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Health Advisory: You can improve care for LGBTQIA+ patients

Published May 3, 2023.

You can reduce barriers for LGBTQIA+ patients. 

Check out our new LGBTQIA+ Information for Providers page.  

Small changes can make a big difference. Find: 

  • How to implement a preferred name and ID policy.
  • How to create a safe space.
  • LGBTQIA+ trainings.
  • Partner organizations.

COVID-19 revealed health inequities.

COVID-19 disproportionately affected LGBTQIA+ youth. How do we know this?  Rainbow Center, Asia Pacific Cultural Center and UTOPIA Washington hosted focus groups where participants shared they experience dysphoria when interacting with healthcare systems. This results in delayed treatment or preventative care, which can lead to negative health outcomes. 

Healthcare can be a welcoming place.

Small changes, like improving name and ID policies, can help people feel more welcome.