Human Sexuality Program Becomes Institute at University of Minnesota School of Medicine | Medicine School


MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (6/30/2021) The Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) has been awarded institute status by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Medicine. With this high status, PHS announces a new brand image and a subsequent name change. The program in human sexuality is now the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH).

This name change reflects the academic excellence and clinical growth built over the past 50 years. The Institute for Sexual and Gender Health’s clinical business serves thousands of individuals, couples, and families across the Midwest. Their research and teaching efforts influence international, national and local policies. Collaborating regularly with organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Association for Sexual Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ISGH faculty strives to raise awareness of sexual rights as inherent part of universal human rights based on freedom, dignity and equality.

“The elevation of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health from a program to an institute is long overdue,” said James Pacala, MD, MS, chief of the department of family medicine and community health. “This group has been at the forefront of progress. on all important sexual and gender health issues over the past 50 years. The institute will advance its proud heritage over the next 50 years. “

Debuting with the new name is a symbol meant to underline ISGH’s multidisciplinary approach to sexual health and gender:

  • Circle: Develop, provide and promote the best clinical care.

  • Hourglass: advancing revolutionary discovery through bio-psycho-social gender and sexuality research.

  • Triangle: Advocacy for sexual and gender rights.

  • Rectangle: Advancing a nationally and internationally recognized center for sexual and gender health education.

These elements come together to create the symbol that reflects the work in progress in the new name. Institute for Sexual and Gender Health.


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