The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) was founded in 2015 and is the first university-wide institute in the country focused exclusively on research to improve the health of the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community. ISGMH grew from director Dr. Brian Mustanski’s IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program, which has been conducting state-of-the art translational research with SGM youth populations since 2008. It was founded with the support of the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Feinberg School of Medicine.
To create a world where SGM communities have equitable opportunities to live healthy and fulfilling lives. To be a global leader in using research to foster understanding of the development and experiences of SGM individuals and improve the health and wellbeing of SGM communities.
As a university-wide institute, our mission is to connect scholars from numerous disciplines with SGM communities to facilitate collaborations and stimulate innovative research to improve SGM health and wellbeing. The institute provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars. We aim to share our expert knowledge widely with SGM communities and the wider public, practitioners, scientists, and policymakers.