Public Health has launched a new program called LGBTQ Health Initiatives in the Office of Health Services which focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community (LGBTQ).
The LGBTQ community in general, has a higher prevalence of tobacco use, addictions, and mental health issues among other conditions as a result of historically being a marginalized population.
In support of our Diversity & Inclusion efforts we will focus on providing the best healthcare services possible, delivered in a culturally competent way that meets every individual’s needs.
Our efforts will initially involve several key activities as listed below:
- Develop policies and strategies to support healthcare efforts for the LGBTQ community.
- Develop and conduct cultural competency training for Public Health staff and community partners.
- Lead a local LGBTQ community coalition addressing gaps in care.
- Collaborate with Public Health programs to improve LGBTQ health equity.
- Conduct public speaking appearances to address issues of health inequity within gender and sexually diverse communities.
- Achieve certification for LGBTQ culturally competent care through the Healthcare Equality Index.
Target Populations: LGBTQ individuals
Focus Areas: Access to healthcare, HIV/AIDS, Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention
- Inform, educate and empower people to understand the impact of health disparities in the LGBTQ community
- Examine root causes of poor health outcomes; build community partnerships; link LGBTQ populations with services and resources
- Examine or develop policy and facilitate community engagement to eliminate health disparities in the LGBTQ community