February 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm EDT | by Staff reports
New LGBT health initiative unveiled in Pa.
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University of Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeffrey M. Vinocur; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania is unrolling an LGBT health initiative that covers medical, dental and nursing schools as well as the region’s largest health system, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Penn is set to announce its Program for LGBT Health Friday and has posted details online this week.

P.J. Brennan, the health system’s chief medical officer, told the Inquirer it was a natural fit with Penn Medicine’s three-pronged mission: research, education, and patient care. There has been no opposition, he said, a sharp contrast with the 1980s. He was training in infectious diseases here when the division had to fight “a lot of fear and ignorance” to start an HIV program.

Now Penn is compiling a list of its LGBT experts to include in a brochure that would help patients choose doctors. The idea came out of a daylong planning retreat that the program’s organizers held in the fall, the Inquirer reports.

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