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Sean Cahill, PhD

Office of Civil Rights final rule on nondiscrimination in health care a major step forward for transgender people; more work to be done to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, Health Policy, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
On May 13, 2016 the Office of Civil Rights at the federal Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) published a final rule implementing the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under Section 1557. This rule states that discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited in health facilities, programs and activities receiving federal funding, as it constitutes a form of sex discrimination banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The rule also states that discrimination based on sex stereotyping is prohibited. This nondiscrimination regulation offers potent protections to 
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Protect Transgender People: Support Public Accommodations Bill

By | Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, Trans | No Comments
Fenway Health is a federally qualified health center that serves LGBT people and the broader community. More than 1,700 of our 28,000 patients cared for annually are transgender. We are a proud supporter of the Freedom Massachusetts coalition, which is a bipartisan campaign working to update the Bay State’s non-discrimination laws to fully protect our transgender friends, family, and neighbors. Our friends at Freedom Massachusetts have passed along an important campaign update to share with you: In the next few days, Speaker Robert DeLeo is polling members of the House to count support for this critical civil rights legislation. In 
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Fenway, CAP Launch Do Ask Do Tell Online Toolkit

By | Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
In April, The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress (CAP) launched www.doaskdotell.org, an online toolkit to assist health care providers in collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data in clinical settings and in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, www.doaskdotell.org describes SO/GI questions and terminology standards that have been shown to work with diverse patient populations served by community health centers in different parts of the United States. The toolkit also describes how to collect these data in EHR systems, how to use these data to support clinical processes, and how to 
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Fenway Institute Organizes National Experts Convening on LGBT and Intersex Youth in Juvenile Corrections

By | Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, News, The Fenway Institute, Youth | No Comments
The Fenway Institute co-organized a national experts convening on issues affecting LGBT and intersex youth in juvenile corrections in Washington, DC on April 15 and 16. The convening was hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), a division of the Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. Department of Justice, and co-organized with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University Medical School and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. About 20 corrections professionals, policy makers, formerly incarcerated youth, researchers, and advocates gathered for a day and a half to discuss best practices for managing LGBTI youth 
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Asking Sexual Orientation Questions On State Risk Factor Surveys Allows 27 States To Document Health Disparities Affecting Sexual Minorities

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
The Fenway Institute today issued “a call to action” to state health departments, urging them to ask questions about sexual orientation on their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys (BRFSS). In a policy brief focused on why states should ask about sexual orientation and how they should do this, The Fenway Institute noted that BRFSS surveys 500,000 Americans in all 50 states annually. Asking about sexual orientation—ideally both identity and behavior—dramatically increases knowledge about health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, and bisexual people (LGB). The brief, written by Fenway researchers Leigh Evans, Kelsey Lawler, and Sammy Sass, examines efforts by 27 
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