National LGBT Health Awareness Week: March 25-29


Contributed by Luca Maurer

National LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 25-29; the theme of this year's observance is "Come Out for Health."

The 2013 campaign will advance four core LGBT health principles:

A project of the National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, the major objective of the awareness week is to encourage members of LGBT communities to be aware of their own health and take concrete steps -- such as getting regular physical exams -- to become and stay healthy.

The observance also seeks to raise public awareness of the unique health concerns, as well as health disparities, among LGBT communities. It also serves to educate medical and health care professionals in the area of cultural competency with regard to LGBT health.

In our local area, Out for Health is the premier source of information on the theme of LGBT people and health, and provides outreach, education and information to LGBT people, their health care providers and the community at large about the importance of inclusive, welcoming and respectful care for LGBT people.