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Between Expanding Health Care Services, Groundbreaking Research, and Fun and Informative Community Events, There is Always a Lot Going on at Fenway Health.

Between expanding health care services, groundbreaking research, and fun and informative community events, there is always a lot going on at Fenway Health. Visit this space regularly to stay informed on the latest happenings at all our locations! You’ll also find our latest press releases and publications for learning and sharing what’s new at Fenway.


May 26, 2017

People with HIV, LGBT people, and Black and Latino people would disproportionately lose health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act

On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the amended American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the U.S. House on May 4, would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 as compared with what would be expected under continued implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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May 24, 2017

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Sharply Cut HIV And Chronic Disease Prevention, Eliminate HIV Care Programs

This week, President Trump released a proposed budget that, if enacted, would sharply reduce spending for healthcare and disease prevention. The proposed budget would cut Medicaid by $800 billion over 10 years. It would also cut the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) by 20% over the next two years. One in three American children, 46 million in total, receive health care either through Medicaid or CHIP. People living with HIV, Black and Latino people, and the children living in these families would be among those most affected by Trump’s $4 trillion budget.

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May 8, 2017

Fenway Health Urges Senate To Preserve Health Equity Measures And Coverage Expansions Of ACA

Last week, the US House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If this bill becomes law, millions of Americans are at risk of losing their health insurance, and tens of millions more risk ineligibility for future health insurance coverage because of treatment for preexisting health conditions such as diabetes, depression, and cancer.

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May 4, 2017

Religious “Liberty” And The License To Discriminate

Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It is designed to permit political speech by religious institutions that might previously have risked their tax-exempt status. The order did not include broader “religious liberty” provisions that would have given businesses, non-profit organizations, and other entities a license to discriminate against people who are LGBT, have had abortions, or unmarried people who engage in sex.

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May 2, 2017

MacArthur Amendment To AHCA Poses Even Greater Threat To LGBT People, People Living With HIV Than Original Bill, Says Fenway Institute

Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief analyzing how a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump Administration’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could impact LGBT people and people living with HIV (PLWH).

“This amendment takes a bad bill and makes it worse. If enacted, it would make it much more difficult for people with pre-existing health conditions such as HIV to obtain health insurance that is affordable,” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research for The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.

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March 7, 2017

LGBT People And Those Living With HIV Have Benefitted From ACA, Have Much At Stake In Reform Debate

Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health insurance coverage.

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February 23, 2017

Trump Administration Rolls Back Guidance Protecting Transgender Students, Threatening Their Health and Well-Being

On February 22, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice jointly issued a letter to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity. The guidance issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number of states across the country proposing and passing anti-transgender “bathroom bills,” many of which specifically targeted transgender youth by prohibiting them from using school restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued guidance to schools explicitly stating that both agencies consider discrimination on the basis of gender identity in schools as a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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December 8, 2016

Governor’s 9C Cuts Could Impact Access to Healthcare

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced $98 million in budget cuts in response to anticipated revenue shortfalls, including nearly $1 million in cuts to the HIV/AIDS line item. These cuts will impact a range of programs, including HIV counseling and testing, access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and access to clean syringes and life-saving Narcan.

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December 6, 2016

Shortage of Injectable Estrogen is a Public Health Crisis

For nearly two years, drug manufacturers have not been able to meet demand for injectable estrogen, which is a commonly prescribed hormone therapy for transgender women. A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Treatment Action Group (TAG) describes the shortage as a “public health crisis” and urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be more proactive in seeking to resolve the crisis.

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October 13, 2016

New Policy Brief Argues That Gun Violence Is an LGBT Public Health Issue, Urges LGBT Organizations To Embrace a Reasonable Gun Control Agenda

Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community, and urging the LGBT community to join the movement to enact a reasonable gun control agenda in the United States.

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October 6, 2016

The Fenway Institute, Harlem United Launch Online LGBT, HIV, and Health Equity Voting Resource for Voters

With less than a month left before Election Day, Harlem United and Fenway Health have launched a campaign to educate voters about where the presidential candidates and the political parties stand on six key health equity issues: LGBT equality; HIV/AIDS; healthcare ; substance use; mental health; and housing. Past and current positions on health equity issues were compiled from official campaign statements, party platforms, interviews and articles, and records as public servants or public figures. The campaign consists of social media, a website, and an in-depth report on the candidates and party platforms.

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October 6, 2016

Fenway Institute Commends NIMHD for Designating Sexual and Gender Minorities As a Health Disparity Population at NIH

The Fenway Institute today commended the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for designating sexual and gender minorities (SGM) as a health disparity population for research at the National Institutes of Health. According to NIMHD director Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, “Mounting evidence indicates that SGM populations have less access to health care and higher burdens of certain diseases, such as depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. But the extent and causes of health disparities are not fully understood, and research on how to close these gaps is lacking.”

