Health Promotion Strategies for LGBT Persons with Scott Leibowitz





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Published on Dec 3, 2015

In this video, Kristen L. Eckstrand, MD, PhD, co-chair of the AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, interviews Scott Leibowitz, MD, Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist of the Gender and Sex Development Program, at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In this engaging discussion, Drs. Eckstrand and Leibowitz discuss the importance of resilience and coping in terms of LGBT care, the benefits associated from supporting adolescents in realizing the full spectrum of gender expressions and sexual orientations, the consequences of both negative and positive coping mechanisms, and the importance of identifying and encouraging strong support systems in order to promote resilience.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:
1. Discuss the importance of resilience and coping for LGBT individuals across the lifespan.
2. Describe lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender population-specific programs designed to encourage development of healthy coping behaviors.
3. Describe the importance of population-specific support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender individuals who are in recovery and/or coping with illness.
4. Discuss at least 3 opportunities for integrating LGBT-specific health promotion into medical training.


Kristen L. Eckstrand, M.D., Ph.D.
PGY1 Resident, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry
Associate Editor, MedEdPORTAL Differences of Sex Development Health Collection
Co-Chair, AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development
Founding Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTI Health

Scott Leibowitz, MD
Head Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Gender and Sex Development Program
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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