LGBT Best and Promising Practices for Cancer
It is with great pride that LGBT HealthLink: The Network for Health Equity and the National LGBT Cancer Network present the LGBT Best and Promising Practices Throught the Cancer Continuum report that follows.
Cancer has indelibly left a disproportionate mark on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. We understand more than ever how the stress and stigma experienced by sexual and gender minority communities interacts with cancer, one of the most devastating of health challenges. We understand more about how discrimination can lead to behaviors that increase cancer risk, such as tobacco and alcohol use. We understand more about how discrimination drains our vitality, leaving us less energy to live as healthy lives as our non-LGBT brothers and sisters. We know more about the long history of discrimination in the health care arena, a primary cause of our avoidance of health care that could provide us with advance screenings and early detection. Finally, we know that LGBT people who are diagnosed with cancer struggle to receive culturally competent care, adding to the already unreasonable strain of cancer treatment and survivorship.
For these reasons and more, LGBT HealthLink, the National LGBT Cancer Society, and our LGBT BPP Cancer Committe undertook the important task to identify best practices in this arena with the hope that many will take this information and create better systems, policies, and practices out of these best and promising practices found in this report.
We are very excited to make the Best and Promising practices available for you to review, fliter through, and discover. Visit our Cancer Best Practices page.
To learn about the people involved, the methodology employed, and, of course, the more than 100 Best and Promising Practices, download the full Cancer Best and Promising Practices report.
For press inquiries and additional information, download the press release.
HOW TO USE THIS REPORT
This report is created for healthcare providers, administrators, and policy makers, enabling them to identify changes that would have the largest impact on the cancer risks and experiences of LGBT communities and offering clear guidance on implementing these BPPs throughout the cancer continuum. Equally, this report was created to be used by LGBT cancer survivors, those at risk, and their support networks as a tool to advocate for culturally competent care throughout the cancer continuum.
One of the main goals of LGBT HealthLink is to encourage adoption of these best practices by as many policy leaders as possible. LGBT HealthLink will be using this report as a guideline for technical assistance to LGBT community centers, governmental health departments, and allied cancer leaders. LGBT HealthLink will be creating a measure of state adoption of these best practices, and will post that assessment publicly, as has been done for the state LGBT tobacco report cards.
Contact LGBT HealthLink or call us at 954-765-6024 for technical assistance to support implementation of these best practices.
This report was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, 5NU58DP004996-03-00, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services, Mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or institutions mentioned.