Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-02-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Health and Human Services to collect LGBT health data
News update posted June 29, 2011
2011-06-29

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a plan to collect data to better understand the unique health challenges facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Early this month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius indicated that her department intended to collect this data, and today's announcement comes alongside the publication of draft standards for health data collection under the Affordable Care Act.

"Secretary Sebelius continues to demonstrate her strong commitment to the health of all Americans, including the LGBT community, and we applaud her for it," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Quality data is a foundational step to understanding and addressing the health needs of LGBT people and, for the first time, the federal government has laid out a plan and a commitment to collecting that crucial information. Today's announcement puts us on the road to healthier lives for LGBT people and their families."

As part of its Blueprint for Positive Change, HRC urged the administration to take steps to collect data and address LGBT health disparities, and has continued to push HHS to do so. HRC has also lobbied Congress to include LGBT health data collection in the Affordable Care Act and to fully fund the inclusion of LGBT questions in federal health surveys and programs.

More information about the Department's plan for the collection of LGBT health data is available here: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/lgbt06292011a.html

Williams Institute Applauds HHS Plans For LGBT Inclusion In The National Health Interview Survey

Los Angeles, CA, June 29, 2011….The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced a plan to include sexual orientation and gender identity on the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a key source of information about the health and well-being of all Americans.

Williams Distinguished Scholar Dr. Gary Gates notes, "Today's announcement solidifies the commitment that Secretary Sebelius made last week to provide more and better data about the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As was clearly stated in the findings from the recent Institutes of Medicine report on LGBT health disparities, the need for more data is acute. I urge HHS to move as quickly as possible to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the NHIS."

Columbia University Professor and Williams Senior Scholar Dr. Ilan H. Meyer said, "Our nation's aim to reduce health disparities related to sexual orientation, as stated in Healthy People 2010 and Healthy People 2020, has been hampered by lack of broad population-based quality data. Accurate and reliable data about the health of the LGBT population are essential for forming public health policies, setting research priorities, and designing effective interventions. HHS's announcement that it will include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in health surveys is important news because data collected in such surveys will allow public health professionals and policy makers to understand patterns of and risks for disease among LGBT people, to design effective interventions, and to track our progress over time in reducing health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity."

The Williams Institute has been a leader in advancing LGBT data collection:

With support from the Ford Foundation, Williams convened a group of scholars over a five year period that resulted in the 2009 publication of a best practices guide for asking sexual orientation questions on surveys and appropriately analyzing such data;

More recently, a similar process was initiated to consider best practices regarding measurement and analyses of gender identity data;

In 2010, the Williams Institute partnered with the Census Bureau to produce materials designed to encourage LGBT participation in the 2010 Census;

Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates was asked to serve on a scholarly committee convened by the Census Bureau to consider improvements to how the Bureau collects information about same-sex couples.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Report highlights LGBT elders, effects of loneliness on health 2020-02-28 - [New York, NY] Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ( National Academies ), with support from the AARP Foundation, released ...


Gay News

Broad coalition to rally March 4 to defend the right to abortion 2020-02-28 - As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about a Louisiana abortion case that could severely limit or overturn the right to abortion, a ...


Gay News

Advocates support health-education bill for public schools 2020-02-26 - At a press conference, Wednesday, Feb. 26, a group of advocates announce their support for the Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children's Health ...


Gay News

Census official talks LGBTQs' relevance 2020-02-19 - According to Timothy P. Olson, associate director for field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau, it is imperative that members of the LGBT ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health unveils expansion plans for North and South sides 2020-02-14 - Howard Brown Health announced a multi-year expansion plan that it says will better serve its current and future patients. Howard Brown's new projects ...


Gay News

Decades after San Francisco closed gay bathhouses, new law makes way for return 2020-02-12 - SAN FRANCISCO — District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced legislation Tuesday at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requiring the San Francisco Department ...


Gay News

Conference on AIDS changes name to Conference on HIV 2020-02-04 - Feb. 3, 2020 - NMAC announced today that the name of the United States Conference on AIDS will be changed to the United ...


Gay News

Public Health Institute names award after justice warrior Mary F. Morten 2020-02-01 - Chicago, IL - In a surprise move during the January 26, 2020 reception to celebrate the union between Illinois Safe Schools Alliance ( ...


Gay News

Illinois's LGBTQ Laws Rated in Human Rights Campaign's Annual State Equality Index 2020-01-30 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index ...


Gay News

AMA Foundation Launches New Initiative to Address LGBTQ Health Disparities 2020-01-28 - CHICAGO —The American Medical Association Foundation ( AMAF ) today announced that John D. Evans, telecommunications pioneer, internationally-recognized business executive and philanthropist, will ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.