Post submitted by Rev. Dr. Denise Donnell, HRC Arkansas Senior Faith Organizer

Last month, 20 medical professionals joined HRC Arkansas for an Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Lunch and Learn at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Tari Hanneman, Director of the Health Equality Project, HRC Foundation, walked participants through the process for completing the HEI. The HEI is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates the policies and practices of healthcare facilities as they relate to the equity and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

LGBTQ people continue to face challenges around adequate healthcare. From small town stigma to blatant transphobia, members of our community are always on the lookout for hospitals celebrated because of the LGBTQ patient-centered care they offer.

By identifying Equality Leaders, the HEI has become the number one resource used to inform LGBTQ persons about the medical facilities dedicated to providing inclusive healthcare. This year, alone, 87 percent of survey respondents met all of the Non-Discrimination and Staff Training criteria, formerly known as the Core Four.

This HEI Lunch and Learn was part of HRC’s ongoing effort to see every facility across the United States provide accessible, inclusive, affordable healthcare to LGBTQ families.

To learn more about HRC’s Health Equality Index, visit

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