APA Participates in Key Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Meeting

APA members and staff from APA's Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Concerns Office participated in the Nov. 12 and 13 National Coalition for LGBT Health's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting, titled "Moving Toward Health Equity: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities," focused on the role of policy in closing the health gap for LGBT populations.

David Dean, Jr., PhD, Ashley Boal, Leo Rennie, Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, and Ron Schlittler

David Dean, Jr., PhD, Ashley Boal, Leo Rennie, Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, and Ron Schlittler

APA Breakout Session

In addition to the coalition wide discussions, PI-GRO staff led a breakout group session focused specifically on behavioral health disparities in the LGBT population. This session highlighted several priorities in the next Congress relating to behavioral health, including: 

  • Protection of Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the provisions for LGBT communities 

  • Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) across states 

  • Reauthorizations of: 

    - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

    - The Ryan White Care Act

    - The Older Americans Act

APA members Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, Beth Israel Medical Center and David Dean Jr., PhD, SAMHSA, raised issues of importance to psychology during the session. Additionally, a great deal of discussion centered on the importance of gathering data about the LGBT community, to better understand the extent of health disparities. The breakout session attendees stressed the necessity of including questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in research to address this issue.