News Release
  March 31, 2014

CONTACT:

Lee-Ann Donegan

215-349-5660
leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu

Perelman School of Medicine


This announcement is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2014/03/lgbt/

Invitation to Cover: Understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

Realizing the unique health needs of the LGBT Community

PHILADELPHIA — Members of the LGBT community have a unique set of health needs, interests and risks. They are statistically more likely to be at risk of depression, STDs, cancer, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use than their heterosexual counterparts. But, LGBT individuals face many barriers to high quality patient-centered care, including decreased access to healthcare, lack of awareness and insensitivity to their unique health needs, and inequitable policies and practices.

The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health, established in 2013 and a key initiative of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, aims to support the health and well being of LGBT populations by becoming a local and national leader in LGBT patient care, education, research, and advocacy.

The initative’s first educational program will bring together national and local leaders in LGBT health who will address the Affordable Care Act’s impact on LGBT community, LGBT research and education, and LGBT health and patient care in Philadelphia. The program is collaboration with Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4 PM to 6:00 PM

WHERE:
John Morgan Building, Reunion Auditorium
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 1910

WHO:
Baligh Yehia, MD MPP, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Director, Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health

Kellan Baker 
Associate Director, LGBT Research and Communications
Center for American Progress

Nurit Shein
Executive Director, Mazzoni Center

Mitchell R. Lunn
Founder and Investigator, LGBT Medical Education Research Group
Stanford University, School of Medicine 

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.