A New York Times article published on May 7, 2021 highlights how lack of collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity may cause LGBTQ people to be unseen in vaccine rollouts. National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center Director, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, says "The reason we need to do data-driven, culturally responsive outreach is that medical mistrust — and along with that, vaccine hesitancy — among L.G.B.T.Q. people is rooted in the stigma and discrimination that this community has experienced over time." The online version of the article is here.
All Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC look-alikes are invited to apply for the January 2021 – June 2021 COVID-19 ECHO program. This six month series is designed to increase your health center's capacity to identify and implement best practices for meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 ECHO is a free program and CME credits are available.
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The COVID-19 ECHO program is designed to increase your health center's capacity to identify and implement best practices for meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era" was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Authored by Drs. Jack L. Turban, MD, MHS, Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, and Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, this article provides guidance for health care providers counseling patients on sexual well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this unprecedented and stressful time, facilitating brief conversations and referrals to relevant resources can help patients maintain sexual wellness while reducing risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection.