Health Summit Heads South

This originally appeared in BCN issue 113.

The annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Summit is to be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, 13th – 14th September 2012.

Established in 2006, the LGBT Health Summit brings individuals and organisations from across the UK together to debate and discuss LGBT health issues. This year the Summit takes place at a time of major NHS reform in England and public sector austerity across the UK, and will be considering the impact on service delivery to LGBT people.

The conference will address a number of key health themes and will look in particular at the impact of social and emotional isolation on the health and well-being of LGBT people. It is widely recognised that LGBT people are not well served by health and other services and that their particular needs and experiences are not routinely monitored or addressed. The impact of prejudice and discrimination that LGBT people encounter has a detrimental effect on their mental and emotional and often their physical health.

The Summit will also focus on improving access and participation for older LGBT people, younger LGBT people and LGBT people affected by HIV and building capacity for transgender people. To achieve this goal, the Summit organisers are hosting a number of local fora to increase community engagement and build sustainable support in Kent and Medway.

Find out more on the LGBT Health Summit website, www.lgbthealth.co.uk