Eliminating health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBTQ-Two Spirit health are necessary to ensure that individuals are able to lead long, healthy lives. The many benefits of addressing health concerns and reducing disparities include:
- Reductions in disease transmission and progression;
- Increased mental and physical well-being;
- Reduced health care costs;
- Increased longevity;
- Improved social interconnection within the community and family; and
- Improved social and economic stability.
- Bullying and LGBT Youth – HHS's StopBullying.gov's site offers unique considerations for strategies to address and prevent bullying of LGBT youth
- LGBT Youth – suggestions on what needs should be addressed in public health efforts to improve overall health and eliminate health disparities of LGBT (CDC)
- Gay and Bisexual Men's Health – from the CDC, provides an overview of the health and other issues faced by gay and bisexual men
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health – a site from the CDC addressing issues specific to LQBTQ people
- Stigma and Discrimination – a CDC page dedicated to eliminate discrimination against gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
- Lesbian and Bisexual Health Fact Sheet – a fact sheet from the Office of Women's Health (OWH) that answers common questions about lesbian and bisexual health.
- LGBT-Aging – a page from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Aging (AoA) Diversity, intended to help increase access and improve programs for a diverse older LGBTQ population.
- A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children – developed to help practitioners understand the critical role of family acceptance and rejection in contributing to the health and well-being of adolescents who identify as LGBT from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Improving Data Collection for the LGBT Community – The Affordable Care Act and LGBT Data Collection from the Office of Minority Health (OMH)
- Recommendations on Providing Quality family Planning Services –provides recommendations on how to provide quality family planning services, such as contraceptive services, pregnancy testing and counseling, helping clients achieve pregnancy, basic infertility services, preconception health services, and sexually transmitted disease services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Training Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners – professional training curricula to improve the health and well-being of the LGBT population (SAMHSA and HRSA)
- Larkin Street Stories — tips and best practices for providers serving homeless LGBT youth (SAMHSA)
- Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex or Two-Spirit [PDF - 1.7 MB] – a practice Brief for policymakers, administrators, and providers seeking to learn more about LGBTQI2-S youth and how to develop culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet their needs and preferences (SAMHSA)
- Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations: Information and Resource Kit – from SAMHSA, an overview of current health issues among LGBT populations, designed to create awareness among prevention specialists and healthcare providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBT Americans.
- LGBT Partners – Resources to help the LGBT community get quality health insurance and health care information (CMS)
- Culture, Language and Health Literacy Resources: Gender – a list from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designed to eliminate LGBT health disparities
- PrEP Overview for Providers [PDF - 482 KB] – from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an overview of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (prEP) tool for reducing HIV risk.
LGBTQ-Two Spirit IHS Telebehavioral Health Webinar Series