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Celebrating National LGBT Health Awareness Week

By | Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which runs from March 27 to 31, is a time to highlight the importance of LGBT health and wellness and bring awareness to the unique health care needs of the LGBT community. Our staff at The National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of The Fenway Institute, has a number of great suggestions on how health centers can celebrate this week and recommit to fostering LGBT-friendly care environments: Partnering with a local LGBT organization to host or sponsor an event Holding a town hall to get feedback from LGBT patients and community members Organizing grand 
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Policy Changes May Expand Behavioral Health Care Access For People Living With HIV/AIDS

By | Behavioral Health, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Comprehensive behavioral health care is a key component of overall wellness. For people living with HIV (PLWH), access to these services is especially critical. The stress caused by pervasive stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS has been shown to contribute to a number of behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and substance abuse. The duel challenges of HIV and psychiatric diagnoses means that this population has unique behavioral health needs that must be integrated into culturally-competent care plans. A new brief from The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care at The Fenway Institute outlines recent changes in federal 
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LGBT People And Those Living With HIV Have Benefitted From ACA, Have Much At Stake In Reform Debate

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health insurance coverage. “As Congress and the Trump Administration debate what will be included in a new, national health care insurance plan, it will be important to include provisions that ensure broad access to health care insurance for LGBT people and 
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Help Shape The Future Of HIV Prevention: Join A Research Study Today

By | HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
The battle against HIV/AIDS has shifted dramatically in the past decade, as our understanding of the virus and how to combat it has increased. The introduction of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill commonly known as Truvada, has been an incredible game changer for HIV prevention. Currently, condom use and PrEP are the most proven effective methods for protection against HIV infection. “Using Truvada for PrEP has been revolutionary for HIV prevention, but, unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all solution,” said Ryan Tappin, Clinical Manager, Biomedical Research at The Fenway Institute. “The more choices for PrEP that patients 
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Trump Administration Rolls Back Guidance Protecting Transgender Students, Threatening Their Health and Well-Being

By | Health Policy, The Fenway Institute, Trans, Youth | No Comments
On February 22, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice jointly issued a letter to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity. The guidance issued in May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number of states across the country proposing and passing anti-transgender legislation, much of which specifically targeted transgender youth by prohibiting them from using school restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education 
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