Public Health & Wellness Plenary: Protective Factors and the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Research from CDC DASH and the Arcus Foundation

Lisa Barrios, Branch Chief, CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

In this session, we will discuss a two year collaboration between CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and the Arcus Foundation, focused on moving forward the scientific study of protective factors (i.e., the characteristics, conditions, and behaviors that enable individuals avoid or lessen risks to health) for sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth. We will summarize the three arms of this project: (1) our conceptual approach, (2) results from three systematic reviews of protective factors among SGM youth, and (3) our emergent work on protective factors with transgender youth in Atlanta.