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

Core Competencies

  • 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
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