Health Advocacy

A Review: Competent Care of LGB Service Members and LGBT Military Families

Status of LGB Health Care Review: Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) is doing a comprehensive article review of the current literature regarding the delivery of health care services to the members of the LGB service members and their families.  The study includes both peer reviewed and gray literature sources.  The study will be looking for examples of best practices, and evidence of specialized training. Led by Military Partners and Families Coalition, this joint study is in collaboration with National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Education Research Group, East Carolina University, University of Missouri, and the Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control. (Manuscript in preparation)


Survey of Health and Mental-Health Needs of LGBT Military Families

Post repeal of  ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)’, MPFC launched a Community Health Care Study Survey. This first of its kind survey will provide a better understanding of the health and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service member families that may have resulted from the DADT policy. It will also highlight some of the challenges that the LGBT service member family community continues to face. This survey is part of an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Download Survey Press Release (pdf) >>

MPFC 2011-2012 Community Health Care Study Report >>

CAPT Scott Johnston USN from Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control presented results of MPFC study at the American Psychological Association convention in Hawaii July 31-Aug 4, 2013.


“Even though DADT has been repealed, the reported negative effects on the emotional lives of members of this community remain. Building on the MPFC survey, an ongoing study by the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) and Palo Alto University will be discussed. The goal of the NCCOSC study is to assess sexual minority stress and changes in perceived stigma post DADT. These results should further guide clinicians and policy makers on how best to serve this population.”


MPFC is Supporting the Following Health-Related Studies

  • LGBT Veterans Survey by War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at VA Medical Center
  • FOCUS: CI (Families Overcoming Under Stress: Combat Injured) by Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Programs at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Assessment of sexual minority stress and changes in perceived stigma post DADT by Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) and Palo Alto University  (this study explicitly builds on the foundation of MPFC study)


MPFC is dedicated to healthcare equality for ‪#‎servicemembers‬and ‪#‎milfams‬. If you would like to participate or to learn more about the MPFC health advocacy project, please email spouses at milpfc dot org.