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The Obama administration is supporting an effort to expand the collection of LGBT demographic data.

Obama Administration Takes Key Step to Expanding Collection of Voluntary Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Health Care Settings

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health | No Comments
Our health system’s shift from paper health records to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) offers a historic opportunity to expand the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) demographic data in health care settings. Such data are essential to improving health care outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as for better understanding and reducing health disparities affecting the LGBT population. Unfortunately, most EHR systems currently do not have the capacity to record these data, which exacerbates the invisibility of LGBT people in health care settings. To address this issue, in 2014 The Fenway Institute and 
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The AAMC has released treatment guidelines for LGBT, gender nonconforming, or DSD patients.

AAMC Releases Health Care Guidelines For Patients That Are LGBT, Gender Nonconforming, Or Born With Differences Of Sex Development

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), gender nonconforming, or born with differences of sex development (DSD). Until now, there have been no formal comprehensive standards to help medical schools and health care organizations train providers in the health care needs of these patients. Boston’s Jennifer Potter, MD, Director of Women’s Health at Fenway Health and Director of Women’s Health Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, played a key role in shaping these guidelines as a member of the AAMC 
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The National LGBT Health Education Center is making significant advances.

An Update from the National LGBT Health Education Center

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Over the past few years, the National LGBT Health Education Center has been building relationships in areas of the country that have not previously had many opportunities to focus on LGBT health care. As highlighted in Making Life Healthier in February, the Education Center has been busy extending our reach into the south including states such as Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. These advances have created much headway in improving the care delivered to LGBT Americans living in the south. In addition to these significant advances, the Education Center has been fortunate to foster relationships with Primary Care Associations in western 
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LGBT intimate partner violence cannot be ignored.

New Report Shines Light On LGBT Intimate Partner Violence

By | Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, LGBT Health | No Comments
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and across the country, long-needed discussions about identifying and preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) are taking place. Unfortunately, the national discourse around IPV is overwhelmingly framed as an issue of heterosexual, cisgender partnerships, and does not address the reality that IPV is a serious LGBT issue. LGB partner abuse is rarely acknowledged by mainstream press and research organizations, and abuse experienced by transgender or gender non-conforming individuals is completely ignored. This erasure of an entire segment of IPV survivors only serves to silence and re-victimize them. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has 
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Fenway Health is proud to be named an HEI 2014 LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader.

HRC Names Fenway Health 2014 LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader

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Fenway Health has once again been named an LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader in the HRC’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). This title is in recognition of Fenway’s commitment to providing the LGBT community with healthcare that is accessible, respectful, and of the highest quality. The HEI 2014 LGBT Healthcare Equality Leaders are a select group of 426 national healthcare facilities that meet the HRC’s Core Four criteria. Leaders have established patient non-discrimination policies and employee non-discrimination policies, uphold equal visitation for LGBT patients and their visitors, and require staff to receive training in LGBT patient-centered care. While much progress has 
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