OHSU Named "Leader in LGBT Healthcare"

2014_HEI_LogoFor the fourth year in a row, Oregon Health & Science University has been recognized as a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. 

The findings were part of HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.

OHSU earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

OHSU was one of a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide – and one of only four in Oregon – to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.

OHSU is the largest employer in the Portland area that offers health coverage for employees and their dependents for care related to gender transition.  The Center for Diversity and Inclusion coordinated trainings and cultural competency lectures on patient-centered care. OHSU Pride, the employee resource group for LGBTQ staff and their allies, promotes an inclusive workplace that provides opportunities for growth for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.

Posted by Maileen Hamto on October 15, 2014