Action Alert: Letter to CDC to Include LGBTs in Data Collection!


by Emilia Dunham

Network Program Associate

You may recall our report from Creating Change when we mentioned a letter to CDC we were circulating to urge CDC to include LGBT questions on their surveys. At Creating Change we asked folks to sign on to the letter in person and received over 250 signatures! However, before we send the letter, we’d like to offer the opportunity to anyone who wasn’t in Minneapolis that week.

EDIT: A recent blog entry by Scout shows that the Institute of Medicine’s new report urges the need for LGBT data collection.

Dear CDC:

You just released a report on health disparities – what does it say about LGBT health? No data.

At the same time you released $45M for state data collection. How much went to collecting LGBT data? $0

Please fix this problem. We applaud you for calling for data collection in your disparity report. Now we ask you to follow through and do it. Please make LGBT data collection a routine part of all your health surveys. Our health depends on it.

Sincerely,

You

If you haven’t already done so, please take just a minute to sign on in support of LGBT inclusion. Click here to sign.

Please respond by April 1st, 2011.

***NEW DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2011*** Signatures will be accepted through April 1st, but may not be time to include in official letter.

Thank you!

The Network

3 responses to “Action Alert: Letter to CDC to Include LGBTs in Data Collection!

  1. Collecting data on LGBTI individuals seems imperative to analyzing disparities in mental & physical health. Rectify this in future studies!

  2. The LGBT demographic group should be respected and treated as a relevant variable in health related survey research.

    I have over 20 years of professional experience in the methodology of medical research.

    L.B. Erdile, Ph.D.

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