Friday, April 1, 2011

Institute of Medicine Releases Major Report on LGBT Health

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

Statement from National Coalition for LGBT Health and GLMA

Hutson W. Inniss, Executive Director of the National Coalition for LGBT Health, and Hector Vargas, Executive Director of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, issued the following joint statement marking the report’s release:

“The IOM report on LGBT health is a significant and welcome advance in efforts to address the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people across America. With this comprehensive report, the IOM joins a growing chorus of voices – from federal and state governments to research institutions, associations of health professionals, and community-based organizations – calling for policies, programs, and research agendas that directly confront the critical health issues facing LGBT individuals and their families. This report builds on existing initiatives that seek to promote the health and wellbeing of LGBT people, such as the new LGBT Health topic area in Healthy People 2020, the creation of an LGBT Interagency Work Group at the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and ongoing efforts to secure inclusion of the LGBT community in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

GMHC is happy too...

"We at Gay Men's Health Crisis are pleased to see such a large and comprehensive report commissioned by the federal government addressing the critical health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people," said Janet Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer of GMHC. "Among the health disparities that disproportionately affect these communities, over half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. are among gay and bisexual men. This report is an excellent step forward in identifying and addressing the social, economic, and structural barriers that drive these health disparities among LGBT people, which should lead to appropriate treatment and care they need and deserve."

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