Thursday, April 8, 2010

Action Alert: Adding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to National Health Interview Survey

From our friends at the National Coalition for LGBT Health:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is currently circulating a letter in the Senate, requesting funds for the addition of a question about sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the federal government's most comprehensive and influential survey. This question is vitally important for gathering the information needed to understand and address the health disparities affecting the LGBT community.

Please call your Senator today and urge them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse’s letter. To contact your Senator, please dial the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121, give your state, and ask to speak to your Senator. When you are connected to your Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff member who works on Health and Human Services Appropriations. Tell them you are a constituent who supports appropriating an additional $2 million for the National Health Interview Survey and that you would like them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse's letter.

In order to sign on, you must contact Nick Bath in Senator Whitehouse’s office and enter your request in the Appropriations Committee's database. If you have any questions, please have them contact Rebecca Fox at 202-558-6828 or rebecca@lgbthealth.net.

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