Lessons from the 2019 National LGBTQ Health Conference

After five successful years in Chicago, the National LGBTQ Health Conference moved to Atlanta, GA, this past month. Co-organized and hosted by Emory University, the conference had the largest audience to date with more than 320 attendees, including scientists, public health professionals, and health care providers focused on the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minorities.

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Now Available: Articles from the 2017 “State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing” Symposium

The LGBT Health journal has just released its newest issue for Pride Month, featuring articles from ISGMH’s 2017 public symposium “The State of LGBTQ Youth Health and Wellbeing: Strengthening Schools and Families to Build Resilience.” In partnership with the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology, Advocates for Youth, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, an all-day working group meeting was held to identify areas of strong and emerging scientific evidence, gaps in knowledge, and research priorities regarding HIV, substance use, mental health and suicide, and violence among LGBTQ youth.

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Seeking a Participant Engagement Intern for FAB 400

We’re excited to announce a new internship opportunity with FAB 400, our longitudinal socio-behavioral research study that seeks to understand relationship dynamics and personal development among young LGBTQ people assigned female at birth (AFAB) living in Chicago. The study explores why some young people become involved in relationships and others don’t, and what makes some relationships healthy while others become unhealthy or violent.

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Announcing the Winner of the 2019 ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award

We are delighted to announce that Kyle Jozsa has been named the recipient of the ISGMH Graduate Fellow Research Award! The award was established in 2017 in order to provide research and training opportunities for the next generation of SGM scholars.

Kyle received the award to support an interview study focused on the accessibility of sexual- and HIV- related health care for men who have sex with men living in rural areas of the United States.

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Keep It Up! Is Now Accepting Applications for Funding from Community-Based Organizations

Justin Jones

CHICAGO – Keep It Up! (KIU!) is now accepting applications from community-based organizations (CBO) and other HIV service organizations to implement KIU! as part of their existing HIV prevention and testing services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Synthesis Project recently rated KIU!

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Dr. Lauren Beach Delivers Lecture on LGBTQ Responsive Health Care

As part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Lauren Beach presented an informative cultural competency training in LGBTQ health care hosted by Northwestern Medicine. The lecture had more than 300 participants in attendance, with audience members joining remotely from across the country.

You can view a recording of the lecture here.

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Cardiovascular Disease Risk May Be Significantly Higher Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men, Study Finds

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Chicago – Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) may be at a three-fold risk of cardiovascular disease due to high levels of systemic inflammation, reports a new Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing study. Systemic inflammation is commonly associated with HIV infection, but the study shows elevated inflammation levels among YMSM regardless of their HIV infection status.

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