A year ago I wrote a HuffPost blog post decrying the apparent stall in LGBT research integration at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Now I'm happy to say NIH is moving forward with good speed on this topic.
Today, an LGBT person will be refused health care because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It could be you or someone you know and love -- and it could be the difference between life and death.
Despite progress being made on multiple issues involving the LGBT+ community, it continues to surprise me that in something as straightforward (no pun intended) as a survey, we still have a long way to go. And that is no clearer to me than at the doctor's office.
Asking about sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings is critical. If we want to better understand LGBT health disparities and reduce them, we must know who LGBT patients are and how to best meet their health needs.
Because of her lifelong commitment to equality and justice, her tireless advocacy and leadership on improving the health of the LGBT community with a special focus on women's health, and her all-around fabulousness, Dr. Leslie Calman is making LGBT great.
There are too many LGBT patients who are uncomfortable discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with health-care providers -- and there are too many providers who need training on how to have these discussions with patients.
The National LGBT Cancer Network wants to create a better map so that LGBT people who are diagnosed with cancer can make the best treatment decisions. We are developing a database of providers who are both highly skilled and culturally competent.
A big development seems to have flown under the health care radar. For the first time ever, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been identified as a priority population affected by health disparities.
We have compiled a directory of over 400 LGBT-friendly, free or low-cost cancer screening facilities across the country. They have just been uploaded to our website. Our database covers colonoscopies, prostate cancer screening, anal pap smears, cervical paps, and mammograms.
I recently found myself in Philadelphia attending, of all things, a White House Conference on LGBT Health. It slowly dawned on me that this event alone does wonders to send a flag hither and yon that LGBT health is no longer a fringe issue.
One of the major issues in LGBT health is that we are much more likely to be uninsured than others. So I'm very happy that the federal government has now launched a new tool to help combat this problem.
Many LGBT patients continue to face numerous challenges in accessing health care. Moreover, inadequate coverage of LGBT health-related content in medical school curricula may not meet the LCME's cultural competency requirements.