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As Long Island communities have become more diverse, the need to practice cultural competency and health literacy are essential to providing exceptional, patient-centered health care. To advance the progress of the CCHL program, it became clear that creating separate modules on special population was the next logical step. According to a survey of the various Long Island Health Collaborative partners, respondents were interested in accessing information on patients identifying as LGBTQ.
LGBTQ Health, an awareness-raising training, aimed to reduce barriers to care by sharing information about cultural and linguistic competence, health disparities, and unconscious biases directly related to the LGBTQ population. This one-hour training touched on topics surrounding implicit bias, LGBTQ 101, vocabulary, health disparities, and best practices for frontline staff.
The LGBTQ Health awareness-raising training was supported by the Long Island LGBTQ Consortium, a group of experts throughout the region working in alignment to advance care for the LGBTQ population.
With consortium trainings running through winter of 2018, over 250 people attended an LGBTQ Health session. Among those trained were community health workers, MDs, other medical providers, medical residents, hospital support staff, EMS, health educators, care managers, peers specialist, and hospital administrators.
View the full report about the LGBTQ Health awareness-raising training.
For more information regarding LGBTQ+ health research in the United States, you can also read the Healthcare Equity Index 2018 from The Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The HEI was developed to meet a deep and urgent need on the part of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans: the need for equitable, knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming healthcare, free from discrimination. No one facing health concerns should also have to worry about receiving inequitable or substandard care because of their LGBTQ status.
Learn more about the members of the Long Island LGBTQ Consortium, linked below.
The Transgender Resource Center, Long Island Health Collaborative, LGBT Network, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, Suffolk Care Collaborative, Ilvan Arroyo and Stephen Sebor of Stony Brook's Center for Public Health Education, Nassau Queens PPS, Anthony Santella of Hofstra University, Pride for Youth