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New content teaches current, future providers about the
unique health care needs of sexual and gender minorities
Philadelphia, April 30, 2015 - The American College of
Physicians (ACP) today released the second edition of
The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Health during its annual scientific meeting, Internal
Medicine Meeting 2015.
The textbook is edited by Dr. Harvey Makadon, Dr. Ken Mayer, and
Hilary Goldhammer of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, and Dr.
Jennifer Potter of Fenway Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center. Written for clinicians, students, public health
professionals, researchers, and policymakers about the unique
health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
people, its goal is to help the health care community in making
their practices welcoming, inclusive of, and educated about LGBT
patients. The new edition has been updated, with approximately 80
percent new content, to address the clinical and social changes
that have emerged over the past eight years, since the first
edition was published.
"We are pleased to publish this significantly updated Fenway
Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health," said
Dr. David Fleming, president, ACP. "The book is a valuable resource
that addresses common health disparities experienced by LGBT
patients and how health care providers, students, and trainees of
all disciplines and specialties of medicine, along with
researchers, policymakers and public health professionals can
improve the health of this population."
In addition to having the same basic health needs as the general
population, LGBT individuals often experience disparities in health
and access to health care. For example:
"As medical and public health providers, it is our
responsibility to be familiar with emerging LGBT health issues so
that we are delivering high quality care in an environment that is
welcoming and inclusive," said Dr. Makadon, director of the
National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute and
clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Without
feeling affirmed, people will not come for prevention or care. We
must facilitate dialogue about behaviors and situations that result
in these health care disparities so that patients are comfortable
being honest and open with us. Communication between physicians and
patients is fundamental to providing quality health care."
The Fenway Guide contains chapters on subjects covering
the lifecourse, including chapters on coming out, caring for youth,
family and relationships, and aging. Other topics in this edition
include emerging LGBT global health issues, new standards for
comprehensive care of transgender people, behavioral health, gender
identity development in children and teens, sexual health, and
advances in HIV/AIDS prevention, particularly for sexual and gender
minorities. The book is designed for individual usage, and also can
be used as a tool for teaching a LGBT health curriculum; chapters
can also be used separately in various educational contexts.
The Fenway Guide to LGBT Health will be distributed by
all major distributors and medical book sellers and is available to
purchase at www.acponline.org/fenway and
or by calling ACP Customer Service at 800-523-1546, ext. 2600, or
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About Fenway Health
For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make
life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT
community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population.
The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary
center for research, training, education and policy development
focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway's
Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults
ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else,
including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless;
struggling with substance use; or living with HIV/AIDS. In 2013,
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts joined the Fenway Health
family, allowing both organizations to improve delivery of care and
services across the state and beyond. For more information, visit
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