Addressing the Health Needs of LGBT Missourians

Foundation report sheds light on LGBT health disparities in the state

ST. LOUIS -   August 27, 2012   In Missouri, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals can experience a complex set of health challenges.  They are less likely than heterosexual Missourians to report good health, and are more likely than the general population to face conditions including heart disease, asthma, obesity, smoking-related illness, substance abuse and depression.  These disparities can be linked to health behaviors, social and economic environments, clinical care, insurance coverage, and access to preventive care.

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) has released a new report, Responding to LGBT Health Disparities, to heighten understanding of LGBT Missourians’ health concerns and identify ways to improve care.  The publication is part of an ongoing MFH series on health equity topics.

The report’s findings include the following:

- Sexual and gender minorities in Missouri are more than 1 ½  times more likely to be uninsured than the general population.

- LGBT Missourians from racial and ethnic minority groups experience higher rates of negative health outcomes.

- LGBT families are more likely to be poor and underemployed than non-LGBT families.

- More than two thirds of health care organizations do not require their physicians to attend cultural competency training that includes LGBT health issues.

The report also examines nondiscrimination policies in Missouri and other states, and offers policy recommendations supporting more comprehensive and culturally sensitive care for LGBT Missourians.

Responding to LGBT Health Disparities can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format at http://www.mffh.org/mm/files/LGBTHealthEquityReport.pdf.  A summary fact sheet is available at http://www.mffh.org/mm/files/LGBTHealthEquityFactSheet.pdf.     

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to empowering Missourians to achieve equal access to quality health services.  MFH provides grant funding and education, and fosters community partnerships to promote health improvement, especially for the uninsured and underserved.  Since its founding in 2000, MFH has provided more than $460 million in grants and awards to organizations in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.       
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Media Contact:  Julie Johnson 
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