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      Promoting LGBT health and wellbeing through inclusive policy development

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          In this paper we argue the importance of including gender and sexually diverse populations in policy development towards a more inclusive form of health promotion. We emphasize the need to address the broad health and wellbeing issues and needs of LGBT people, rather than exclusively using an illness-based focus such as HIV/AIDS. We critically examine the limitations of population health, the social determinants of health (SDOH), and public health goals, in light of the lack of recognition of gender and sexually diverse individuals and communities. By first acknowledging the unique health and social care needs of LGBT people, then employing anti-oppressive, critical and intersectional analyses we offer recommendations for how to make population health perspectives, public health goals, and the design of public health promotion policy more inclusive of gender and sexual diversity. In health promotion research and practice, representation matters. It matters which populations are being targeted for health promotion interventions and for what purposes, and it matters which populations are being overlooked. In Canada, current health promotion policy is informed by population health and social determinants of health (SDOH) perspectives, as demonstrated by Public Health Goals for Canada. With Canada's multicultural makeup comes the challenge of ensuring that diverse populations are equitably and effectively recognized in public health and health promotion policy.

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                Journal
                Int J Equity Health
                International Journal for Equity in Health
                BioMed Central
                1475-9276
                2009
                15 May 2009
                : 8
                : 18
                Affiliations
                [1 ]School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, Canada
                [2 ]Social Equity & Health Research Section, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
                [3 ]Ottawa LHIN Representative, Rainbow Health Ontario, Ottawa, Canada
                [4 ]Coordinator, Social Determinants of Health Stream, Ontario Rainbow Health Partnership Project, Toronto, Canada
                [5 ]Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre, Toronto, Canada
                [6 ]Seniors Program, 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto, Canada
                Article
                1475-9276-8-18
                10.1186/1475-9276-8-18
                2698868
                19442315
                56b6cb5b-ed1d-446f-b8fe-8ef531ab8599
                Copyright © 2009 Mulé et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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