Friday, April 29, 2011

Makes me really proud.

The American Journal of Public Health was voted one of the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the last 100 years by Special Libraries Association. The AJPH has published my dad's commentary Public Health Implications of Same-Sex Marriage with the online first-look version available in advance of the print version in June.

AJPH First Look, published online ahead of print Apr 14, 2011
American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300112
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Public Health Implications of Same-Sex Marriage
William Buffie, M.D.1
1 St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers

Significantly compromised health care delivery and adverse health outcomes are well documented for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States compared with the population at large. LGBT individuals subject to societal prejudice in a heterosexist world also suffer from the phenomenon known as "minority stress," with its attendant negative mental and physical health effects.

Reports in the medical and social science literature suggest that legal and social recognition of same-sex marriage has had positive effects on the health status of this at-risk community.

Improved outcomes are to be expected because of the improved access to health care conferred by marriage benefits under federal or state law and as a result of attenuating the effects of institutionalized stigma on a sexual minority group. 

(Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print April 14, 2011: e1-e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010.300112)

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