Wellbeing Disparities: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities Lesbian Health

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3/1/05. Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative. 2. Diagram. Most recent ten years demonstrate some advancement in lesbian wellbeing researchEvidence indicates lesbians may be at higher danger than hetero ladies for some endless diseasesHomophobia is a wellbeing riskGrassroots endeavors are driving the way. . 3/1/05. Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative.

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Wellbeing Disparities: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities Lesbian Health 19 th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control March 1, 2005 Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Overview Last ten years demonstrate some advance in lesbian wellbeing research Evidence indicates lesbians might be at higher hazard than hetero ladies for some unending infections Homophobia is a wellbeing hazard Grassroots endeavors are driving the way Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Progress has been made in perceiving lesbians as an objective populace 1985 – National Lesbian Health Care Survey 1994 – National Institute of Health (NIH) incorporates lesbians and bi-ladies in Women's Health Initiative Study 1997 – Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Lesbian Health Research Priorities gathered 1997 – CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (BCCP) incorporates lesbians as need populace 2000 – Gay and Lesbian Medical Assn., with HHS subsidizing, distributes Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT Health 2000 – U.S. Statistics initially starts to track same-sex couples Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Factors influencing lesbian wellbeing Childbearing Routine screening Insurance Unhealthy practices Access to mind 1985-1995 pooled review information for lesbians 1994 NHI Survey and 1984-1994 Nat'l Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, Cochran and Mays, Am J Pub Health, 2001 Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Lesbians report negative involvement of human services "A soon as I said I was a lesbian, the medical caretakers began giving me nauseated looks ." " You'd get poorer care on the off chance that they knew you were a lesbian ." " It resembles putting your life in the hands of somebody who truly loathes you." Stevens, P.E. also, S. Morgan (2001). J Pediatric Health Care 15(1): 24-34 Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Homophobia is a wellbeing danger Being gay or lesbian is not intrinsically risky to wellbeing Homophobia – outside and disguised – must be perceived as an authentic wellbeing peril Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Opportunities and Next Steps Education endeavors are expanding Community-based endeavors keep on growing There is expanded support from some on the national level We have to know more Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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Questions or Comments? Linda Ellis, MEd, MDiv Executive Director Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative www.alci.org Atlanta Lesbian Cancer Initiative

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