Advancing LGBTQ+ Health Through Innovation

Creating solutions where community experiences, diverse partnerships, thought leaders, and public health science come together to advance the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community.


Our Approach


Advance LGBTQ+ health through innovative tools
and programs


Identify key priorities focused on LGBTQ+ program design and implementation


Turn evidence-based strategies into innovative, sustainable solutions for LGBTQ+ communities


Examine how existing programs improve the care and well-being of LGBTQ+ people


Provide training that fosters tangible skills and understanding regarding LGBTQ+ health



The Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative

The experiences of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination contributing to LGBTQ+ people’s heightened health risks have ripple effects that affect us all.  The unequal treatment of sexual and gender minority communities may strain or sever loving ties between families and friends, limit their educational and employment opportunities, impede their personal growth and wellness, place them in harm’s way, and hinder their trust in health and social services.


National data suggests that LGBTQ+ populations have a higher prevalence across a myriad of structural (e.g., homelessness, poverty, equitable care) and health risks (e.g., mental health symptoms, substance abuse, HIV, suicide, violence), yet efforts to address these outcomes through risk reduction and resilience approaches are often focused on a single health outcome as opposed to a more integrative, humanistic approach.


The most recent Gallup poll finds that 7% of the US population identifies as LGBTQ+, with up to 25% of younger generations identifying as LGBTQ+. However, investments in LGBTQ+ populations remain minute within the NIH portfolio. For example, the NIH’s 2020 portfolio analysis found that less than 1% of funded projects focused on LGBTQ+ populations. Unless insights and investments from other sectors are convened, equitable advances to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ communities will lag and stagnate.


As an enterprise, Eidos will act as a leading convener and thinktank committed to improving the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ people through social innovation. Our social innovation hub brings together the unique expertise and power of the business, non-profit, academic, government, healthcare, and finance sectors in order to  transform our collective commitment to LGBTQ+ communities and accelerate its impact and sustainability. The first of its kind, Eidos relies on the best Penn has to offer to make this vision a success: our students, staff, and faculty’s investment in social justice, the world-class interdisciplinary thinking and expertise in cutting-edge intervention science across the 12 Schools.


This ‘Idea Factory’ is Leading the Way in LGBTQIA+ Innovation

Eidos members José Bauermeister and Jessica Halem speak to the place of social entrepreneurship in nursing.

Claire Brooks, MI



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418 Curie Blvd

Fagin Hall

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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