The recent tragic events in Orlando, Florida offer an important moment to reflect and an opportunity for us as public health leaders to contribute to this important dialogue on the health and safety of all Americans as well as our ongoing struggle with gun violence as a public health challenge.
The LGBTQ population has long experienced social and structural inequalities that have undermined the health of the population. It is for this reason that in 2011 the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies called for action to address LGBTQ health disparities. At CGPH, we are committed to eradicating the social inequities which undermine the health of all populations here in the United States and around the world. The events of Sunday, June 12th serve as a reminder that we still have much work to do, particularly as advocates of the LGBTQ population.
As we mourn the loss of so many young lives — many of whom were part of both the LGBTQ and Latina/o/x populations — let us also take time to care for each other and continue our efforts to advance the health of our nation’s most marginalized and vulnerable, and to continue engaging in open and frank conversations about gun violence.
-The Dean and Associate Deans of the NYU College of Global Public Health