Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

AMA Foundation begins fellowship program to address LGBTQ+ health disparities
--From a press release
2021-07-20

This article shared 741 times since Tue Jul 20, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO — The American Medical Association Foundation (AMA Foundation) today announced the University of Wisconsin—Madison as the inaugural institution of its National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program to begin transforming the health equity landscape for the LGBTQ+ community. Launched with a $750,000 grant from the AMA Foundation, the program will revolutionize health care for LGBTQ+ individuals by providing advanced fellowship training for physicians— who are "first-contact" doctors for their patients' medical needs — in ways to optimize the health of LGBTQ+ patients. The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure that all LGBTQ+ patients receive the highest standards of care.

Today's announcement marks the first chapter in the Fellowship Program's nationwide effort to train hundreds of fellows, while developing multi-disciplinary standards of care for LGBTQ+ health to educate the next generation of physician leaders. The result will be a workforce of LGBTQ+ health specialists and a rich body of knowledge that can be passed on to all medical schools and health care professionals by establishing best practices in caring for LGBTQ+ patients.

In a stringent peer-reviewed process, the AMA Foundation selected the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for the award due to its extensive multidisciplinary network of institutional and community leaders with expertise in LGBTQ+ health. The school's interdisciplinary collaborative fellowship will build on existing foundations of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that support affirming LGBTQ+ services and will accelerate education, research, and clinical initiatives. The first fellow will be recruited to begin their training in July 2022. Fellows will have opportunities to extend their training beyond one year to do additional scholarship to advance LGBTQ+ health equity. The program will accept one fellow each year thereafter, with a goal of recruiting three fellows per year annually by the fifth year.

"This program is the AMA Foundation's response to the urgent need to address the systemic health inequities and lack of quality medical care for LGBTQ+ patients," said John D. Evans, chair of the AMA Foundation Fellowship Commission on LGBTQ+ Health. "The LGBTQ+ community is widely diverse, and for those members of the community who are also members of other marginalized groups—such as people of color, people with disabilities and those living in rural communities—the outcomes are exponentially worse. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the health care inequities for LGBTQ+ people of color and other marginalized communities as those groups received inconsistent and inadequate care and representation throughout the pandemic."

The AMA Foundation is uniquely positioned to dramatically accelerate the pace of change in improving the health of and health care for LGBTQ+ patients. One in five LGBTQ+ adults avoid medical care due to fear of discrimination and one-third of medical schools spent zero hours teaching LGBTQ+ health. The AMA Foundation will serve as a convening force to bring together leaders in the LGBTQ+ community, health care, medical education, community organizations, and advocacy groups with fellows and partnering institutions.

With the vision and support of the LGBTQ+ Honor Fund Founding Donors, and under the direction of the AMA Foundation Board, the AMA Foundation Fellowship Commission on LGBTQ+ Health — a collaborative of LGBTQ+ thought leaders, educational specialists, physicians and philanthropists led by John D. Evans — provides oversight on the development of the Fellowship Program. This group conducted a rigorous peer review and analysis of the many exceptional proposals submitted for consideration.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in LGBTQ+ health, Elizabeth Petty, M.D., Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, will oversee the program at the school.

"We envision a future where LGBTQ+ and gender diverse patient populations experience optimal health and feel accepted and supported by health care providers who are well-versed in both general and unique medical needs of LGBTQ+ patients," said Petty. "We have much ground to cover before we reach this goal, as far too many LGBTQ+ patients in our society currently experience oppression, stigma, lack of support, lack of medical understanding, and discrimination when seeking care, which leads to unacceptable and life-threatening health disparities. Our team is deeply committed to changing that narrative."

"Disparities in the health of and care for LGBTQ people have been widely reported, and we are excited that the new AMA Foundation National LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program can help motivate and prepare doctors and medical institutions to improve outcomes for LGBTQ+ and other vulnerable populations," said Shilpen Patel, M.D., Immediate Past Chair of the AMA's Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues. "The fellowship program being launched by UW—Madison has the great potential to transform care and the outcomes associated with care for LGBTQ+ people throughout the country as additional institutions leverage the learnings gained through this innovative program."

"I am deeply grateful to the AMA Foundation for their recognition of the urgent need to address these important health equity issues," said Petty. "I look forward to working with them as well as our amazing team of champions for LGBTQ+ health equity in Wisconsin and beyond."

