Landmark Report on LGBT Health Released
- Landmark Report on LGBT Health Released
by Jon Garbo
To download a copy, see the link at the bottom of this
A tireless, two-year effort by gay health advocates,
providers, educators and government agencies has
yielded a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report on
the state of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) health in the United States. The report,
Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT
Health, supplements the government�s Healthy People
2010 report, which serves as a blueprint for disease
prevention and healthcare funding over the next ten
The companion document, released March 30, gives a
broad assessment of LGBT health, including topics such
as cancer, HIV, mental health, family planning, heart
disease, tobacco use and injury and violence
prevention. The document also focuses on ways to
improve the public health infrastructure and increase
access to quality healthcare.
"This is a great step forward, because the knowledge
about LGBT health is now more accessible," said Judy
Bradford of Fenway Community Health in Boston, MA and
a member of the National Coalition on LGBT Health,
which produced the report. "We know ourselves now
unlike we knew ourselves before."
"Knowledge about LGBT health is now more accessible.
This is a great step forward."
The information compiled in the report is useful on
three fronts. It can serve as an invaluable tool for
healthcare providers who care for LGBT patients. The
results of future health studies can be measured
against the data in the report to track LGBT health
trends. And the report can be used to access funding
for LGBT health studies. "This document can be used to
assist in writing grants -- the information is there,"
said Nancy Kennedy, Dr.P.H., who served as the
intra-agency liaison for LGBT health issues at the
Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA),
which funded the report. The HRSA is a division of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The compilation of the companion document began in
1998, after the government released its first draft of
Healthy People 2010."There was no reference to LGBT
health issues in the first draft of the document,"
said Patricia Dunn, J.D., director of public policy
for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, which
co-produced the report. "That started a major process
to get the federal government to address LGBT health
needs." Last summer, the HRSA provided funding that
allowed ten work groups, comprised of 162 people, to
focus their efforts on completing the document.
The exclusion of LGBT health in the original report
prompted the formation of the National Coalition on
LGBT Health on October 14, 2000. The goal of the
Coalition is to improve LGBT health and wellness
through federal advocacy.
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