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Helpful Resources

Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health:

Lesbian Health Fact Sheet
http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/lesbian-bisexual-health.cfm

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
(Formerly the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer)
The Mautner Project improves the health of lesbians and their families through advocacy, education, research, and direct service. We envision a healthcare system that is guided by social justice and responsive to the needs of all people.
Web: http://www.mautnerproject.org
Phone: (202) 332-5536

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Offers medical expertise in professional education, public policy work, patient education and referrals, and the promotion of research for the GLBT community.
Web: http://www.glma.org
Phone: (415) 255-4547

Gay and Bisexual Men's Health:

"Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the body's immune system, multiplying and spreading from cell to cell at incredible speed, damaging and destroying cells. At first, the immune system fights back by producing new cells, but eventually, HIV causes so much damage that the immune system can no longer keep up. When this happens, T-cells drop below 200 and AIDS develops.

"One of the most disturbing things a Gay man has to deal with is violence. Violence from the prejudiced and the ignorant people who feel they have the right to commit acts of violence on men just because they are Gay. Homophobia is a health hazard" Read more..... http://menshealth.about.com/od/gayhealth/a/Gay_Concerns.htm

LGBT Family Health

"Research shows that families headed by gay and lesbian parents are as healthy as traditional families, but misperceptiions linger." Read more....
http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec05/kids.html

Parenting

"Many GLBT families use in vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, to realize their dreams of having biological children." Read more....
http://therainbowbabies.com/IVFHealth.html

Nutrition Resources:

American Diabetes Association
The nation's leading non-profit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.
Web: http://www.diabetes.org
Phone: (800) 232-3472

American Dietetic Association
The nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Web: http://www.eatright.org
Phone: (800) 877-1600

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
National Institute of Health Lung and Blood Disease
Web: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/h_eating/h_eating.htm

Food and Nutrition Center (FNIC)
FNIC is a leader in on-line global nutrition information. It is one of several information centers located at the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.
Web: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/
Phone: (301) 504-5719

National Diabetes Education Program
A federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, working together to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes.
Web: http://ndep.nih.gov
Phone: (800)438-5383

NutritionResource.com
Website developed by Registered Dietitians across the globe interested in getting credible products and information into the hands of consumers.
Web: http://www.nutritionresource.com
Email: reachus@nutritionresource.com

Weight-Control Information Network
The Program provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
Web: http://win.niddk.nih.gov
Phone: (800)WIN-8098

Smoking Cessation Resources:

Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
The Project offers smoking cessation and can make referrals to national programs providing smoking cessation services to the LGBT community. The project also manages the Delicious Lesbian Kisses Project, the first national anti-smoking awareness program for lesbians over 40.
Web:http://www.mautnerproject.org , and http://www.shecircle.org
Phone: (202) 332-5536

Smokefree.gov
The Web site was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute, with important contributions from other nationally recognized agencies and organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society. The website is designed to provide information and professional assistance to individuals that wish to quit smoking.
Web: http://www.smokefree.gov

The Smoking Quitline of the National Cancer Institute
Phone: 1(877)44U-QUIT

Articles:

Genealogy: Tracing Your Family's Health History (at www.genealogy.com)
by Donna Przecha.

National Genealogical Society-Family Health History and Heredity (at www.ngsgenealogy.org )

Books:

Past Imperfect: How Tracing Your Family Health History Can Save Your Life
by Carol Daus

Are You at Risk?
by Myra Vanderpoll Gormley

Genetic Connections: A Guide to Documenting Your individual and Family Health History
by Danette L. Nelson

Growing Your Family Medical Tree
by Fran Carlson

Genetics and Disease:

www.geneticalliance.org
Genetic Alliance increases the capacity of genetic advocacy organizations to achieve their missions and leverages the voices of millions of individuals and families living with genetic conditions.

www.cdc.gov
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

www.hhs.gov
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Surgeon General's Family Health History Project

www.genome.gov
Information and Resources about the Human Genome Project

 


Ferre Institute is a community based-community supported non-profit organization devoted to quality services in genetics and reproductive health. Ferre Institute provides professional education to medical providers, counselors, and other human services personnel. Individual counseling and education are also provided to patients of all ages in the Genetic Counseling, Family Building, and Prenatal Risk Programs.