The Worth (and Work) of Networking

The concept of networking can seem obscure or even daunting at first. Jessica Marsack is a PhD student with the School of Nursing and Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities at the University of Michigan. She explains (with tips) that once you get started, the time you put in to networking leads to valuable rewards.

As a new (and current) graduate student I was often told to go to conferences, not only to learn about the newest research, but also to “network”. While this is a commonly used phrase, I find it is less commonly explained. There are certainly prescribed avenues for networking at conferences, such as meet and greet sessions or “speed dating” activities. However, I don’t believe networking has to be a formal encounter. While attending the 2016 conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), I informally asked if Dr. Peggy Chinn, one of the nursing summit leaders, would like to have dinner and chat about the conference. She agreed, and this actually turned into a dinner with the entire GLMA nursing section leadership board. At this dinner I learned about the opportunity to become a student representative on the GLMA nursing section leadership team, and eagerly accepted an invitation to join. As a student representative I have been involved in the behind the scenes work of a national organization, and learned new skills such as website design and conference planning considerations- none of which would have been possible without that initial networking opportunity.

“I don’t believe networking has to be a formal encounter. While attending the 2016 conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), I informally asked if Dr. Peggy Chinn, one of the nursing summit leaders, would like to have dinner and chat about the conference. She agreed, and this actually turned into a dinner with the entire GLMA nursing section leadership board”

Networking may seem intimidating to some- especially graduate students, who often suffer from “imposter syndrome”. Being surrounded by big names within the scientific community can be intimidating, and it may feel like you aren’t important enough for their time or attention. However, my experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Scientific conferences are designed for people to discuss and share their work, so even the “big names” in your field are expecting people to engage them in discussion. Everyone I’ve networked with at conferences has been friendly and open to conversation, and suggested avenues for research or posed questions I had not considered. In this way, networking can provide opportunities for bettering yourself and your research. Your networking can also turn into new skills and opportunities that might not arise any other way.

“My experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Scientific conferences are designed for people to discuss and share their work, so even the “big names” in your field are expecting people to engage them in discussion.”

If you’re feeling nervous, it can help to pick something concrete to start a conversation about. Ask a specific question about a poster presentation or talk your person of interest presented. If that question relates to your research, you can segue into talking about your work if that is your goal. If they aren’t presenting anything, simply asking people about their newest project or future research interests generally catches the focus of fellow scientific minds. These informal networking techniques can lead to new possibilities you may not achieve through other means. As intimidating as it may seem, both you and your research will benefit in the end- and you are worth it.

GLMA Mixer in San Francisco, March 10

BAPHR & GLMA Joint Mixer
San Francisco, CA
Friday, March 10, 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm PST

We invite you to join us for a joint reception with Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality! Meet your colleagues and learn more about our work to improve the health and well-being of LGBT people!

Lookout Bar SF
3600 16th Street
(at Market Street)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Light appetizers will be provided.
BAPHR and GLMA members will also receive a drink ticket.

To RSVP, please email info@glma.org and be sure to include your name, credentials, email, and the names of any guests who will be attending.

See you on March 10, 2017 at Lookout Bar SF!

Lesbian Health Fund Call for Abstracts


Lesbian Health Fund
Call for Abstract Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2017

The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, has its next grant cycle planned for Spring 2017. In honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting, this cycle will give preference to funding research focused on societal and domestic violence affecting sexual minority women or girls.

LHF is currently accepting proposals for research through May 1, 2017.

About LHF

Founded in 1992, the LHF has awarded more than $860,000 to fund 110 research grants on lesbian health, and is the only US research fund dedicated solely to the unique health needs of lesbians, other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families.

Today, LHF remains committed to improving the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women over the lifespan, from early childhood, through adolescence, and adulthood, including aging. There is still great need to understand how social determinants, especially race and ethnicity, influence the health and wellbeing of lesbians, other SMW and their families.

Priority Research Areas:

  • Understanding social, family and interpersonal influences as sources of stress or support
  • Eliminating inequalities in health care, including barriers to care, and improving quality of care and utilization rates
  • Development and testing of interventions to address mental and physical health needs of lesbians and other SMW, including but not limited to depression, identity related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, cancer risks, cardiovascular disease and sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual and reproductive health, including family & parenting issues

Many applications are for small projects ($10,000 – $20,000) structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is expected, and priority is given to the best proposals with the greatest likelihood of securing future funding from other sources.

Proposals for the Spring 2017 grant cycle are due on May 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Click here for information on how to apply.  Click here for a list of previously funded grants.

