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. Continue Reading ▶︎
Members of ISGMH faculty and staff have signed a statement against bigotry which was sent out by the steering committee of NU’s Organization of Women Faculty. We urge you to do the same.
Like many university campuses, Northwestern has been targeted by bigotry and with white supremacist symbols in recent weeks and over the years. Continue Reading ▶︎
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. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Plemons began by explaining that FFS is not a specific set of procedures performed across the board, but instead denotes a specific goal of the patient; it is a form of sex reassignment surgery which typically includes a variety of bone and soft tissue procedures intended to feminize the faces of transgender women. Continue Reading ▶︎
This Thursday, the Trump administration finalized a new rule enabling medical providers to discriminate against patients based on their “conscience” or personal or religious beliefs. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) argues that enforcement of the rule will remove barriers to entry for people who want to join health care professions but have moral and religious objections to certain types of care or procedures. Continue Reading ▶︎
Keep It Up! (KIU!), ISGMH’s online HIV & STI prevention intervention for young men who have sex with men (YMSM), has just finished filming new and refreshed content for its latest version, set to be released in Fall 2019.
KIU! was recently selected by the Centers for Disease Control as a “best-evidence” HIV risk reduction intervention. Continue Reading ▶︎
Dr. Gregory Phillips II, director of ISGMH’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) research program, has been officially announced as an Affiliate Researcher to the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) at the University of Illinois, College of Education.
As part of ISGMH’s Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series, research assistant professor Dr. Christina Dyar presented research findings on health disparities affecting sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals assigned female at birth (AFAB). Dr. Dyar’s lecture was hosted by Northwestern Medicine.
Dr. Dyar shared that, based on data collected from the FAB400 study, SGM-AFAB people experience disproportionately high rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts when compared to the general population. Continue Reading ▶︎
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. Continue Reading ▶︎
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. Continue Reading ▶︎