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Spotlight on Women's Health

Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs


by Kristin Mattocks, PhD, MPH
Seminar date: 7/10/2013

Description: Given the size of the patient population of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), it is likely the largest single provider of health care for sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals in the United States, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. However, current VHA demographic data-collection strategies limit the understanding of how many SGM veterans there are, thereby making a population-based understanding of the health needs of SGM veterans receiving care in VHA difficult. In this presentation, we summarize the emergent research findings about SGM veterans and the first initiatives that have been implemented by VHA to promote quality care. The intended audience is VA researchers, providers, and policymakers.

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