Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Physician brings LGBTQ advocacy to the AMA
by Matt Simonette
2020-03-04

This article shared 3128 times since Wed Mar 4, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


For Milwaukee-based anesthesiologist Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., becoming the chair of the board of trustees of the Chicago-based American Medical Association ( AMA ) stemmed from a deep commitment to health policy.

"When I'm working in the operating room, taking care of patients, I love that," said Ehrenfeld, who is openly gay. "There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient walk out of the hospital…able to go on and lead a healthy and productive life. But at the same time, that is a one-patient-at-a-time sort of deal—when I think about the influence that policy decisions have on impacting health, at a state and federal level, it's extraordinary."

Ehrenfield moved to Milwaukee in 2019, after several years at Vanderbilt University. He is currently senior associate dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine as well as director of the school's Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment.

He was first elected as an AMA officer's position in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. Ehrenfeld is the organization's first openly LGBT officer as well as its first LGBT board of trustees chair. He called his service "an extraordinary privilege."

"There is stuff happening every day," said Ehrenfeld of the board chair position; his one-year term began in mid-2019. "The challenges that we are up against as an organization, a profession and, frankly, as a nation just don't go away. People asked me when I was elected what I wanted to do in my year as chair. There are things I do care deeply about, but what's happened this year and what will happen through the remainder [of his term] are mostly out of my control."

Among those factors, he added, were "the whims of what's happening in Washington" and the Coronavirus outbreak. "We've been deeply engaged with leadership around the country [about the outbreak] in making sure that we're adequately positioned to respond. Those are things you can't predict."

Ehrenfeld has long been active in advocating for LGBT causes, especially as they relate to health policy. He has chaired both the Massachusetts Committee on LGBT Health and the Massachusetts General Hospital LGBT Employee Resource Group, and was a member of both the board committee on quality at Fenway Community Health Center, and the Association of American Medical Colleges' LGBTI liaison group.

He is also a combat veteran and has been a rights-advocate within the military as well. In early 2019, Ehrenfeld testified before the U.S. House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee alongside five transgender service-members against the transgender military ban.

"It's very personal to me—I have so many friends who happen to be transgender, who are serving in the military who are subject to this incredibly problematic, discriminatory policy," he explained. "As somebody who served under Don't Ask Don't Tell, I know the pain of having to be dishonest in serving in an organization that you love dearly."

Ehrenfeld's term as AMA board of trustees chair ends this summer. He noted that the organization's work has rarely been more important than now, when various authorities have cast skepticism on empirical evidence and hard science.

"We need to play our role as a leading voice in medicine, particularly when it comes to our ability to provide a window into evidence and science for practitioners around the country," he added.


This article shared 3128 times since Wed Mar 4, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

VIEWS Taking care of your mental health during a COVID holiday season 2020-11-26
By Adam Ouanes - This holiday season is unlike any before, and it leaves many people feeling unsure about how to get into the holiday spirit. It's not unusual for many people to find this time of year overwhelming, but ...


Gay News

WINDY CITY TIMES 2020 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020-11-25
- Even as crazy as this year has been, there have been some constants—such as the observations of holidays (although they have been a lot more virtual). Among said observations is holiday shopping, and Windy City Times ...


Gay News

Chicago's pandemic budget passes 2020-11-25
- On Nov. 24, The Chicago City Council passed the city's 2021 pandemic budget. According to a media release, "The $12.8 billion budget was built in close collaboration with City Council members, labor partners and other key ...


Gay News

Lawsuit filed regarding trans exclusion for health benefits 2020-11-24
- Lambda Legal and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger PLLC filed a federal lawsuit challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois' (BCBSIL's) administration of a blanket exclusion of gender-affirming care in an ...


Gay News

State Senator Feigenholtz encourages all to sign up for ACA benefits 2020-11-24
--From a press release - CHICAGO — State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) is encouraging everyone to sign up for health coverage during the Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment period, which lasts until Dec. 15. "The Affordable Care Act expanded health care ...


Gay News

Diabetes and HIV 2020-11-24
- Experts suggest that prolonged antiretroviral therapy (ART) of HIV-infected people is associated with increased risk of insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes. I suggest that this is not an accurate scientific explanation. Here's why. T ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Queer-led FamilyQ helps distribute masks 2020-11-23
- FamilyQ is an LGBTQ-led volunteer effort to support nonprofit organizations and social-justice groups by donating more than 100,000 disposable face masks. Proceeds help provide resources to overlooked and underresourced communities. ...


Gay News

11th Circuit Court rules on conversion therapy protections, groups respond 2020-11-20
--From a press release - ATLANTA, GA — Today, in a split decision, a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision today striking down local laws in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Florida protecting minors from undergoing conversion ...


Gay News

PPIL extends Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy program statewide 2020-11-18
- During this year's Transgender Awareness Week (which culminates with the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20), Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) is highlighting its Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT) ...


Gay News

New guide out for educators, parents advocating for LGBTQ students with disabilities 2020-11-17
--From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released a new resource to help both parents and educators advocate on behalf of LGBTQ students with disabilities. NCLR partnered with HRC Foundation, the National ...


Gay News

COVID-19 Pritzker institutes Tier Three mitigations starting Nov. 20 2020-11-17
- With a new wave of COVID-19 surging across Illinois, the Midwest and the nation, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced, on Nov. 17, additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect ...


Gay News

City of Chicago issues Stay at Home Advisory 2020-11-12
- In response to rising COVID-19 cases, Chicago residents have been advised to remain at home beginning Monday, Nov.16, 2020 and to cancel plans to entertain on Thanksgiving. Exceptions to the new Stay at Home Advisory are ...


Gay News

CVS Health offering free, rapid COVID-19 testing on South Side 2020-11-11
--From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill., November 10, 2020 — Together with the New Spiritual Light Missionary Baptist Church and Peer Plus Education and Training Advocates, CVS Health is launching rapid COVID-19 testing at the Chicago Baptist Institute. CVS pharmacists ...


Gay News

Healthcare for tens of millions, including LGBT elders, at stake in Supreme Court hearing 2020-11-10
--From a SAGE press release - Today, the Supreme Court hears yet another case challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This challenge takes up whether eliminating the penalty for not having health insurance makes the individual ...


Gay News

Number of COVID-19 cases among Cook County Circuit Court employees updated 2020-11-09
- The Office of the Chief Judge has announced that four employees and two judges have tested positive for COVID-19. One judge works at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, while the other judge works in the Cook County ...


 



Copyright © 2020 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
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Archives OUT! Guide    Marriage


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.