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Rainbow Access Initiative is an all-volunteer organization that seeks to inform and educate health care and human service professionals in the unique aspects of LGBTQ specific health issues, and to inform and educate the LGBTQ public about options they have in obtaining culturally-competent treatment. Please look around - we have a great deal of information here from which to become better informed. Be sure to sign up for our e-mail newsletter while you are here.

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MY HEALTH CARE STORY MATTERS!

Help RAI develop the largest video collection of personal health care stories told by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer consumers. Your Story Matters and we want to hear it! Help us respond to the Institute Of Medicine and Dept. of Health & Human Service call for more data from LGBTQ Health Care consumers. Visit... My Health Care Story Matters! to learn more and to see some of the videos recorded so far.

 

 

AVAILABLE ONLINE: "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding" FROM INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE.

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People assesses the state of science on the health status of LGBT populations, identifies research gaps and opportunities, and outlines a research agenda for the National Institute of Health. The report examines the health status of these populations in three life stages: childhood and adolescence, early/middle adulthood, and later adulthood. At each life stage, the committee studied mental health, physical health, risks and protective factors, health services, and contextual influences. To advance understanding of the health needs of all LGBT individuals, the report finds that researchers need more data about the demographics of these populations, improved methods for collecting and analyzing data, and an increased participation of sexual and gender minorities in research. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is a valuable resource for policymakers, federal agencies including the National Institute of Health (NIH), LGBT advocacy groups, clinicians, and service providers.

 

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We are able to continue our efforts to improve the health delivery systems and outcomes for the LGBT community because of the continued support of people just like you. If you would like to contribute to that work, please use the button below.

 
 
A LETTER TO FRIENDS AND ALLIES FROM RAI'S BOARD PRESIDENT

As we head into a new decade the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in America is going to continue to break new ground. Click here to read a letter from Chad Putman, President of RAI.