Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) announced that they will be working on a new initiative for LGBTQ Equality in 2019 for patients, employees and community. They hope to eventually receive status as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality from the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index.
What does the initiative cover?
RUMC will be launching mandatory training for all employees to learn about LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, updating their patient and employee non-discrimination and equal visitation policies to be more inclusive and promoting equitable care for all throughout the community.
What does this mean for employees?
All employees will be asked to attend a 2-hour training presented by the Pride Center of Staten Island, which advances a person-centered approach to working with LGBTQ patients and/or clients in healthcare settings. The training includes an introduction to (or review of) LGBTQ terminology, activities that focus on intersectionality and structural systems of oppression, and a discussion of the health disparities confronting LGBTQ individuals. Additionally, the training will give you concrete tools to make healthcare environments more welcoming for LGBTQ patients and/or clients, as well as your LGBTQ co-workers.
How can you become involved?
Are you interested in supporting this important initiative? RUMC is looking for champions to join their team to help bring this work to colleagues and patients. If you are a physician, resident, front-line staff, nurse, environmental worker, dietary aide from the LGBTQ community, or an ally to the community, please reach out to Boris Molchanskiy at BMolchanskiy@RUMCSI.org for more information.