NIH Announcement: Sexual and Gender Minorities Formally Designated as a Health Disparity Population for Research Purposes
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) recently announced that sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) have been formally designated as a health disparity population for NIH research. As defined in the message from Dr. Pérez-Stable, "the term SGM encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, as well as those whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or reproductive development varies from traditional, societal, cultural, or physiological norms."
The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015. This report can be found on the YRBS website at www.cdc.gov/yrbs.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new study on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth. The study, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12—United States and Selected Sites, 2015,” was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Visit the CDC Web site to learn more about this national study and the 2015 YRBS results.
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