According to the CDC, factors such as discrimination, limited access to care, and lack of adequate health education can result in LGBTQIA+ communities generally having poorer health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. These negative outcomes, known as health disparities, can lead to higher rates of dangerous conditions and harmful habits in LGBTQIA+ folks. Adagio Health is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities for LGBTQIA+ communities by addressing and providing care in three key areas.
LGBTQIA+ people are at greater risk for:
- Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
- Suicide and suicidal thoughts
- Substance use disorder
- Disordered eating
- Nicotine/tobacco use
LGBTQIA+ people are at greater risk for some conditions, diseases, and infections, such as HIV, AIDS, and certain cancers (cervical cancer, breast cancer, anal cancer). In addition, older LGBTQIA+ adults are more likely to rate their health as poor and report more chronic conditions while having less social support.
LGBTQIA+ people are also less likely to have a regular health care provider.
LGBTQIA+ people have less access to crucial health care services. They are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay getting care when needed. Many LGBTQIA+ folks report having experienced a lack of cultural competence by health care providers, and even poor quality of care and unfair treatment by healthcare providers.
, Human Rights Campaign
, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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The above link is a directory of various organizations and resources through all of Pennsylvania from The Pennsylvania Youth Congress (payouthcongress.org
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
- (800) 777-4723
- Matthew Shepard Foundation
- Supports diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves.
- The organization is based in Denver, CO. Call (303) 830-7400.
- E-Psychiatry Counseling
- 24/7 Virtual telehealth services that covers all 50 states in the U.S.
- Services include: Behavioral Health Care, Mental Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment, Addiction & Recovery Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Individual, Family & Group Counseling, Medications for Mental Health, Mental Health Evaluations, Understanding Mental Health, Disease Management, Virtual Support
- No cost registration
- LGBT National Youth Talkline
- Services youth under the age of 26 years old
- Services include:
- Telephone/online one on one private chat
- Peer Email Support
- Info & Local Resources
- Discuss coming out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety & safe sex
- The Youth List-Online Email Support (Emails)
- Provides services to youth between the ages of 13-25 years old
- Services are broken down into 3 email groups based off age that hold discussion and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.
- Group age ranges: 13-17 years old, 17-21 years old & 21-25 years old
- The Trevor Project
- Provides counseling services by trained professionals to young persons in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk
- Services are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline
- Services are trans-led and help connect trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
- Services are available 24/7 at (877) 565-8860
- Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
- Services Lesbian Women
- Provides a 1-year scholarship between $1,500-$3,000 to qualifying individuals that are graduating high school or are already enrolled in college that is aid directly to their school’s tuition
- Submissions are judged on academic achievement, outstanding community service & leadership and commitment to impact LGBTQ issues
- Apply online at www.stonewallfoundation.org/grants
Drug and Alcohol Resources