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Human Rights Campaign Foundation Expands the Net of LGBT Healthcare Equality

The following post is by Shane Snowdon, director of the HRC Foundation Health and Aging Program:

HRC just expanded its health and aging initiatives into a new Health & Aging Program—and I have the honor and pleasure of leading it. I’ve come to this exciting job from the University of California San Francisco, where I was director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equity, which I founded 13 years ago as the only LGBT office in a healthcare or health education setting.

As Director of the Health & Aging Program, I’ll be building on great work already being done by HRC. For example, this summer featuring U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HRC released the 2012 Healthcare Equality Index. The HEI evaluates the LGBT-friendliness of healthcare facilities nationwide, showing them how to provide optimal LGBT care, and this year’s version evaluated 400+ facilities and trained over 1,000 senior healthcare administrators. Learn more at www.hrc.org/hei

HRC has also been doing successful advocacy and policy work in health and aging for a long time. In fact, recently, HRC and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) announced that the federal government has granted “greatest social need” status to LGBT elders, which will encourage more attention to their long-overlooked concerns.  

Still, a vast amount remains to be done. LGBT people fear discrimination in healthcare and elder services—all too often with good reason. And we frequently face greater health and aging challenges simply because we’re LGBT. But the good news is that HRC will be energetically tackling these inequities and disparities with a wide range of collaborators--including, we hope, you. If you have a story, suggestion, or resource for us, please be sure to send it our way. We’d love to hear from you as we broaden and deepen our health and aging work!

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