Lesbian Health Fund call for submissions

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The Lesbian Health Fund, a program of Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health.

Founded in 1992, the LHF has awarded more than $754,000 to fund lesbian health research and is the only U.S. research fund dedicated solely to the unique health needs of lesbians, other sexual minority women and their families.

Today, the LHF remains committed to improving the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women over the lifespan, from early childhood through adolescence and adulthood, including aging. There is still great need to understand how social determinants, especially race and ethnicity, influence the health and wellbeing of lesbians, other sexual minority women and their families.

Priority research areas include the following:

  • Understanding social, family and interpersonal influences as sources of stress or support
  • Eliminating inequalities in health care, including barriers to care, and improving quality of care and utilization rates
  • Development and testing of interventions to address mental and physical health needs of lesbians and other SMW, including but not limited to depression, identity related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, cancer risks, cardiovascular disease and sexually transmitted infections
  • Sexual and reproductive health, including family & parenting issues

Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is expected, and priority is given to the best proposals with the greatest likelihood of securing future funding from other sources.

Proposals for the spring grant cycle are due on May 15. Visit www.glma.org/lhfguidelines for information on how to apply and a list of previously funded grants.