Staten Island PPS’s Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Committee is proud to announce plans to support our partners in LGBTQ Equality in 2019. With over 7,500 LGBTQ Cultural Awareness training hours logged for close to 4,000 employees, we will be shifting our focus to improve policy, marketing and outreach, and services for our LGBTQ patient and employee community.
According to the NY State LGBT Health and Human Services needs assessment, LGBT people in Staten Island face these barriers to health care services:
personal financial resources (36%),
not enough psychological support groups (33%),
community fear or dislike of LGBT people (28%),
inadequate insurance (24%),
long distances to LGBT-sensitive medical facilities (21%)
and not enough health professionals who are trained and competent to work with the LGBT community (21%)
We want to make sure our partners are providing equitable and sensitive care for LGBTQ populations who come to us for services. Workgroup members will receive support in becoming recognized as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality from the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index; receiving a credential from SageCare USA for serving aging populations; or help with creating a listing in the Gay and Lesbian Medical Associations (GLMA) provider directory.