260311 Analysis of LGBTQ identified US Veteran health care

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Lauren Smith , Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) US veterans have long been a “hidden” and neglected population; individuals who have been forced to hide their true identity while in what may be considered one of the most highly stressful environments known to humankind. More recently this population has been given more freedom, but has this newly found freedom made an impact, particularly in correcting disparities within the VA healthcare system? This is an analysis of the health care that LGBTQ veterans receive in comparison to heterosexual veterans as well as the possible effects that these disparities have on the mental and physical health of LGBTQ veterans. Literature reviews as well as first person interviews were used to compare the quality of health care and determine the implications of the differences in quality of care and most importantly, ideas of how to correct the inequities of care for future LGBTQ veterans.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Design a training seminar for medical professionals to provide culturally competent care to LGBTQ Veterans. Describe the inequities of care between heterosexual veterans and LGBTQ veterans. Discuss the implications of unequal care between heterosexual and LGBTQ identified veterans.

Keywords: Veterans' Health, Sexuality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: LGBTQ Veterans are among my interests and I performed all research and literature reviews for this paper.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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