Please forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.  GLMA Board Members and LHF Advisory Committee Members or paid consultants are ineligible to submit grants.  Please contact us at lhf@glma.org, or 202-600-8037, ext. 304 with any questions.

Get Ready – 2017 Nursing Summit in Philadelphia – September 13th!

Your GLMA Nursing Section Leadership Team is planning another dynamite Nursing Summit, and we are eager to make sure that the day meets your expectations!  So we need to hear from YOU! Fill out our “Interest Form” to let us know your ideas, requests, suggestions!  The form is short and simple, but will give us very important information that we will take to heart (after all it is Valentine time!)

Here is the link to the form – it is a simple form but will provide an instant path to letting us know what your dream Summit would look like!  Our annual Summit has already become a lifeline for many LGBTQ nurses, and our allies who also thrive on the support and networking that this event provides!
So let us know your ideas – and we will keep you posted here!  Follow this blog to stay tuned!

Submit your proposal for 2016 GLMA Nursing Summit!

Our 2016 GLMA Nursing Summit will include a number of breakout sessions to address the many interests, issues and concerns related to LGBTQ nurses, nursing care, education, research, policy — you name it, we hope to cover it all!  YOU can be a vital part of this by presenting a session on a topic that you want to share with others!  Use this handy form to let us know how you would like to be involved!  Fill out the form by March 20, and we will let you know if your proposal is accepted by April 15th!

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PubMed Research Articles 1/29/16


I get bi-weekly updates on LGBT research from the national VA office.  I will begin sharing these with you for reference.  And who knows, your study may be on it also! 🙂

Items 1 – 53 of 53    (Display the 53 citations in PubMed)


