SAN FRANCISCO: City to Host Lesbian Health Care Forum
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (D), along with Supervisor Leslie Katz and Dr. Mitchell Katz of the Department of Public Health, have announced plans for the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Women's Health Forum, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Men and women have different physiological requirements," Brown spokesperson Kandace Bender said, adding, "This summit will address specific issues, both cultural and research-oriented, that affect lesbian and bisexual women." Scheduled for April 7, about 300 public health providers, health researchers, doctors and community advocates have been invited to attend the conference, which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and California Pacific Medical Center. Elisabeth Gruskin of Kaiser Permanente explained that the goal of the forum "is to generate more funding and programs that can help lesbians get better health care." She said, "The fact that government officials are actually acknowledging that lesbians have unique issues that need exploration of their own is encouraging. We hope that it will turn into public policy or funding." The event is invitation-only; interested parties can call (415) 554-5336 for more information (Wilson, 3/21).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.