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Resources by Topic: LGBTQ+

Achieving Health Equity in US Suicides: A Narrative Review and Commentary
Discusses suicide mortality disparities by different demographics, such as age, race, veteran status, and rurality, among others. Tracks suicide rates from 1999-2019 and highlights rates by specific demographic group.
Author(s): Seth W. Perry, Jacob C. Rainey, Stephen Allison, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1360
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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HIV Prevention and Treatment Challenges in Rural America
A webinar recording that covers issues related to HIV healthcare in rural communities and presents HIV data in the United States. Discusses populations who should be offered pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), current options in HIV treatment, and rural health issues such as stigma, medical and mental health shortage areas, and LGBT discrimination. Provides healthcare options available in Kansas.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: AIDS Education and Training Centers National Coordinating Resource Center, University of Kansas Medical Center
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Self-Rated Health Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adults: Rural/Urban Differences
Policy brief examining differences in self-rated health by sexual orientation and rural or urban location. Includes statistics from the National Health Interview Survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the Health Information National Trends Survey.
Author(s): Hannah MacDougall, Carrie Henning-Smith, Courtney Sarkin, Gilbert Gonzales
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Anxiety, Depression, and Access to Mental Health Care by Sexual Orientation and Rurality
Presents a study on rates of anxiety and depression by sexual orientation in relation to access to mental healthcare. Compares rates of anxiety and depression between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual individuals in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Courtney Sarkin, Mariana Tuttle, Gilbert Gonzales
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Community Organizations Building Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ+ Residents
Highlights community-based organizations working to create more inclusive environments and programming for LGBTQ+ residents. Discusses the activities of organizations in Ohio, Virginia, and Washington supporting the improvement of LGBTQ+ health and quality of life.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Robert Libal, Madeleine Pick, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Improving Access to LGBTQIA+-Friendly Care in Rural Areas
Highlights the work of the Pride of Rural Virginia and Rural TransECHO programs to provide healthcare access to LGBTQIA+ populations in rural areas across the U.S. Includes organizational overviews as well as challenges and opportunities when providing culturally sensitive healthcare.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Maddy Pick, Robert Libal, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Recent Trends in Mental Health and Substance Use Concerns Among Adolescents
Report highlights the state of adolescent mental health and substance use across the country. Breaks down rates of suicides, drug use, drug-related deaths, and other behavioral health issues by race, sex, and sexual orientation, as well as by rurality.
Author(s): Nirmita Panchal, Robin Rudowitz, Cynthia Cox
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Prevalence of Chronic Conditions by Sexual Orientation and Rural-Urban Location
Presents a study on the correlation between chronic health issues by sexual orientation and rurality. Breaks down rates of chronic diseases such as arthritis, high cholesterol, diabetes, and others by sexual orientation and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Gilbert Gonzales, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Small-Town Pride Celebrations Supporting Social Connectedness & Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Rural Residents
Highlights celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) members of 2 rural communities in Minnesota and Nebraska. Offers case studies and describes the impacts of the events on social connectedness.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Madeleine Pick, Robert Libal, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Social and Emotional Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Sexual Orientation and Rurality
Policy brief examining social and emotional support by rurality and sexual orientation during the COVID-19 pandemic based on 2020 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data. Compares prevalence of social support and change in social support for rural and urban lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) and heterosexual respondents.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Gilbert Gonzales, Mariana Tuttle, Courtney Sarkin
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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