1. Core principles of sexual health treatments in cancer for men.
Matthew A.
Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2016 Mar;10(1):38-43. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000183.
PMID: 26814146 [PubMed – in process]
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2. Sexuality and aging: a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) needs in palliative and end of life care.
Griebling TL.
Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2016 Mar;10(1):95-101. doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000196.
PMID: 26780525 [PubMed – in process]
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3. Effect of the maturation of neutralizing antibodies on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) envelope evolution in HIV-infected subjects.
Zhao J, Nie J, Jiao Y, Li L, Zhang T, Liu Q, Huang W, Wu H, Wang Y.
Infect Genet Evol. 2016 Mar;38:82-9. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2015.12.012. Epub 2015 Dec 17.
PMID: 26706846 [PubMed – in process]
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4. Factors Modifying Burnout in Osteopathic Medical Students.
Lapinski J, Yost M, Sexton P, LaBaere RJ 2nd.
Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;40(1):55-62. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0375-0. Epub 2015 Jun 25.
PMID: 26108394 [PubMed – in process]
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5. Oestrogens are Not Related to Emotional Processing: a Study of Regional Brain Activity in Female-to-Male Transsexuals Under Gonadal Suppression.
Soleman RS, Staphorsius AS, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Lambalk CB, Veltman DJ, van Trotsenburg MA, Hompes PG, Drent ML, de Ronde WP, Kreukels BP.
Cereb Cortex. 2016 Feb;26(2):510-6. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu201. Epub 2014 Sep 22.
PMID: 25246514 [PubMed – in process]
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6. Non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in heterosexual and sexual minority young adults.
Tsypes A, Lane R, Paul E, Whitlock J.
Compr Psychiatry. 2016 Feb;65:32-43. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2015.09.012. Epub 2015 Sep 30.
PMID: 26773988 [PubMed – in process]
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7. Structural equation modeling of the effects of racism, LGBTQ discrimination, and internalized oppression on illicit drug use in LGBTQ people of color.
Drazdowski TK, Perrin PB, Trujillo M, Sutter M, Benotsch EG, Snipes DJ.
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Feb 1;159:255-62. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.029. Epub 2016 Jan 4.
PMID: 26775286 [PubMed – in process]
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8. Mortality in Postmenopausal Women by Sexual Orientation and Veteran Status.
Lehavot K, Rillamas-Sun E, Weitlauf J, Kimerling R, Wallace RB, Sadler AG, Woods NF, Shipherd JC, Mattocks K, Cirillo DJ, Stefanick ML, Simpson TL.
Gerontologist. 2016 Feb;56 Suppl 1:S150-62. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv125.
PMID: 26768389 [PubMed – in process]
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9. “Stressful Life Events, Sexual Orientation, and Cardiometabolic Risk Among Young Adults in the United States”: Correction to Hatzenbuehler, Slopen, and McLaughlin (2014).
[No authors listed]
Health Psychol. 2016 Feb;35(2):166. doi: 10.1037/hea0000345.
PMID: 26796514 [PubMed – in process]
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10. Intimate Partner Violence and Sex Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men.
Stults CB, Javdani S, Greenbaum CA, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN.
J Adolesc Health. 2016 Feb;58(2):215-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.008.
PMID: 26802993 [PubMed – in process]
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11. A potential role for the dermatologist in the physical transformation of transgender people: A survey of attitudes and practices within the transgender community.
Ginsberg BA, Calderon M, Seminara NM, Day D.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Feb;74(2):303-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.10.013. Epub 2015 Dec 5.
PMID: 26669479 [PubMed – in process]
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12. Affective differences in Iowa Gambling Task performance associated with sexual risk taking and substance use among HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men.
Golub SA, Thompson LI, Kowalczyk WJ.
J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2016 Feb-Mar;38(2):141-57. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2015.1085495.
PMID: 26745769 [PubMed – in process]
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13. Modelling HIV superinfection among men who have sex with men.
Sun X, Xiao Y, Peng Z.
Math Biosci Eng. 2016 Feb 1;13(1):171-91. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2016.13.171.
PMID: 26776258 [PubMed – in process]
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14. Full Facial Feminization Surgery: Patient Satisfaction Assessment Based on 180 Procedures Involving 33 Consecutive Patients.
Raffaini M, Magri AS, Agostini T.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Feb;137(2):438-48. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000475754.71333.f6.
PMID: 26818277 [PubMed – in process]
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15. Making every contact count: improving the assessment of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men using a structured proforma.
Lee MJ, Oza B, Pakianathan M, Hegazi A.
Sex Transm Infect. 2016 Feb;92(1):48. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052290. No abstract available.
PMID: 26792637 [PubMed – in process]
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16. Twinsters the Movie: Reared Apart Twins in Real Time/Research Reviews: Heteropagus Twin; Schizophrenia Liability; Twin Study of Epigenetics and Homosexuality; Transgender-Discordant Twins/In the News: The Passing of Jack Yufe; An Unusual Twin Father; Identical Twin Models I; Identical Twin Models II; Twin Marines of World War II.
Segal NL.
Twin Res Hum Genet. 2016 Feb;19(1):80-5. doi: 10.1017/thg.2015.98.
PMID: 26810868 [PubMed – in process]
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17. Dramatic increase in preexposure prophylaxis use among MSM in Washington state.
Hood JE, Buskin SE, Dombrowski JC, Kern DA, Barash EA, Katzi DA, Golden MR.
AIDS. 2016 Jan 28;30(3):515-9. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000937.
PMID: 26562845 [PubMed – in process]
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18. Improving outpatient implementation of preexposure prophylaxis in men who have sex with men.
Scholl E.
J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Jan 27. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12344. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26814031 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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19. The Psychoanalytic Mode of Thought and its Application To the Non-Normative Analysis of Sexuality and Gender.
Kloppenberg B.
J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 2016 Jan 27. pii: 0003065115625304. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26819349 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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20. Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Behavior in College Students’ Other-Sex and Same-Sex Hookups.
Kuperberg A, Padgett JE.
J Sex Res. 2016 Jan 26:1-18. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26813742 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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21. Sexual Orientation, Objective Height, and Self-Reported Height.
Skorska MN, Bogaert AF.
J Sex Res. 2016 Jan 26:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26813611 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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22. Associations between Perceived Weight Status, Body Dissatisfaction, and Self-Objectification on Sexual Sensation Seeking and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Using Grindr.
Goedel WC, Krebs P, Greene RE, Duncan DT.
Behav Med. 2016 Jan 25:0. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26808206 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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23. Genital Epstein Barr Virus is associated with higher prevalence and persistence of anal human papillomavirus in HIV-infected men on antiretroviral therapy.
Gianella S, Ginocchio CC, Daar ES, Dube MP, Morris SR.
BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Jan 25;16(1):24. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1356-y.
PMID: 26809559 [PubMed – in process] Free Article
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24. African American Transgender Women’s Individual, Family, and Organizational Relationships: Implications for Nurses.
Cornelius JB, Whitaker-Brown CD.
Clin Nurs Res. 2016 Jan 25. pii: 1054773815627152. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26810439 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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25. Effect of Cytomegalovirus and HIV Transcription on CD57 and PD-1 T cell expression during Suppressive ART.
Dan JM, Massanella M, Smith DM, Spina CA, Schrier R, Daar ES, Dube MP, Morris SR, Gianella S.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2016 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26818740 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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26. Development of the Gay and Lesbian Relationship Satisfaction Scale.
Belous CK, Wampler RS.
J Marital Fam Ther. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12158. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26805029 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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27. Increasing Belief in the Effectiveness of HIV Treatment as Prevention: Results of Repeated, National Surveys of Australian Gay and Bisexual Men, 2013-15.
