VA to Hold Cyber Seminar on Health Needs of LGBTQ Veterans

The Pittsburgh area VA has something interesting planned for Wednesday – “Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs”.
The seminar is free and open to the public.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 at 12 noon.  To participate in real time, use this registration link: The registration form asks for your institutional affiliation, but you don’t have to complete that if you don’t want to, or you can just say “none” if you’re viewing it as an individual.
Presented by: Kristin M. Mattocks, PhD, MPH, Associate Chief of Staff/Research, VA Central Western Massachusetts; Assistant Professor, Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Given the size of the patient population of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), it is likely the largest single provider of health care for sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals in the United States, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.  However, current VHA demographic data-collection strategies limit the understanding of how many SGM veterans there are, thereby making a population-based understanding of the health needs of SGM veterans receiving care in VHA difficult.  In this presentation, we summarize the emergent research findings about SGM veterans and the first initiatives that have been implemented by VHA to promote quality care. The intended audience is VA researchers, providers, and policymakers.

The seminar will be available for viewing on the cyber seminar website shortly after it takes place if you want to see it but can’t participate in real time.

If you have questions or need more information, please email Heidi Schlueter at


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