Health Disparities

A look back at the progress made in advancing LGBT healthcare in 2015.

Celebrating a Successful 2015

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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 
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March 23-27 is LGBT Health Awareness Week.

National Coalition for LGBT Health Kicks Off 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week

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March 23-27 marks the 13th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, created by the National Coalition for LGBT Health. During this week, we encourage all to examine how LGBT-specific health concerns and disparities have affected our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This year’s theme is “Time to Come Together: Trust, Transparency, Truth.” As the Coalition explains: “It’s Time to Come Together across settings and disciplines to participate in discussions about LGBT health disparities, and advocate and educate on critical healthcare gaps and needs of LGBT individuals. It’s time to build more TRUST that our providers and the healthcare 
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National Coming Out Day is October 11.

National Coming Out Day: Why Coming Out Is A Health Issue

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This Saturday, October 11, marks the 16th annual National Coming Out Day. Sharing an anniversary with the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day is a time to celebrate the courage of openly LGBT individuals, and to raise awareness of the progress made and struggles still faced by the LGBT community. At Fenway Health, we recognize that coming out is an extremely personal decision, and that the path through the closet door is unique to each person’s story. While individual experiences are as varied as the people within our communities, research suggests that one 
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LGBT young people are at increased risk of experiencing serious health disparities

Reducing Health Disparities with LGBTQ Youth of Color: An Update

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The Reducing Health Disparities with LGBTQ Youth of Color team at The Fenway Institute hit the ground running in the early months of 2014 to finalize and implement the second phase of our Needs Assessment: a community survey designed to learn more about positive youth development and protective factors in LGBTQ youth of color, with a particular focus on mental health. Our survey is the result of collaboration between many talented and dedicated people. Dr. Kerith Conron took the lead in constructing the survey, drawing on measures commonly used in the LGBTQ youth literature, with multiple rounds of feedback and 
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BRFSS Policy Brief Cover

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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