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UCLA Launches A New Center To Study LGBTQ Health

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The LGBTQ+ community has a new center devoted to addressing its physical and mental health needs.

Launched today by UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, the center is led by epidemiology professor Matthew Mimiaga, who said his goal is to reach historically marginalized communities and take a holistic approach to addressing the health disparities they face.

"The LGBTQ community has a higher prevalence and incidence of life-threatening physical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, such as depression and substance use, chronic and other infectious diseases," Mimiaga says.

The center will also partner with local organizations — including the Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth — that serve the LGBTQ+ community.

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