Gracious and Tenacious: The Enduring Legacy of Judith Bradford (1943–2017)
Fenway Health was founded as a federally qualified community health center in 1971 by a diverse array of community activists, including feminists, some of whom helped to write “Our Bodies, Our Selves,” as well as gay men and other residents of the neighborhood (Mayer et al., 2001). The organization came of age with the advent of the AIDS epidemic, being the first responder for the community during the early years before the etiologic agent was identified. Fenway spawned a variety of community-based programs, and in order to help understand how HIV was transmitted and how people could protect themselves, it developed one of the first community-based research programs in the United States. In those early bad old days, the center’s major health focus was on gay and bisexual men, although many of Fenway Health’s staff members were lesbians and other sexual and gender minority individuals. In recognition that there were broader sexual and gender minority needs above and beyond the AIDS...
- Bradford, J. B., & Mayer, K. H. (2007). Demography and the LGBT “population”: What we know, don’t know, and how the information helps to inform clinical practice. In H. J. Makadon, K. H. Mayer, J. Potter, & H. Goldhammer (Eds.), The Fenway guide to enhancing the healthcare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities (pp. 23–36). Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians.Google Scholar
- Carroll, N., Linde, R., Mayer, K., Lara, A. M., & Bradford, J. (1999). Developing a lesbian health research program: Fenway Community Health Center’s experience and evolution. Boston, MA: The Fenway Institute.Google Scholar
- Institute of Medicine. (2011). The health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people: Building a foundation for better understanding. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.Google Scholar
- USDHHS. (2001). Healthy people 2010: Companion document for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health. San Francisco, CA: Author.Google Scholar