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Improving Health for the LGBT Community

Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health graphicLesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience multiple health disparities due to harassment, discrimination and stigma. Because of these disparities, and the barriers to high quality patient-centered care members of the LGBT community face, the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health was created.

Recent studies by the National Institute of Health, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the Center for American Progress have identified numerous health disparities and issues that need to be addressed including higher rates of smoking, obesity, psychological distress, partner violence, cancer risks as well as reduced access to care.

The program’s focus areas include:

Institutional Climate and Visibility: Nurture and support LGBT diversity and inclusion in the workplace, classroom, and healthcare settings

  • Health Education: Enhance education of faculty, students, and staff in LGBT health and health disparities.
  • Research: Foster research on the optimal ways to improve the care for LGBT patients and their families.
  • Patient Care: Provide patient and family-centered care to the LGBT community.
  • Outreach: Increase collaboration between Penn, affiliated health systems, and the Philadelphia LGBT community.

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