Lesbian Health Initiative
San Diego Human Dignity Foundation is spearheading a new initiative that will provide funding for the development of programs to bring assistance, education, and service to the target population.
The Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI) will strive to improve healthcare access and outcomes within the greater San Diego community, focusing on the following:
- Assessment of the needs and shortcomings of healthcare for lesbians within our San Diego community.
- Finding ways of addressing those needs successfully through existing or innovative new programs.
- Implementing programs identified and assessing their value over time using appropriate scientific methods.
Did you know?
- FACT: Only 38.3% of lesbians report receiving a Pap smear in the past 12 months, compared to 66% of heterosexual women who received the same service (USDHHS, http://mchb.hrsa.gov). Despite what some people believe, lesbians and bisexual women are at risk of cervical cancer, which can be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular Pap tests (American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org).
- FACT: More lesbians smoke (25%) than heterosexual women (15%). Cigarette smoking is responsible for 87% of all lung cancer deaths. Smoking also causes many other tobacco-related diseases, such as heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, stroke, and emphysema. Smoking is related to breast and cervical cancer (American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org).
- FACT: 27% of lesbians do not have health insurance compared to 20% of heterosexual women (Solarz, Lesbian Health: Current Assessment and Directions for the Future).
- FACT: On average, medical students receive less than 5 hours of training on LGBT issues in their entire medical education (American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org).
If you are concerned about this issue as we are, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 291-3383.
Past LHI Events
Uprising – 2016
The San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC) is a lesbian-identified, feminist sisterhood of musicians that welcomes members and volunteers from the vastly diverse LGBTQ and straight-ally communities. Founded in 1987 by community activist Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace, SDWC has grown from a group of 14 lesbians gathered around a piano in a private home to a thriving community with over 125 members who believe in the power of music and the power of women. For nearly 30 years, SDWC has provided a safe space that encourages women’s creativity, celebrates diversity, and inspires social action. More Info www.sdwc.org.
Broadway, Our Way – 2015
Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace – 2014