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Human Rights Campaign Designates NYC Health + Hospitals a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" for the Third Consecutive Year

Health System Continues to Expand Services for LGBTQ Patients and Launch New Trainings for Staff

Apr 06, 2018

Hospital Police finish training at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem as part of a partnership with the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau – LGBT Outreach Unit to provide specialized workshops to train hospital police across the system on best practices in affirming interactions with LGBTQ people.
New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that 22 of its patient care locations, across all five boroughs, have received the designation “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for 2018. This is the third consecutive year NYC Health + Hospitals has received this designation.

The honor acknowledges hospitals, community health centers, and nursing homes across the country that embrace LGBTQ inclusion and patient-centered care.

“NYC Health + Hospitals is honored to again be recognized as a leader in providing affirming care to LGBTQ patients and fostering an inclusive work environment for our employees,” said Sarah Bender, associate director of gender equity at NYC Health + Hospitals. “The health system is fully committed to working toward health equity for LGBTQ communities, and this designation reflects our progress on that promise. While there is more work to do to prevent LGBTQ patients and families from experiencing health disparities, NYC Health + Hospitals is proud to be a leader in the charge.”

Participating health care providers are assessed on four Healthcare Equality Index criteria: LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. Only participants that receive the maximum score in each section earn the “2018 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation.

“The benefits of NYC Health + Hospitals training programs for staff reach far beyond the educational benefits; just as important, the training programs start important dialogue among staff,” said Lisa Russak, NP, nurse practitioner at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens. “When staff are comfortable addressing topics related to LGBTQ communities, it translates into better care for our LGBTQ patients.”

“I am very proud that NYC Health + Hospitals has, for a third year in a row, been designated as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. “This is evidence of their continued commitment to the values of equality and respect for all, and I look forward to continue working with them to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to affordable and quality healthcare.”

“New York City has made great progress ensuring that LGBTQ New Yorkers have access to appropriate health and human services and breaking down the barriers that contribute to health disparities,” said Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried. “It is gratifying that the Human Rights Campaign is recognizing the achievements of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health care system in the nation, as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”

“I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals on its designation of ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality,'” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “As a leader in providing quality, socially responsible care, NYC Health + Hospitals has helped meet the needs of LGBTQ New Yorkers with services and programming such as gender-affirming surgery and valuable trainings. As an openly gay, HIV-positive elected official, I am grateful for the hard work and care for my community that the staff NYC Health + Hospitals gives, and want to thank them for their devotion to LGBTQ New Yorkers.”

“Many congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals for being designated a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equity by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for another year,” said City Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Hospitals Committee. “There is still so much more work to be done to ensure that LGBTQ New Yorkers feel entirely comfortable with both the level of care in all of our healthcare facilities and the culturally competent manner in which it is delivered. NYC Health + Hospitals is taking steps in the right direction, and I look forward to supporting further efforts.”

“New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and through comprehensive programming and training we can create models of care that incorporate everyone,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ designation is exemplary, and highlights best practices to reduce stigma, keeping citizens engaged in care and, above all, healthy. I congratulate NYC Health + Hospitals on this important designation.”

“Congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals on being designated a ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equity’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation,” said City Council Member Daniel Dromm. “I am especially pleased that NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, which is located in my district, has received this special recognition for their outstanding service to the LGBTQ community. As an openly gay man, I appreciate the steps NYC Heath + Hospitals has taken to ensure that people of all sexualities and gender identities receive the quality care that is their due.”

In the past year, NYC Health + Hospitals has achieved the following accomplishments in LGBTQ Health Care:

  • Gender-affirming surgery services were added at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull opened the health system’s second Pride Health Center for LGBTQ patients.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals partnered with the Fenway Institute/National LGBT Health Education Center to pilot a groundbreaking training program for staff: Certificate of Advanced Training in LGBTQ Healthcare.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals partnered with the Fenway Institute/National LGBT Health Education Center and Boston Children’s Hospital to train pediatric and adolescent providers in providing affirming care to transgender and non-binary youth.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals partnered with the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau – LGBT Outreach Unit to provide specialized workshops to hospital police system-wide on best practices in affirming interactions with LGBTQ people.

The complete list of 22 NYC Health + Hospitals patient care locations recognized as “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler
NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

Staten Island
NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View

For more information about LGBTQ health services, visit nychealthandhospitals.org/LGBTQHealth.

Update made April 10, 2018: Quote from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was added after publication.