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August 11, 2016

CDC Finds That High School Age Gay And Bisexual Males Have Much Higher Rates Of Substance Use Than Their Heterosexual Male Peers

Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that high school age males in the U.S. who are gay or bisexual report much higher rates of substance use than heterosexual males. Findings from the report titled, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015,” highlights results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and details the risk behavior disparities of sexual minority youth, as compared with their heterosexual peers.

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July 8, 2016

Fenway Health Statement On Gov. Baker’s Signing Of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination,” which will prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places. Fenway Health President and CEO Steve Boswell MD, FACP released the following statement in response:

“We applaud Governor Baker for signing the transgender anti-discrimination bill into law. This marks an important moment in the Commonwealth.”

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June 16, 2016

State “Religious Liberty” Laws Threaten Access To Healthcare By LGBT People And Represent Serious Threat To Public Health

A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute examines controversial state legislation that seeks to restrict access to healthcare and other essential services by LGBT people. Some of the proposed legislation would also nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and denies transgender people access to restrooms according to their gender identity. In the last 18 months, 175 so-called “religious liberty” bills have been filed in 32 states. Six states―Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida―have passed such legislation, and their governors have signed them into law. The policy brief puts this wave of anti-LGBT legislation into historical context and identifies the risks and implications for LGBT health.

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April 28, 2016

Fenway Health Denounces As “Unethical And Unhealthy” Tennessee Bill Permitting Health Care Providers To Decline To Treat LGBT Patients

Fenway Health denounces HB 1840, a Tennessee law signed Wednesday, April 27 by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, which allows therapists and counselors to refuse mental health treatment to patients based on the counselor’s “sincerely held principles.” Under this law, mental health professionals could discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients without any legal repercussions.

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March 24, 2016

Fenway, AIDS Action Commend Douglas M. Brooks as He Ends His Tenure as White House Director of The Office of National AIDS Policy

Fenway Health, The Fenway Institute, and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts commend outgoing White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Douglas M. Brooks, MSW on his two years of exemplary leadership of United States HIV/AIDS policy. In this role, he served as the President’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS and was responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), creating an update of NHAS through 2020, and guiding the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies.

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March 15, 2016

White House AIDS Advisor To Be Honored At Men’s Event

On Saturday, March 19, Fenway Health will honor White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Douglas M. Brooks, MSW with the Congressman Gerry. E. Studds Award in recognition for his years of tireless work in the battle against HIV/AIDS. The award will be given at Fenway’s annual Men’s Event, which brings together more than 1,300 gay and bisexual men, transgender people, friends and supporters for a night of dinner, dancing, and raising money for life-saving programs and services that benefit the entire LGBT community.

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February 17, 2016

Introducing TransTalks: A Transgender Health Online Training Video Series

The National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of The Fenway Institute, is thrilled to announce a new comprehensive online training series in transgender health for healthcare providers. The six-video series is titled “Optimizing Transgender Health: A Core Course for Health Care Providers,” and features presentations given at the first annual Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference held at Fenway Health last October by nationally-recognized experts in transgender healthcare. Medical professionals who participate in the online educational series will be eligible for free continuing education credits.

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January 5, 2016

State Anti-Transgender ‘Bathroom Bills’ Threaten Transgender People’s Health, Participation In Public Life

A policy brief released by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by people who are transgender, and describes the many negative outcomes that these discriminatory bills could cause. Lastly, it calls on states to pass laws that protect the rights of all Americans to access public accommodations regardless of gender identity.

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December 3, 2015

Issue Brief Addresses Transgender Women, PrEP Research, And Hormone Concerns

A policy brief released today by the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care—a program of The Fenway Institute, AIDS United, and ARCW—examines questions that have been raised about the interaction between feminizing hormones used by transgender women, and the medication currently approved for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP).

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November 30, 2015

New Report Addresses Health Disparities Faced By LGBTQ Youth Of Color

LGBTQ youth of color experience disproportionate challenges to their physical and mental health, according to an extensive survey released by The Fenway Institute. The Our Health Matters study is the result of partnership of Fenway, BAGLY Inc., and Boston GLASS aimed at examining and addressing the health needs of LGBTQ youth of color in the Greater Boston area.

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October 29, 2015

Obstetric Medicine Journal Publishes Commentary Calling For Greater Support For Pregnant Transgender Men

Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the healthcare system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor at the University of California San Francisco Medical School and Harvey Makadon, MD, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine.

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