Pride Month Spotlight: Insights on LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care from DBH Students, Faculty, and Subject Matter Experts

June 17, 2024

June is Pride month – a time to honor the LGBTQ+ community, to lift their voices, celebrate their cultures, and recognize the progress and remaining work in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Join us as we bring awareness to the challenges LGBTQ+ individuals face, including those that impact their mental and physical wellbeing.

Below are recommended articles, resources, and podcast episodes from the CGI archive for Pride Month.

Health, Mental Health, and Barriers to Care for the LGBTQ Population

Cory Cannady’s paper written for the course DBH 9022 – Health Equity, explores the multiple factors affecting the health and mental health of lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) populations. Despite representing 2-3% of the total population in America (Romanelli & Hudson, 2017), LGBTQ individuals remain underserved or inadequately served by the healthcare industry. The causes for these health disparities are numerous and evolving as research delves deeper into specific health concerns and causality.

Read more: Health, Mental Health, and Barriers to Care for the LGBTQ Population

Addressing Challenges in the LGBTGEQIAP+ Community

In this episode of Disruptors at Work: An Integrated Care Podcast, a panel of experts and DBH students, Jeremy Henderson-Teelucksingh, Brandy K. Biglow, Cory Cannady, discuss the positive impact of LGBTQ+ friendly providers on the healthcare of the LGBTGEQIAP+ community. They also explore how listeners can support this community’s healthcare needs and address inequities and discriminatory practices.

Learn more: Addressing Challenges in the LGBTGEQIAP+ Community

Pronouns at CGI

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) aims to make our virtual campus and practices inclusive, welcoming, and affirming for all. Using pronouns in email signatures and in account handles in virtual meetings are ways that postsecondary institutions and healthcare organizations show respect for and solidarity with transgender and non-binary colleagues. By declaring our pronouns in this way, we hope that non-binary and transgender communities feel safe interacting with us and that they belong in our community.

Read more: Pronouns at CGI

Health Impacts of Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

In this episode, our host, Dr. English, talks with CGI co-founder, Dr. Janet Cummings, about the health impacts, including mental and behavioral health impacts, of recent legislation such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida.

Health Equity for Transgender Individuals

In this episode, our host, Dr. English, talks with Michal Garrett, Principal at Mercer, and NAME, a DBH candidate at CGI, about the role of professional case managers and other integrated care providers in connecting transgender patients to services that better meet their physical and behavioral health needs.

LGBTQ+ Health Disparities with Michael Garrett

In this episode, our host, Dr. English, talks with Michal Garrett, Principal at Mercer, on the progress and ongoing challenges in pursuing health equity for the LGBTQ+ population. Topics featured in this episode include how to provide culturally and clinically competent care for LGBTQ+ individuals, addressing environmental and social factors that can affect their mental and physical well-being, and evidence-based solutions and innovations to work towards equity.

Join us this Pride Month in supporting health equity and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community.