AAP Supports Health Care for Sexual Minority Youth

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The AAP believes ALL children should receive full and adequate health care.
Air Date: 7/17/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. David A. Levine, MD, FAAP
Levine 2-09 resizedDr. David A. Levine has been on faculty of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, since July 1995. Current activities in the Department of Pediatrics include coordinator of pediatrics medical school education activities, and general pediatrics service with underserved children and families at Morehouse Medical Associates. As a Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse, he teaches in all four years of the MSM MD curriculum. Topics include cultural competence, community-oriented primary care, clinical interviewing, "doctoring"/art of medicine, career and residency planning as well as General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Levine was appointed to and serves on the national Committee on Adolescence of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is also active in the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, currently serving as Chair of the Committee on Adolescent Health. He is a resource to GA pediatricians on medical and legal issues that affect the care of teenagers. Areas of special expertise include working with teen men and with LGBTQ youth. He was the lead author of the 2013 Policy Statement on Office Care for LGBTQ youth from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Levine did his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He graduated with High Honors with a double major in Biology and American History. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Levine began his specialty training in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital/Boston University and finished training at Oakland Children's Hospital/University of California-Davis. He is board certified in Pediatrics and participates in maintenance of certification.
AAP Supports Health Care for Sexual Minority Youth
Do you feel that your LGBTQ youth is getting equal health care? Even with all the strides our nation as a whole has made in equality, there may still be a severe disparity when it comes to your child's needs.

The AAP believes that ALL children, regardless of their sexual orientation, should receive full and adequate health care and that no child shall be deprived of an positive health care environment.

Appropriate and supportive health care is necessary for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In fact, supportive school and home environments have been shown to protect sexual minority youth by reducing rates of risky behaviors.

Special guest, Dr. David A. Levine, shares important information for you and your LGBTQ child.
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