THE PULSE was a survey undertaken to establish a baseline of selected health and social measures relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community in the bi-state metropolitan area of Kansas City, Missouri.
Traditionally, there has been little research regarding public health and the LGBT community outside of mental health issues and HIV/AIDS.
While this survey was the second comprehensive LGBT community assessment conducted in the nation, it was unique in that it was a result of a partnership forged between a local public health agency, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, and the LGBT community, represented by the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
A follow-up survey, Check the Pulse, was developed and implemented by the Health Department and the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City in 2006. The results of this survey may be found above.
For more information please call 816-513-6274. Requests for information on the survey have come from as far away as Victoria, Australia.
On March 31, 2011, the Institute of Medicine at the request of the National Institutes of Health released a study on the state of science surrounding the health of LGBT populations. The study found that nationally, there are many gaps in understanding health and health issues that people in these populations face. Most areas either lacked research completely or needed additional research. As a result, the NIH will be working with Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to suggest strategies to understand and promote the health of LGBT individuals.
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