Monday, February 1, 2010

Straight for Equality Helps Healthcare Providers Create Welcoming Environments for All Patients

For too many of our LGBT family members and friends, accessing healthcare can be a nerve-wracking experience. Is the healthcare provider accepting of LGBT people and their issues? What if they aren’t? What if they are accepting, but don’t know how to address the unique needs of LGBT people? These are the questions that many LGBT patients ask themselves every time they access healthcare.

As always, PFLAG is here with a solution.

PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality project has just launched Straight for Equality in Healthcare, a new initiative to help inform healthcare providers in all fields about the needs of the LGBT population. It offers providers an honest discussion of why they should care, how to get past barriers, and simple first steps that help create an open and affirming environment for all patients. Best of all, it is all outlined in one simple guide.

In addition to the publication, we just launched the Straight for Equality in Healthcare website that expands the discussion started in the publication and connects providers with additional resources to help them continue to educate themselves on these issues.

We are also creating a workbook specifically for chapters that will show you how to spread Straight for Equality in Healthcare in your community. With your help, we can make sure that all people feel comfortable and welcome when accessing healthcare. Look for the announcement of the workbook release later this month.

Check out our Straight for Equality in Healthcare website and download the Straight for Equality in Healthcare guide by clicking here. You can also read the press release about the new project here.

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