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The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Era

In recent years, the U.S. government has paid increasing attention to the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world, utilizing both multilateral and bilateral channels. Still, however, many LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, which compromise their ability to access needed health services and can adversely affect health status. Moreover, in many countries, the barriers faced by LGBT individuals include discriminatory laws and policies. To explore opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. government in this arena, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened two roundtable discussions of high-level experts working on global LGBT health and rights as well as those working more broadly on global health. This issue brief summarizes the main points of discussion raised by roundtable participants, focusing on opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps for the U.S. government to consider in addressing the health needs of LGBT individuals around the world. It also provides an overview of global LGBT health issues, and reviews U.S. government efforts to address global LGBT health to date.

New Issue Brief Examines the U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores the U.S. government’s efforts to address the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world. LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, and in many countries…

Medicaid at 40

The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced three documentaries to mark the 40th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The documentaries examine the social needs that led policymakers to create these programs, the expectations of what they would achieve and the reality of these programs today. Key policymakers, staff officials and members…

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Global Health Policy: Opportunities and Barriers for More Effective Coordination

This brief presents key findings from a Kaiser Family Foundation review and analysis of the policy and financing landscape where U.S. humanitarian assistance and global health assistance meet. It also summarizes a July 2013 roundtable discussion convened by the Foundation focusing on opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps for more effective coordination between humanitarian assistance and global health programs.

The President’s Budget Request: What Does It Mean For U.S. Global Health Efforts?

On Tuesday, February 21, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a live webcast to assess President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal and potential implications for global health. The webcast featured a panel of global health policy experts who analyzed the Administration’s proposal and how it compares to current funding levels,…

The Global Fund Reorganization: What are the Implications?

On Wednesday, June 13, at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon), the Foundation held a live, interactive webcast to examine recent changes at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the implications for U.S. global health policy. A panel of experts discussed the Global Fund’s recent funding challenges and reorganization,…

U.S. Global AIDS Efforts to Help Orphans & Vulnerable Children

On June 26, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a briefing examining the role and policies of the U.S. government and faith-based organizations in helping children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic. The event featured John Donnelly, global health journalist with GlobalPost and author of the forthcoming book, A Twist…