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Asking Sexual Orientation Questions On State Risk Factor Surveys Allows 27 States To Document Health Disparities Affecting Sexual Minorities

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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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The Fenway Institute's Dr. Sean Cahil and Dr. Harvey Makadon have published a paper on the importance of LGBT data collection in healthcare settings.

New paper from The Fenway Institute discusses importance of collecting LGBT identity information in clinical settings

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Recording the sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) of individuals in their health records would greatly facilitate identifying the unique health needs and health disparities of LGBT individuals, leading to improved quality and outcomes of their health care. The advantages of reporting this information and the growing support for including it in electronic health records (EHRs) are described in an article in LGBT Health, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, launching in fall 2013. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website. Sean Cahill, PhD and Harvey J. Makadon, MD of The Fenway Institute  
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Including information on LGBT patients in Electronic Health Records will lead to improved care and reduced health disparities

Fenway Calls for Inclusion in IOM Report on Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in EHRs

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Last week, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of The National Academies released a summary of presentations and discussions from the October 12 IOM workshop Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection in Electronic Health Records. The one-day workshop brought together prominent health care organizations, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) health organizations, and groups involved in the development and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) to present varying viewpoints on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in EHRs. That summary is available here. The release of the summary does not represent a new position statement or recommendations 
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Come Out For Health

Come Out For Health: National LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 26–30, 2012 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week, highlighting the disparities in access to culturally competent care and positive health outcomes between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their heterosexual counterparts. The health of the LGBT community has long been at the heart of Fenway’s mission; and while we have seen great progress, we still have a long journey to true health equity. LGBT people have unique health and wellness needs and continue to be impacted by health disparities. For instance: Compared to other men, MSM are at increased risk of major depression during adolescence and adulthood, 
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Policy Focus: How to Gather Data On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity In Clinical Settings

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Yesterday, we shared the first of a new series of policy briefs from The Fenway Institute, Why gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings. The second, How to Gather Data On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings provides guidance on how to ask questions on patient registration forms and how clinicians can ask questions during medical visits. The briefs were authored by Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research, along with Judith Bradford, Co-chair and Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; Chris Grasso, Data Manager; and Harvey Makadon, Director of 
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