Fenway Launches LGBT Health Education Web Site During National LGBT Health Awareness Week

Published: April 30, 2012

As part of LGBT Health Awareness Week, the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute has launched its new website providing resources to enhance top quality care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, www.lgbthealheducation.org. The website will include interactive learning tools for health care staff and clinicians to optimize their care of LGBT people throughout the nation and around the world.

“We have both the responsibility and the opportunity to make sure all people receive effective and sensitive health care, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that starts with providing health care organizations and clinicians with the tools they need to provide that care,” said Harvey Makadon, MD, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The new website will be a repository of up-to-date information on resources and relevant publications, and will include a calendar of Fenway’s Education Center’s events, as well as archived webinars. An active blog will highlight current LGBT health news and other items.

The site will also include a directory of the Education Center’s faculty, who are a team of LGBT health experts from key organizations that provide training and technical assistance, webinars, medical school grand rounds, and consultation on creating strategic change.

The launch of the website comes during National LGBT Health Awareness Week (March 26-30), sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBT Health. Since 2003, this event has been a powerful call to action to recognize health as an essential part of the LGBT social justice movement.

 “We hope this new website will be a meaningful way to engage health care staff and clinicians to use our tools and resources and create on-the-ground change in community health centers and other health care organizations,” said Makadon.

For more information, visit www.lgbthealtheducation.org.

For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population.  The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.

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