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JPHMP Direct Talk Podcast: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTQ Communities

Implications of COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTQ Communities

by Camelia Singletary, MPH


In this episode of JPHMP Direct Talk, I speak with Dr. Kristen Krause about her article, “Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LBGTQ Communities.” The commentary appears in the latest JPHMP supplement, COVID-19: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Kristen Krause, PhD, MPH

Kristen D. Krause, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers), is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS), a leading training ground for LGBTQ scholars. Her work examines the intersection of HIV/AIDS and aging with resilience and she has expertise in broader LGBTQ health disparities. 

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities in a variety of ways, including economic ramifications as many in the LBGTQ community are frontline workers in healthcare, hospitality services, and the retail and delivery industry, and don’t have the same opportunities to work remotely. This population also faces healthcare access challenges and increased burden of mental health and chronic illness. On top of that, data collection of LGTBQ individuals is limited, which means we are currently forced to make educated assumptions on how the virus will disproportionately impact LGBTQ communities because the necessary data on sexual orientation or gender identity are not regularly being collected on COVID-19 testing forms. It’s imperative that scientists, other researchers, and public officials have access to information that can help protect and serve the most vulnerable populations and communities.

To learn more, read Dr. Krause’s article published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice here: https://bit.ly/39uj3Op

You can read all of the articles in the new supplement in which Dr. Krause’s article appears for FREE. See COVID-19 and Public Health: Looking Back, Moving Forward.

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Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.