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Reducing Health Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans

October 20, 2011
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Co-sponsored by: Grantmakers in Health

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This telebriefing will highlight recent developments on identifying and reducing health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. For example, in April 2010, the President issued a Memorandum directing the Department of Health and Human Services to issue regulations ensuring equal hospital visitation and advance directives policies for LGBT patients and their families. Last December’s launch of Healthy People 2020 explicitly included the LGBT population as a disparities population. The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report on gaps and opportunities in LGBT health research, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, was issued in March 2011. And in April 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services outlined new and existing LGBT-focused initiatives across a broad range of the department’s activities, and the continuation of a senior level department work group on LGBT issues.

Despite these recent reports and activities on LGBT health issues, the Institute of Medicine emphasizes how many fundamental areas of knowledge about LGBT health remain unexplored, especially for bisexual and transgender populations, for LGBT individuals who are also members of racial and ethnic minorities or of other groups affected by health disparities, and for LGBT individuals across the life course.

The telebriefing also will examine some of the opportunities that national health care reform provides to advance knowledge, awareness, and skills to appropriately address LGBT health disparities in all health care settings. These opportunities include ensuring equal access to the new health insurance products offered through state health insurance exchanges, standardized data collection and analyses regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, support for LGBT patient and community engagement, cultural competency training on LGBT issues for all health care providers, recruitment of LGBT health professions students, and support for LGBT health care providers and researchers.

Finally, the telebriefing will explore some strategies for funders to consider that could leverage the increased attention that are being focused on issues of LBGT health disparities.


Kellan Baker, MPH, MPP, Health Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

Judith Bradford, PhD, Director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, Fenway Health

Daniel Gould, LCSW, Deputy Director, California LGBT Health and Human Services Network

Irfan Hasan, Program Officer, Health & People with Special Needs, The New York Community Trust


Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant

Only Grantmakers Invited? Yes

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community

Focus(es): Focus on Bisexuals, Focus on Gay Men, Focus on Lesbians, Focus on Transgender People

Topic(s): Health