The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service

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Public health services for sexual minorities have suffered from practitioners' lack of knowledge about sexual or gender orientation, specific health concerns, and inherent system homophobia and heterosexism. The Handbook of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Public Health: A Practitioner's Guide to Service provides a unique focus on LGBT public health, offering positive direction for practitioners looking for guidance in methods to ensure a healthy community for all while taking into consideration the special needs of sexual minorities. Each chapter is exhaustively referenced, includes useful lists of selected resources, is clearly illustrated with tables and diagrams, and asks questions to spark thought on the issues as they pertain to the reader's circumstances.
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Editorial Reviews

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How do you provide appropriate care for a population about whom you may not know much? This book, edited by HIV prevention research specialist Shankle, offers an excellent start for healthcare professionals unsure of how best to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. It begins with the list of reasons for educating nurses, doctors, social workers, and others about specific health needs, as well as a history of public health in the LGBT community. Chapters contributed by a variety of providers, researchers, policymakers, and activists cover topics that include a synthesis of LGBT public health statistics, specific health challenges for this client base, a discussion of barriers to access, and practical suggestions for disease prevention and treatment. Similar to recent books about multicultural healthcare, Shankle's handbook challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about the types of services needed by the LGBT community. Because he includes questions at the end of each chapter, it would make a nifty textbook for a specialized public health class and could be extremely useful for students and practitioners. Recommended for academic health/social science libraries.-Elizabeth Williams, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560234968
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 536,425
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introductory materials 1
Ch. 1 The nomenclature of the community : an activist's perspective 3
Ch. 2 The role of public health in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health 11
Ch. 3 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public health research 33
Pt. II Academia 57
Ch. 4 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultural competency for public health practitioners 59
Pt. III The community 85
Ch. 5 Lesbian and bisexual women's public health
Ch. 6 Public health and gay and bisexual men : a primer for practitioners, clinicians, and researchers 119
Ch. 7 The whole person : a paradigm for integrating the mental and physical health of trans clients 145
Pt. IV Health care delivery system 175
Ch. 8 Barriers to health care access 177
Ch. 9 Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender substance use 201
Ch. 10 Health care delivery and public health related to LGBT youth and young adults 221
Ch. 11 As time goes by : an introduction to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders 247
Pt. V Government and public health infrastructure 261
Ch. 12 Strategies for improving state, county, and city government health and welfare services for LGBT people 263
Ch. 13 National and public infrastructure and policy : are we experiencing scientific McCarthyism? 291
Pt. VI Employers and business 315
Ch. 14 The need for change : bridging employers and business 317
Pt. VII The media 333
Ch. 15 Media strategies for advancing health in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities 335
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