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Our Approach

The Eidos LGBTQ+ Health Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania is a social innovation hub where evidence-based strategies and cutting-edge scientific discoveries are shaped into projects focused on improving LGBT+ people’s health and well-being.

Eidos is the first academic-led initiative focused on creating impact in LGBTQ+ health through a social entrepreneurship approach. 

  • Design innovative projects with dedicated scientific, technical, and programmatic resources geared towards our improving the health of LGBTQ+ communities.

  • Create a unifying place for scientific discovery and refinement through interdisciplinary science focused on LGBTQ+ health at Penn.

  • Advance translational science, particularly in understudied or underfunded areas of LGBTQ+ health.

  • Coordinate the dissemination of programs that reach LGBTQ+ people and communities through connections to existing health systems, non-profit agencies, and private partners.

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Guiding Principles

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Equity

We are committed to addressing the root causes of LGBTQ+ health inequities across gender and sexuality, age, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, and background.

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Shared Learning

We value opportunities to co-learn through interdisciplinary thinking, rigorous research, and community experiences.

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Engagement

We partner with diverse experts and stakeholders to strengthen our potential to effect change in the lives of LGBTQ+ communities.

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Transformation

We believe in testing high risk, high reward ideas with the potential to improve LGBTQ+ health through iterative, innovative cycles anchored in design thinking principles.

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Responsiveness

We design, evaluate, and launch evidence-based programs alongside public and private partners to ensure their reach, effectiveness, and long-term sustainability.