Online Program

Conducting a systematic review of literature that documents the maternal and child health (MCH) needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities

Monday, November 2, 2015

Regan Marquiss, BS candidate, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE
Rebecca Ramsey, MPH, Department of Pediatrics/Child Health Policy, CityMatCH - University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
background Despite the increased recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations in U.S. state and federal health and public health policy, and the inclusion of LGBTQ indicators in Healthy People 2020, there remains a dearth of literature addressing the specific needs of queer families. As the definition of family broadens, it is expected that the number of queer families with children will also continue to rise; if not in occurrence, then as a result of increased visibility. It is documented that LGBTQ populations experience disparities in the incidence of certain physical and mental health issues as well as disparities in access to care. Whether disparities do, or will, exist for the maternal and child health (MCH) needs of LGBTQ populations must be examined.

methods Authors, with the support of a research librarian, will conduct a systematic review. Journals searched will be peer-reviewed journals in the fields of MCH, LGBTQ health, public health, and health policy. Searches will differentiate between issues of sexuality, and issues of gender and gender identity. Additionally, searches will consider a breadth of family health needs. Search parameters, including search terms, populations, and ages, will be documented.

results An initial, rough search using LGBTQ and MCH-realted search terms returned 154 results. A cleaner, more targeted search and a systematic review of the results will be conducted.

public health implications As LGBTQ families become more visible, and the need for culturally appropriate policy grows, current and sound research must be identified and conducted.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the intersection of maternal and child health needs and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Demonstrate an understanding of the existing literature. Identify the gaps and additional research needed in this area.

Keyword(s): Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am pursuing a degree in the biological sciences, and have advanced skills in literature search and reviews. Additionally, as a student, I have the library and human resources to conduct the searches necessary for this submission.
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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