Holt M, Lea T, Schmidt HM, Murphy D, Rosengarten M, Crawford D, Ellard J, Kolstee J, de Wit J.
AIDS Behav. 2016 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26803613 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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28. Evidence and knowledge gaps on the disease burden in sexual and gender minorities: a review of systematic reviews.
Blondeel K, Say L, Chou D, Toskin I, Khosla R, Scolaro E, Temmerman M.
Int J Equity Health. 2016 Jan 22;15(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0304-1.
PMID: 26800682 [PubMed – in process] Free PMC Article
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29. Association of Alcohol Misuse With Sexual Identity and Sexual Behavior in Women Veterans.
Lehavot K, Williams EC, Millard SP, Bradley KA, Simpson TL.
Subst Use Misuse. 2016 Jan 22:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26800263 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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30. Disparities by Sexual Orientation in Frequent Engagement in Cancer-Related Risk Behaviors: A 12-Year Follow-Up.
Rosario M, Li F, Wypij D, Roberts AL, Corliss HL, Charlton BM, Frazier AL, Austin SB.
Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e9. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26794176 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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31. The Effects of Cumulative Victimization on Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults.
Mustanski B, Andrews R, Puckett JA.
Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26794175 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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32. Mental Health of Transgender Veterans in US States With and Without Discrimination and Hate Crime Legal Protection.
Blosnich JR, Marsiglio MC, Gao S, Gordon AJ, Shipherd JC, Kauth M, Brown GR, Fine MJ.
Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26794162 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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33. Social Determinants of HIV-Related Stigma in Faith-Based Organizations.
Coleman JD, Tate AD, Gaddist B, White J.
Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e5. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26794158 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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34. Young People and HIV: A Call to Action.
Koenig LJ, Hoyer D, Purcell DW, Zaza S, Mermin J.
Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e4. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26794156 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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35. Mental Illness Discrimination in Mental Health Treatment Programs: Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Sexual Orientation.
Holley LC, Tavassoli KY, Stromwall LK.
Community Ment Health J. 2016 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26797761 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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36. Sexual Minority Health and Health Risk Factors: Intersection Effects of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity.
Hsieh N, Ruther M.
Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jan 20. pii: S0749-3797(15)00786-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.11.016. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26803358 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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37. A global research synthesis of HIV and STI biobehavioural risks in female-to-male transgender adults.
Reisner SL, Murchison GR.
Glob Public Health. 2016 Jan 20:1-22. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26785800 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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38. The conflation of gender and sex: Gaps and opportunities in HIV data among transgender women and MSM.
Poteat T, German D, Flynn C.
Glob Public Health. 2016 Jan 20:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26785751 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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39. Young men who have sex with men’s use of social and sexual media and sex-risk associations: cross-sectional, online survey across four countries.
Lorimer K, Flowers P, Davis M, Frankis J.
Sex Transm Infect. 2016 Jan 20. pii: sextrans-2015-052209. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052209. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26792089 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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40. Giving Context to the Physician Competency Reference Set: Adapting to the Needs of Diverse Populations.
Eckstrand KL, Potter J, Bayer CR, Englander R.
Acad Med. 2016 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26796092 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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41. From MSM to heteroflexibilities: Non-exclusive straight male identities and their implications for HIV prevention and health promotion.
Carrillo H, Hoffman A.
Glob Public Health. 2016 Jan 19:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26783732 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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42. Ethnic differences in the links between benefit finding and psychological adjustment in people living with HIV.
Fekete EM, Chatterton M, Skinta MD, Williams SL.
J Behav Med. 2016 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26782813 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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43. Modified Preparation of the Neurovascular Bundle in Male to Female Transgender Patients.
Hess J, Hess-Busch Y, Kronier J, Rübben H, Rossi Neto R.
Urol Int. 2016 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26780212 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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44. The Road Less Travelled: Exploring Gay and Bisexual Men’s Explanations of ‘Uncommon’ Routes of HIV Transmission.
Callander D, Prestage G, Ellard J, Triffitt K, Brown G, Down I.
AIDS Behav. 2016 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 26781867 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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45. Gender Dysphoria in Adults.
Zucker KJ, Lawrence AA, Kreukels BP.
Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2016 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print]
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46. Men Who have Sex with Men Who Believe that Their State has a HIV Criminal Law Report Higher Condomless Anal Sex than Those Who are Unsure of the Law in Their State.
Horvath KJ, Meyer C, Rosser BR.
AIDS Behav. 2016 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print]
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47. Enhanced syphilis screening among HIV-positive men (ESSAHM): a study protocol for a clinic-randomized trial with stepped wedge design.
Burchell AN, Allen VG, Grewal R, MacPherson PA, Rachlis A, Walmsley S, Mishra S, Gardner SL, Raboud J, Cooper C, Gough K, Rourke SB, Rousseau R, Salit I, Tan DH.
Implement Sci. 2016 Jan 16;11(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0371-0.
PMID: 26772390 [PubMed – in process] Free PMC Article
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48. Gender Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence: An evolving inter-disciplinary field.
Bouman WP, de Vries AL, T’Sjoen G.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jan 15:1-4. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.
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49. How Different are Men Who Do Not Know Their HIV Status from Those Who Do? Results from an U.S. Online Study of Gay and Bisexual Men.
Grov C, Rendina HJ, Parsons JT.
AIDS Behav. 2016 Jan 14. [Epub ahead of print]
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50. Access to health services by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons: systematic literature review.
Alencar Albuquerque G, de Lima Garcia C, da Silva Quirino G, Alves MJ, Belém JM, Dos Santos Figueiredo FW, da Silva Paiva L, do Nascimento VB, da Silva Maciel É, Valenti VE, de Abreu LC, Adami F.
BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2016 Jan 14;16(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12914-015-0072-9.
PMID: 26769484 [PubMed – in process] Free PMC Article
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51. Doctors are prejudiced against transgender patients, MPs say.
Wise J.
BMJ. 2016 Jan 14;352:i252. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i252. No abstract available.
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52. Sexually transmitted infections and pre-exposure prophylaxis: challenges and opportunities among men who have sex with men in the US.
Scott HM, Klausner JD.
AIDS Res Ther. 2016 Jan 19;13:5. doi: 10.1186/s12981-016-0089-8. eCollection 2016. Review.
PMID: 26793265 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
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53. Depression, Sex and Gender Roles in Older Adult Populations: The International Mobility in Aging Study (IMIAS).
Vafaei A, Ahmed T, Freire Ado N, Zunzunegui MV, Guerra RO.
PLoS One. 2016 Jan 15;11(1):e0146867. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146867. eCollection 2016.
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Hello to All!  I want to first thank Peggy for allowing me this opportunity to serve the GLMA Nursing Section in this very small capacity of writing on the Blog.  I certainly hope to become more involved as time evolves.

