May 22, 2013 | by Staff reports
Columbia Univ. expands LGBT health initiative
Columbia University, gay news, Washington Blade

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NEW YORK — Columbia University Medical Center announced last week the creation of a new program called the LGBT Health Initiative whose goal is to improve the health and well being of LGBT people, Psychiatric News reported this week.

It was expanded from Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry’s Division of HIV and is now known as the Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health. It’s based at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the article said.

Robert Krtzner, a research scientist in the department, told Psychiatric News he’s “thrilled that a leading academic department of psychiatry has undertaken a commitment to advance knowledge, treatment, training and policy analysis in LGBT health in an effort to address the effects of stigma in perpetuation of health disparities and urgent health problems of mental health in LGBT-identified youth, transgender persons, older LGBT adults and underserved LGBT populations,” the article said.

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