Reducing Health Inequities Among Sexual Minority Populations

Reducing Health Inequities Among Sexual Minority Populations

Summary: We use a broad range of approaches (including epidemiology, qualitative research, and mixed methods) to understand how and why sexual minority populations (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and other non-heterosexual people) experience multiple, co-occurring and avoidable health disparities. Much of this research focuses on mental (e.g., suicide, anxiety) and sexual health outcomes that relate to a social stigma and stress process, also known as “minority stress.”

One consequence of stigma and stress processes is that socially stigmatized individuals may avoid, delay, or conceal information during healthcare encounters and thereby miss opportunities for early/preventive mental healthcare. We therefore work with public health and community partners to describe how public health settings (e.g., sexual health clinics) can address unmet healthcare needs of sexual minority clients. This research additionally explores the co-occurrence and interaction of sexual and mental health among sexual health service clients.

Research Objectives:

  • To quantify and explain health inequities that disproportionately affect sexual minority populations
  • To explore how, why, and among whom sexual and mental health concerns interact
  • To identify public health and community-based sites to intervene early and prevent mental health and substance use concerns among sexual minority people

Principal Investigators: Travis Salway

Key Team Members: We’re just getting started. Contact Travis if you are interested in joining!


Funding: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research