Celebrate LGBT History Month with an address by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD.
Among the nation's leading advocates for LGBTQ rights and health equity, Levine was recently elected President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. A dynamic and passionate speaker, Secretary Levine will discuss the health disparities present in LGBTQ populations.
Learn about the etiology, standards of care, and opportunities to progress in this field of health care. She will describe the context of social stigma for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, summarize the energizing research about associations between sexual orientation, etiology of gender identity, and transgender medicine, and identify barriers to seeking care and best practice guidelines.
Friday, October 25
Pitt Public Health
Public Health Auditorium (G23)
After Dr. Levine's talk, Tell Us Your LGBT History by sharing your history as an LGBTQ community member or ally.
Find out more at publichealth.pitt.edu/lgbt-health.
Dr. Levine's visit is one of the highlights of LGBT History Month observances at Pitt Public Health and complements our year-round educational and research programs in these areas.
Certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness
LGBT populations face unique and challenging health and wellness issues as well as disparities in health care delivery systems. This 15-credit graduate certificate program offers a public health perspective on social, cultural, and individual factors that influence the health and well-being of LGBT communities. Students develop the practical skills necessary to identify, analyze, and address these issues—including the design and evaluation of programs, interventions, epidemiological research, and policy analysis related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Core course work topics include historical development of LGBT health focus area, a systems overview of conditions of greater prevalence among LGBT populations, review of theories of personal and community based health interventions, cultural competency skill development related to LGBT health care delivery, and development of critical thinking skills.
Center for LGBT Health Research
The health problems faced by sexual and gender minority members are often the same as those in the general population. However, in many cases sexual and gender minorities have a greater risk for health problems, such as breast cancer; HIV; hepatitis A, B, and C; and stress-related conditions. Additional research is needed on the health risks associated with lifestyle, prolonged hormone use, or transgender surgery, and on the effects of stigma and sanctions on physical health, mental health, and substance abuse problems.
Comprising researchers, students, and affiliates committed to advancing our knowledge, the Center for LGBT Health Research promotes collaborative work in these areas.
Find out more at pre.lgbthlthres.pitt.edu.