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Landmark Report on LGBT Health Released

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  • John Mayes
    Landmark Report on LGBT Health Released by Jon Garbo To download a copy, see the link at the bottom of this article. A tireless, two-year effort by gay health
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 11, 2001
      Landmark Report on LGBT Health Released
      by Jon Garbo

      To download a copy, see the link at the bottom of this
      article.


      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
      years.

      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.

      Click HERE to download a free copy of the report! (500
      pages

      http://www.gayhealth.com/binary-data/GH_TEXT_BLOCK/attachment/1911.pdf

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