Health Disparities

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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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Reducing Health Disparities in LGBTQ Youth Of Color

By | LGBT Health, Research, The Fenway Institute, Youth | No Comments
The Fenway Institute’s new community-based participatory research study on Reducing Health Disparities in LGBTQ Youth of Color (YOC) has achieved significant progress throughout its first two funded quarters. Johannes Mosquera Wilson was hired as the study coordinator for this project, and much of his work thus far has centered on developing the Youth Community Advisory Board.  Johannes has collaborated with Anna Hidalgo, Jonathan Reveil, Beth Cohen, and Jessica Watson, members of the project teams for Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) and Connect to Protect (C2P), to recruit, train, and facilitate the Fenway Youth Community Advisory Board (YCAB). Together, we planned and 
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Putting Sexual Health into Primary Care Practice: A Systems Approach for Health Centers

By | Education, Health Care, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
In a survey of 500 men and women over age 25, 85% of respondents expressed an interest in talking to their providers about sexual concerns; moreover, a sexual history followed by appropriate, targeted discussion about ways to stay healthy can enhance the patient-provider relationship. Nevertheless, studies also show that clinicians often do not discuss sexual health or related topics in practice, leading the Institute of Medicine to say in its report, The Hidden Epidemic, “it may be easier to engage in sex than to discuss it.” This gap is practice is understandable given the small amount of time spent teaching 
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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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Spirit Day 2012: Anti-LGBT Bias Hurts Youth

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Spirit Day is October 19. Started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan and championed by GLAAD, Spirit Day encourages everyone to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, who are often singled out for bullying. Anti-LGBT bias is prevalent in schools, and it is dangerous. A 2009 study of LGBT middle and high school students and 2011 GLSEN School Climate survey highlight some of the challenges faced by students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender: Eight of ten students had been verbally harassed at school. Four of ten had been physically harassed at school. Six of 
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