The National LGBT Health Education Center

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, the research, training, and health policy division of Fenway Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and one of the world’s largest LGBT-focused health centers.

What We Do

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Healthy People 2020 and the Institute of Medicine Report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People emphasize that health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people occur across the life cycle. For example:

  • LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide and are more likely to be homeless.
  • Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men account for 64% of new cases of HIV, and are at high risk for other STDs.
  • In 2006-2009, there was a 48% increase in new HIV cases among Black men who have sex with men.
  • Lesbians are less likely to get preventive services for cancer and are more likely to be overweight or obese.
  • Transgender individuals have a high prevalence of HIV/STDs,victimization, mental health issues, and suicide, and are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB individuals.
  • Elderly LGBT individuals face additional barriers to health because of isolation and a lack of social services and culturally competent providers.
  • LGBT populations have the highest rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

These health disparities are linked to a long history of stigma and discrimination for LGBT people, but can be addressed with increased training of health care providers, and with more research on these populations. Our goal is to make health care services more welcoming to LGBT people, and to assure that all patients receive sensitive and appropriate preventive, medical, and behavioral health care.

Who We Are

We are a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, educators, and public health professionals with expertise in LGBT health research and care. The Education Center is a part of The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, based in Boston, MA and we work with a national network of faculty, advisors, and collaborators representing medical and public health universities, community health centers, and leading government and non-profit organizations.

Questions?

617.927.6354

Ansin Building

1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

information@fenwayhealth.org

Our Website

Center Staff

  • Harvey J. Makadon, MD, FACP
    Director
  • Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH
    Associate Director
  • Sarah Mitnick
    Operations Manager
  • Laura Kissock, MPH, CHES
    Program Coordinator
  • Genna Ayres, MSW, MPH
    Program Coordinator
  • Elizabeth Perry
    Administrative Assistant