HHS announces objectives to improve LGBT health

June 25, 2012

From the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association news:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Department’s 2012 objectives aimed at improving the health and well-being of LGBT Americans. Included in the nine objectives, detailed in a report by the HHS LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, are initiatives aimed at reducing obesity in lesbian and bisexual women and preventing tobacco use among LGBT youth and young adults. Additionally, the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) will award up to eight grants to organizations to connect transgender women of color with HIV prevention and care services, National Institutes of Health will release a report that identifies the gaps and opportunities in its research portfolios in light of the recommendations from the 2011 Institute of Medicine report and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and HRSA will develop a plan to disseminate existing tools to behavioral health and primary care practitioners to help them assess, treat and refer LGBT clients in a culturally competent manner. To read more about the objectives, please click here.

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