On May 17th, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released news that starting in 2019, states would no longer be given the option to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions as part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). BRFSS is a population survey that collects behavioral health risk data at the state and local levels and has become a powerful tool for building health promotion activities that address health disparities in marginalized populations like the sexual and gender minority community.
ISGMH’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program penned the following response in protest of this proposed change. You can support their statement by signing this petition to the director of the CDC, Dr. Robert R. Redfield.
See below for the complete statement.