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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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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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New Policy Brief Argues That Gun Violence Is an LGBT Public Health Issue, Urges LGBT Organizations To Embrace a Reasonable Gun Control Agenda

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community, and urging the LGBT community to join the movement to enact a reasonable gun control agenda in the United States. “Much of the public’s focus on gun control is to prevent massacres like the one that took place in June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando when 49 people, most of them Latino gay men, were murdered,” said Stephen L. Boswell, MD, FACP, President and CEO of Fenway Health. “But of the 33,000 people 
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Fenway Institute Commends NIMHD for Designating Sexual and Gender Minorities As a Health Disparity Population at NIH

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The Fenway Institute today commended the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for designating sexual and gender minorities (SGM) as a health disparity population for research at the National Institutes of Health. According to NIMHD director Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, “Mounting evidence indicates that SGM populations have less access to health care and higher burdens of certain diseases, such as depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. But the extent and causes of health disparities are not fully understood, and research on how to close these gaps is lacking.” “In addition, SGM populations have unique health challenges,” he added. “More research 
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