Discussing LGBT Healthcare Equity at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
June 12, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
I’m with HRC’s new President, Chad Griffin, in Omaha today, where we’re discussing strategies to ensure health equity and inclusion for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at UNMC.
With nearly 75 students, faculty, staff and administrators attending from facilities in Nebraska and Iowa, 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.
Snowdon told those gathered today:
“I am thrilled to be at the University of Nebraska Medical Center today discussing these topics with today’s the healthcare professionals, 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.”
We’d like to thank Dr. Christopher Fisher, PhD, the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative and UNMC for being gracious hosts, and look forward to working with them on projects affecting the LGBT community in the future.
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