As stated in my bio, my interests center around the psychosocial concerns of LGBT veterans, I’m also interested in gay men’s health issues and other concerns of sexual minorities.  As I told Peggy, I’m totally dismayed by the lack of nursing research on LGBT healthcare, it’s certainly my intent to change this to a small degree.

I just completed a literature search on Military Sexual Trauma, in general but specific to male rape victims.  I’m also curious as to whether there are LGBT considerations to be discovered.  I plan to do some reading and writing on this over the weekend and post it on this blog.  Have a great weekend and feel free to contact me.

New Ruling — Collection of LGBT Data in EHR Systems!

If you have not heard yet, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a ruling that is a huge advancement in the provision of health care to LGBT people. In the new final rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC), all electronic health systems (EHR) certified under Stage 3 of Meaningful Use are required to allow users to record, change, and access data on sexual orientation and gender identity!

If you are not familiar with Meaningful Use, here is a website that gives a quick overview of the objectives and different stages. In essence, Meaningful Use is using EHR technology to improve quality and safety, engage patients, and improve care coordination. Providers and hospitals need to meet certain criteria to attain Meaningful Use, qualifying them for payment incentives.

Although this latest ruling does NOT require providers and hospitals to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data, it does require EHR vendors to build these questions in their systems. Moreover, the ruling adopts replacing outdated and offensive terminology and replacing them with best practice questions.

It is a victory in the advancement of understanding LGBT health disparities!

The Fenway Institute published a press release on this announcement and is worth the read!

Landmark longterm study underway on LGBT health

This is important for us all to know about! Check it out, consider participating, and encourage your LGBTQ friends to do the same!

Lavender Health - LGBTQ Resource Center

A large study began this past June to gather data from thousands of LGBT individuals in the U.S. using an Apple app.  The study originates from the University of California-San Francisco, the Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality, or PRIDE, Study is a two-part longitudinal study that could impact the way researchers and educators understand, treat and teach about LGBT health.

If you are interested in participating, please do!  I just signed up and started the process!  the study will last 6 to 9 months, and they estimate that the time commitment is about 15 minutes per week!  You participate using the mobile app!  The consent process is clear and easy to understand, and there is no shortage of detailed information about the study and the people who are conducting the research.  One thing I like is that you can follow basic information about the study as you…

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