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The informed consent model of care could vastly improve medical services for transgender patients.

New Paper Supports Informed Consent Model of Transgender Medical Care

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A newly published article, written by staff from Fenway Health’s Transgender Health Program, looks at the potential for creating more patient-centric and affirming transgender patient care practices through the informed consent model of medical care. Informed Consent in the Medical Care of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Patients was published in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics and co-authored by Timothy Cavanaugh, MD Medical Director for the Transgender Health Program; Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD, Coordinator, Transgender Health Program; and Cei Lambert, MFA, Patient Advocate, Transgender Health Program. The informed consent model of care has evolved as an alternative to the standard 
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A new research series is examining the health needs of the global transgender population.

The Fenway Institute Leads Innovative Transgender Health Research

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Despite growing societal awareness and acceptance, transgender people still face significant barriers to health and wellness. Researchers from The Fenway Institute have published a Lancet series of papers on transgender health needs in an effort to both expose and address these inequities. Lead by Dr. Sari L. Reisner, Affiliated Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute, the findings shine a much needed spotlight on the unique health needs and disparities of the transgender population. “The Lancet transgender health series highlights the vital importance of linking health and human rights to improve transgender population health globally,” said Reisner. “To my knowledge, it 
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Gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community.

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

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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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The Fenway Institute commends the NIMHD for designating sexual and gender minorities a health disparity population for research at the NIH.

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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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

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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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