This initiative builds on the work of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative launched in 2013 to create the medical school of the future and address the growing gap between how physicians are being trained and the skills they'll need to practice in modern health systems. The AMA will continue its efforts to drive the future of medicine by reimagining medical education, training and lifelong learning — ensuring physicians are better equipped to provide care in the rapidly-evolving health care environment. Additionally, this AMA Foundation LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program is in full alignment with the AMA's strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity, this which serves as a three-year roadmap to plant the initial seeds for action and accountability to embed racial justice and advance health equity as we strive for optimal health for all.


This article shared 741 times since Tue Jul 20, 2021
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Gov. Pritzker announces campaign to increase COVID-19 booster rates among older Illinoisans 2021-10-20
--From a press release - CHICAGO — With 1.5 million Illinoisans currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot and millions more set to become eligible in the coming weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) ...


Gay News

COVID Two more states and D.C. removed from Chicago's travel advisory 2021-10-19
- The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed two states and the District of Columbia from its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory on Oct. 19. The advisory now includes 45 states and two territories following the removal ...


Gay News

Ald. Maria Hadden encourages community to be active participants 2021-10-18
By Cris Villalonga-Vivoni - AIt was Chicago Ald. Maria Hadden's friends who convinced her to run for city council as the 49th Ward's alderperson. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hadden moved to Rogers Park 20 years ago after graduating from The ...


Gay News

Colorado becomes first state to require trans care as essential health benefit 2021-10-17
- Colorado has become the first state in the country to include transition-related care for transgender people as part of the requirements for essential healthcare in the state, The Washington Blade reported. As part of the change, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV 2021-10-17
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...


Gay News

Black Incubator and Accelerator (BIA) program to offer support for Black-led organizations 2021-10-12
- A new program—Black Incubator and Accelerator (BIA)—is offering funding and resources to Black-led organizations that primarily serve Black communities on the South and West Sides. BIA is new this year and run by University of Chicago ...


Gay News

Howard Brown's 'Big Orange Ball' on Oct. 23 2021-10-09
- Howard Brown Health will hold its annual Big Orange Ball virtually Saturday, Oct. 23, 8-9 p.m. The event will then be shown On-Demand through Sunday, Oct. 31, at midnight. This year, people can kick off Halloween ...


Gay News

HHS awards $2.21B in FY2021 for HIV care, support services, medication 2021-10-05
--From a press release - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced approximately $2.21 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding for cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year ...


Gay News

PHIMC to present second Mary F. Morten Award on Nov. 7 2021-10-06
- Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) announced Chicago Freedom School as the 2021 recipient of the Mary F. Morten Award for Justice. According to a release, "Chicago Freedom School is being recognized for its vital ...


Gay News

AMA panel examines the role of critical race theory in contemporary healthcare 2021-10-05
- An Oct. 4 online forum hosted by the Chicago-based American Medical Association (AMA) addressed critical race theory (CRT) and its applications for equity in healthcare settings. CRT has achieved notoriety ...


Gay News

Illinois HIV Care Connect launches HIV Innovation campaign 2021-10-05
- On Oct. 5, Illinois HIV Care Connect launched its HIV Innovation web and social-media campaign, showcasing several Illinois HIV initiatives that are helping to prevent or treat HIV more effectively. Articles about five initiatives so far ...


Gay News

COVID Connecticut removed from Chicago travel advisory 2021-10-05
- On Oct. 5, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) removed one state—Connecticut—from its weekly COVID-19 travel advisory. The advisory now stands at 47 states and three territories. Although the ...


Gay News

Report: Older LGBTQs lack access to healthcare, financial security, caregiving 2021-10-05
--From a press release - Chicago — LGBTQ older adults across Illinois are struggling to get the healthcare, financial security and caregiving support they desperately need, according to a new report from AARP Illinois and SAGE released today. The disparities, outlined ...


Gay News

Out state Sen. Mike Simmons aims to 'prioritize people' in economic, healthcare equity fight 2021-10-04
- Each week, Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons' constituents pile into his office to share ideas about how to improve their lives. Through conversations with single mothers raising young children in poverty, residents facing displacement and teenagers ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health to receive $1M from Col. Jennifer Pritzker's TAWANI Foundation 2021-09-28
--From a press release - (Sept. 28, 2021 - Chicago, IL) Howard Brown Health has received a commitment of $1 million from TAWANI Foundation, including a pledge of $500,000 and a challenge grant of $500,000 to support the expansion of LGBTQ+ ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.