Advancing LGBT Health and Well-Being. 2016 Report.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee.
This sixth annual report describes actions the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken over the past six years, as well as steps HHS will continue to take in addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health disparities. Accomplishments in 2016 are highlighted and include: in May, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the final rule implementing Section 1557 (the non-discrimination provision) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which protects against discrimination on the basis, including gender identity and sex stereotyping; in June, Secretary Burwell announced the creation of a new position for a Senior Advisor for LGBT Health within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH); and in October, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) officially designated sexual and gender minorities (SGM) as a health disparity population for research. Efforts by HHS are then described in the areas of prohibiting discrimination against LGBT individuals and families, improving data collection and supporting research on LGBT communities, building the knowledge base, and improving cultural competency, and expanding capacity to serve LGBT communities. The final part of the report describes federally funded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants to enhance access to and retention in quality HIV care for transgender women of color, and to increase the capacity, quality and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS service for Black men who have sex with men (Black MSM) community in HIV clinical care. Additional federal initiatives to address LGBT health disparities are described. 33 references.
lesbians; homosexuality; transgender; well being; health; needs; civil rights; cultural competency; federal programs; funding; grants; research needs; data collection; African Americans