Public Health has launched a new program called LGBTQ Health Initiatives in the Office of Health Services which focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ).

The LGBTQ community in general, has a higher prevalence of tobacco use, addictions, and mental health issues among other conditions as a result of historically being a marginalized population.

In support of our Diversity & Inclusion efforts we will focus on providing the best healthcare services possible, delivered in a culturally competent way that meets every individual’s needs.

Our efforts will initially involve several key activities as listed below:

  • Develop policies and strategies to support healthcare efforts for the LGBTQ community.
  • Develop and conduct cultural competency training for Public Health staff and community partners.
  • Lead a local LGBTQ community coalition addressing gaps in care.
  • Collaborate with Public Health programs to improve LGBTQ health equity.
  • Conduct public speaking appearances to address issues of health inequity within gender and sexually diverse communities.
  • Achieve certification for LGBTQ culturally competent care through the Healthcare Equality Index.

Target Populations: LGBTQ individuals

Focus Areas: Access to healthcare, HIV/AIDS, Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention

Core Competencies

  • Inform, educate and empower people to understand the impact of health disparities in the LGBTQ community
  • Examine root causes of poor health outcomes; build community partnerships; link LGBTQ populations with services and resources
  • Examine or develop policy and facilitate community engagement to eliminate health disparities in the LGBTQ community

LGBTQ Focus Groups

As part of its community-wide effort to assess community health needs, we will be conducting focus groups with the LGBTQ community. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your ideas about how to improve health care in our community.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jerry Mallicoat, LGBTQ Health Initiatives Manager, no later than two days prior to your session of choice, at 937-224-3727 or .

The following focus groups and locations are planned. A meal and $10 gift card will be provided.

Greater Dayton LGBT Center

Tuesday, June 26, 2 – 3:30 pm
(Transgender people and families only)

Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 7:30 pm
(Transgender people and families only)

Friday, July 6, 6 - 7:30 pm
(Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

Equitas Health (4th St. location)

Wednesday, July 11, noon – 1:30 pm
(Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

Thursday, July 12, noon – 1:30 pm

(Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

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