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 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.
In her recent "Conversations in Equity" blog posting entitled "Water Wellness", Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC/ATSDR and the Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE), addresses the issue of obesity, specifically some cultural perspectives on obesity. She is "intrigued by the social and cultural meanings ascribed to body size and shape. These meanings vary by race and ethnicity, social class, religion, country of birth, whether you live in the North, South or on the West coast of the U.S., and a host of other factors." Dr. Libur also adds her own observations on the variety of exercise habits seen at her local gym; the types of exercise performed seems to vary by gender, age, and body form.
She notes that the prevalence of obesity has increased among men between 1999-2002 and 2007-2010 (CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (2013)). She cites statistics illustrating the disparity in healthy weights among different racial groups "for obesity grade 3, 12.1% of non-Hispanic blacks aged 20 years and older were in this category compared to 5.6% of non-Hispanic whites, 0.9% of non-Hispanic Asians, and 5.8% of Hispanic persons in this age range." In concluding her post, she raises several questions concerning healthy weights for male individuals:
These comments serve to highlight the need for considering population diversity (culture, race and ethnicity, social class, etc.) in developing programs to address obesity.
Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity in the Office of Minority Health & Health Equity at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), maintains a blog devoted to increasing awareness of health inequities and promoting national, state, and local efforts to reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.
The purpose of the Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity is to provide support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent (See Section III) for protected time to devote effort to basic, epidemiological or outcomes research and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Candidates for this award should have independent, peer-reviewed, research support at the time of award and possess a demonstrated record of mentoring individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. The candidate's research should demonstrate a sustained level of research productivity in the research areas supported by the NIDDK. The long-term objective of this funding opportunity is to provide mentors with protected time to enhance mentoring opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, thereby ensuring the availibility of a pool of scientists from diverse backgrounds to facilitate research within the mission areas of the NIDDK.
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American Society of Andrology
39th Annual Conference
April 4 - 8, 2014
InterContinental BuckHead Atlanta
Check the ASA Meeting site for more information.
Call for Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2014 Annual Conference.
Deadline to submit: October 25, 2013, 12:00 Noon Central Time zone.
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