The LGBT Health Initiative was launched in the fall of 2012 in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry (Director and Chair: Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.), in close collaboration with the Columbia University School of Nursing (Dean: Bobbie Berkowitz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.)
The vision of the LGBT Health Initiative is to focus on health and wellness in a world that respects diversity in gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and in which LGBT people and their families have equal access to quality health care.
To realize this vision, we are building a comprehensive understanding of the development of gender identity and sexual orientation in interaction with the social environment. This encompasses: characteristics and health status of the LGBT population; risk, protective factors, and resilience; effective interventions and treatments; and evidence for transgender-specific health care needs. We also pursue the scientific evidence needed to inform public policies designed to end the stigma, discrimination, and violence encountered by LGBT people and their families.
The LGBT Health Initiative promotes the health and wellness of LGBT persons through:
Through the Initiative, our researchers, clinicians, and educators identify practice implications of research on LGBT health and mental health. We bring evidence-based teaching to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students; conduct continuing medical and community- based education; and mentor research fellows and future teachers. We also contribute to innovative policy development as applied to LGBT health.