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New UCLA LGBTQ Well-Being Center

By Charlotte Robinson, December 23, 2020

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has launched a new center to promote the health of sexual & gender minorities through research & partnerships with our LGBTQ community, community-based organizations, public health officials & policymakers in Los Angeles & beyond. The UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health or “C-LARAH” (derived from the Latin hilaris, meaning cheerful) will be directed by Matthew Mimiaga, a Fielding School professor of epidemiology renowned for his research working with sexual & gender minorities at the intersection of HIV, substance use & mental health. Professor Mimiaga stated, “Both here at home & around the world, LGBTQ populations have a higher prevalence & incidence of life-threatening physical conditions, mental health challenges & certain chronic & infectious diseases, along with significant barriers in accessing & maintaining healthcare & treatment. C-LARAH & its partners will collaborate on research-informed ways to both reach members of this historically marginalized population & serve them holistically.” Amit Paley, The Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director concluded, “I’m excited for the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research & Health to open its doors & help shape policies that directly impact the lives of LGBTQ young people. Limited LGBTQ-inclusive research, plus the lack of systematic data collection on LGBTQ communities, can make it even more difficult to address the unique mental health challenges of LGBTQ youth & the obstacles to care that they face. The Trevor Project recognizes a clear need for greater investment in advocacy & research that can better inform public policies that support the needs of LGBTQ youth. We look forward to working with the center to educate policymakers, advocate for LGBTQ youth & provide unique insight into their mental health.”           For More Info: ph.ucla.edu

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