Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer (LBQ+) women and non-binary people assigned female at birth (NB people AFAB) are more likely than their heterosexual peers to smoke. and use e-cigarettes. One explanation is that for over 20 years, the tobacco industry has…

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On August 20, 2022, the world lost an excellent scientist and human, Dr. Deborah Bowen. Deb was a Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, but we first crossed paths at Boston University School of Public Health…

Hi all! I was recently invited to join in a Town Hall Talk on Flavored Tobacco Use among LGBTQ communities hosted by the LGBT Cancer Network and Equitas Health Institute. My colleagues Gabe Glissmeyer (LGBT Tobacco Network), Julia Applegate (Equitas…

Ohio’s House Bill 616  states that no public school, community school or private school that accepts vouchers shall “teach, use, or provide any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade. And older kids can’t…

Study reveals disparities in quality of life and health behaviors among lesbian and bisexual women surviving cancer

In 2020, I was lucky to collaborate with Dr. Megan Hutchcraft, clinical fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Using National Health Interview Survey data, we investigated sexual orientation differences in health-related quality of life…

Sexual minority women's health study featured in BMC Public Health

Our recently published study, Sexual orientation disparities in food insecurity and food assistance use in U.S. adult women: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2014, was featured today in the BMC Series blog. Documenting food security disparities among sexual minority…

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Continuing the theme of my last post, and in the spirit of the beginning of tax season, today I’m thinking about doctoral study funding and finances. I am not a financial expert and, as with many first gen students, I…