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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…

CANCELLED: March 17 Event: U.S. Global Health Diplomacy and the Role of Ambassadors

The Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a panel discussion of U.S. Ambassadors to look at how diplomacy intersects with global health, how the U.S. government’s new focus on global health diplomacy is reshaping the work of U.S. Ambassadors with partner countries, and how the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy relates to and coordinates with other parts of the U.S. government’s global health architecture and foreign policy.

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.

Global Health Diplomacy: Advancing Foreign Policy and Global Health Interests

This article examines the growing attention to global health diplomacy and its future outlook as donor nations continue to face tight budgetary conditions. Authored by Joshua Michaud and Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, the article was published in the inaugural issue of the Global Health: Science and Practice journal in…

What’s Next for U.S. Global Health Diplomacy? A Town Hall Forum with Ambassador Eric Goosby

At 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 28, the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a town hall-style forum with Ambassador Eric Goosby, the newly named head of the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy as well as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, to explore the goals and objectives of the new office. The office is intended to guide diplomatic efforts to advance the United States’ global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability. The hour-long session will be moderated by Jen Kates, a Foundation Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy.

The U.S. Department of Defense & Global Health

This report provides the first comprehensive look at the role of the Department of Defense (DoD) in global health, examining its organizational structure, activities, strategy, policy, and budget for activities related to global health.

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