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improving health for sexual and gender minorities
Over the past three decades, a growing cadre of scientists has painstakingly
built the knowledge base around LGBT health concerns. It is now widely acknowledged that sexual and gender
minority groups experience health disparities as a result of multiple socio-cultural factors. Studies have
shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations have higher prevalence of life-threatening
physical and mental health conditions, experience barriers to health care access, and face substantial
threats to quality of life.
The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health supports and stimulates
research to fill critical knowledge gaps related to the health of sexual and gender minorities, strengthening
the foundation for culturally competent treatment and behavior change models. Our scientific vision
is to create an infrastructure that will support the collaborative work of LGBT health researchers and
integrate intellectual and methodological expertise in the interdisciplinary fields of LGBT health and
population research. We aim for a synergistic increase in productivity as a result. The Center
supports the work of collaborating scientists and partner organizations by creating opportunities to meet
and plan further research, formalizing a mentorship process for junior scientists, making datasets available
for further studies, and creating a platform for ongoing communication and shared projects among the group.
Slow Growth in Published Research Articles in LGBT Health
While the number of publications in LGBT health indexed in PubMed has increased considerably over the last two decades, growth of the percent of
LGBT-related publications in relation to the total number of research publications has been much slower and more uneven.