Becker Library’s updated LGBTQ Health Care Resource Guide is designed to assist health professionals with finding health and research information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender-questioning communities. There are also links for LGBTQ individuals looking for professional associations and community resources.
A new addition features resources for finding a provider, including Washington University School of Medicine’s LGBTQ+ Health Provider Directory. This directory was created in response to requests from patients and referring physicians and lists health care providers in the School of Medicine/BJC health system who have self-identified as interested in providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ+ patients. To find out more, please visit the Office of Inclusion and Diversity’s website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Some of these health disparities are caused by stigma and discriminatation.1 It is important for sexual and gender minority patients to feel acceptance of their identity when they are seeking healthcare.2 Practitioners interested in ensuring a welcoming environment for LGBT patients will find resources on the Cultural Resources page of the guide.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, March 25). About LGBT Health. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/about.htm
- Kenneth H. Mayer, Judith B. Bradford, Harvey J. Makadon, Ron Stall, Hilary Goldhammer, and Stewart Landers. Sexual and Gender Minority Health: What We Know and What Needs to Be Done. American Journal of Public Health: June 2008, Vol. 98, No. 6, pp. 989-995.