Supporting Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Wellness
in the Southern US and the Global South


The 2023 SGM Wellness Symposium is taking place September 17-19! Click here to learn more.


The Duke SGM Wellness Program (DSGMWP) is an initiative to support sexual and gender minority wellness through four areas of excellence: Education, Research, Best Practices, and Public Policy.


The Program plays a crucial role in providing comprehensive education for undergraduate students, graduate and post-docs, as well as medical students, in understanding the unique health and wellness needs and contexts of  sexual and gender minorities in the Southern US and Global South. Through courses, workshops, and trainings, the Education arm seeks to empower individuals across various sectors with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the well-being of SGM communities, locally and globally. 


Multi-disciplinary research provides the path to understanding health disparities and needs for SGMs, both in the Southern US and the Global South. Our research program incorporates a wide range of SGM health topics from population level epidemiological research designed to build the knowledge base of SGM health and their needs to research on the influence of laws and policies on the health of SGM identity groups globally, nationally, and locally.


There is growing recognition that medical practices must include an understanding of specific SGM health needs and barriers to quality care, and that students and practitioners in all health fields need to be rigorously trained in best care practices. Our Best Practices program strives to change the way we care for SGMs in the Southern US by training personnel to become excellent SGM care providers who can bring knowledge and care expertise to their future faculty and clinical homes.




Global, national, and local policies, including laws and regulations, still vary widely from those that promote persecution those that accept discrimination, to those that protect SGM rights and well-being. Changes in these policies can have dramatic and swift ramifications for the mental and physical well-being of SGMs. With the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy as a partner, our program is well situated to advocate for and influence policy change for SGMs in the Southern US and Global South.

Why now? Because the world demands it. 

SGM health has been elevated to the status of urgently needing data, evidence, and best practices for researchers, health-care providers and policymakers. The DSGMHP is committed to transforming research, best practices, and policy about SGM health both in the Southern US and the Global South.

Are you passionate about SGM health research, practice, or policy in the Southern US and Global South?

Please join us in partnership!