by Scout, Ph.D. Director, Network for LGBT Health Equity At The Fenway Institute
Focus on NIH Day Two
Just yesterday we delivered the new Joint Statement on Data Collection to the head of NIH, Dr. Frances Collins, urging him particularly to include better data collection in the big new tobacco study. But why just send him just one letter a week? Today, his office is opening our next Fedex, which is a copy of our recently released LGBT Cultural Competency in Funding policy paper, but with a twist. One of our Steering Committee Members, Dr. Alicia Matthews, took the time to break down for NIH the reality of what this means for LGBT research. The letter is eloquent and pointed, showing how the “witch hunts” against LGBT research in 2003 still hold sway today. I couldn’t say it better myself, so let me just show you. Thank you so much Dr. Matthews. We look forward to hearing the response.