This week the nation is celebrating National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, and in recognition of such event, SAMHSA is releasing a new publication that provides a comprehensive overview of physical and behavioral health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. This Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit represents an important part of SAMHSA’s commitment to create awareness among prevention specialists and healthcare providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBT Americans. Guided by the vision and mission of SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity and the goal of addressing behavioral health disparities, this resource directly supports SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives which encourage behavioral health services and systems that incorporate respect for and understanding of the histories, traditions, beliefs, language, sociopolitical contexts, and cultures of diverse populations.
“The Top Health Issues for LGBT Population Information & Resource Kit is written to address the knowledge gap among our providers and prevention specialists regarding the health experiences for LGBT populations,” says Fran Harding, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. “Understanding the health issues of every person we serve is a significant step in improving access to care and quality of behavioral health services.”
The Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit contains seven fact sheets as well as PowerPoint slides that can be used individually or together. The first fact sheet, Helpful Terms for Prevention Specialists and Healthcare Providers, contains an overview of terms and definitions that are specific to LGBT populations. The second fact sheet, A Discussion about Gender Identity, provides an overview of how the concepts and theories about gender, gender roles, and gender identity have developed over time. Four individual fact sheets are dedicated to the top health issues for lesbians, gay men, bisexual men and women, and transgender people. Each fact sheet provides an overview of physical health factors, behavioral health factors, and substance abuse statistics for the specific population. The last fact sheet provides a listing of useful Web-based resources that supplement the information provided.
Download the Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit today!
For more information on SAMHSA’s efforts for the LGBT population, check out our post from last week on National LGBT Week.