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Center for LGBTQI Health

LGBTQI Health Program

gender-health.jpgThe mission of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gay individuals health program is to promote the health and wellness of LGBTQ individuals through research, education, clinical practice and community outreach and to address health inequities within this population.

Current initiatives within this program include the following:

LGBTQI specialty clinic

Directed by Dr. Scott Rodgers, this specialty clinic provides an affirming environment for members of the LGBTQI community to seek culturally competent psychiatric care. This clinic also serves as a training clinic for residents and medical students, providing evidence-based teaching to promote cultural competence in LGBTQI health. For more information about our clinical services or to schedule an appointment, call (601) 984-6925.

Research

Research in this program focuses on improving understanding of the physical and mental health needs of LGBTQ individuals, including risk and protective factors within this population (in general and within the state of Mississippi in particular). We are also seeking to develop innovative, empirically supported, behavioral interventions to decrease HIV risk behaviors and improve treatment adherence among those living with HIV/AIDS.

Collaborations

Through a collaboration with the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Division of Infection Diseases in the Department of Medicine at UMMC, we are working to improve access to behavioral and mental health services among black men who have sex with men (MSM) by aiding in the development and implementation of behavioral health screening and referral protocols for black MSM.