Discussing Healthcare Inequities at KU Medical Center
August 26, 2011 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
Continuing our educational programming during HRC’s “On the Road to Equality” visit to Kansas and Missouri, we’re at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS today discussing strategies to ensure health equity and inclusion for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
With more than 100 students, faculty, staff and administrators attending from facilities in Kansas and Missouri, LGBT health expert Shane Snowdon discussed the disparities, inequities and anxieties experienced by LGBT patients and their families – and how health institutions around the country are addressing them. She described reality-tested strategies, tools and resources for providing LGBT patient-centered care, including HRC’s national Healthcare Equality Index.
Snowdon is the founding director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equity at the University of California San Francisco, the country’s only LGBT resource in a health care or health education setting, and a member of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index National Advisory Council.
“I am thrilled to be at KU Med Center today discussing these topics with the healthcare professionals of today and those who will lead the industry for generations to come. As LGBT people become more open with healthcare providers about who we are, it is critical that they have enough information about us to ensure that our sexual orientation and gender identity don’t affect the care we receive,” said Snowdon.
We’d like to thank Chuck Romero and KU Med Center for being gracious hosts, and look forward to working with them on projects affecting the LGBT community in the future.