To advance the understanding of bisexual health disparities and how to address them, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office will host the first ever Workshop on Bisexual Health Research on September 23 to bring together over 20 of the top scientists in North America with expertise in bisexual health, measurement, and other disciplines.
Dr. Brian Dodge, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, will co-chair the Workshop on Bisexual Health Research. Core faculty partner Dr. Wendy Bostwick of the University of Illinois at Chicago will also be a co-chair.
During this historic event, top scientists will share what is known about this population, including the most recent scientific findings, and identify crucial knowledge gaps and research opportunities for studies on bisexual health across the life course.
Health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual and gender minority (SGM) people exist across the lifespan and are increasingly well-documented, but gaps remain in our basic understanding of how health status, behaviors, and outcomes vary within these groups, especially bisexual individuals. A growing body of evidence suggests that bisexual-identified individuals experience significant health disparities in comparison to heterosexual and gay/lesbian-identified individuals. These include higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, substance use, suicidality, as well as disparities related to healthcare access and utilization. However, until recently, bisexual individuals have remained relatively invisible in public health research.
The workshop, held at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, at 9am on September 23, 2019, will be available to the general public for viewing via videocast and archived as a podcast in honor of Bi Visibility Day. A link to the videocast can be found by clicking here.