November’s release of the Our Health Matters study brought desperately needed attention to the health and wellness disparities experienced by LGBT youth of color – and helped set a course to end inequality in care for some of our most disenfranchised community members.
The LGBT Aging Project continued to be a leader in advocating for LGBT senior citizens, and 2015 saw the release of the first Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging. The report highlighted the challenges facing elder LGBT people and laid out recommendations for ways the state can better support this population.
Major breakthroughs were made in 2015 in ensuring that health care providers collect essential data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data, with the launch of doaskdotell.org and the new requirement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that all Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems be able to collect SO/GI data. We have high hopes that will lead to more accurate public health data on LGBT people and, in turn, a higher quality of care for all.
In October, we had the pleasure of hosting Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health, a two-day comprehensive training conference on the health care needs of the transgender community. The conference drew over 130 attendees from over 60 healthcare organizations. Experts from our medical and behavioral health teams, as well as from The Fenway Institute, discussed topics ranged preferred pronouns and cultural competency to cross sex hormone therapy, trauma informed care, and gender affirming surgeries.
We have much to be proud of and thankful for in 2015. We look forward to what the months ahead will bring for LGBT healthcare and our community.
Stephen L. Boswell, MD, FACP
President & CEO
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