230016 Examining health care discrimination among LGBT and HIV communities

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Zahara Raine, MA , Education and Public Affairs Department, Lambda Legal, New York, NY
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and those living with HIV, vulnerability when ill or seeking health care services is often exacerbated by disrespectful attitudes, discriminatory treatment, inflexible or prejudicial polices and even refusals of essential care. These barriers, in turn, can result in poorer health outcomes and have serious and even catastrophic consequences. In 2009, over 100 partner organizations distributed a survey to LGBT people and people living with HIV across the country. The survey included questions about the following types of discrimination in health care: being refused needed care; health care professionals refusing to touch patients or using excessive precautions; health care professionals using harsh or abusive language; being blamed for one's health status; or health care professionals being physically rough or abusive. This presentation will analyze survey results based on responses from approximately 5,000 people. By providing a powerful snapshot of the experiences of a diverse cross section of members of the LGBT and HIV communities all over the country, this presentation will also identify key recommendations for health care institutions; federal, state, and local governments; and individuals to act upon including comprehensive cultural competency, inclusive policies, research and training for medical personnel, stronger laws, as well as advocacy and community education. The session will also assess strategies of how to use the data to further local and national advocacy, as well as formulate a common agenda from an organizing, public policy, and educational perspective.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify challenges faced by LGBT and HIV communities in accessing quality, non-discriminatory health care services 2. Discuss how survey results can be used by individuals and organizations to advance health care fairness of LGBT and HIV communities 3. Formulate outreach strategies that promote health care fairness for LGBT people and people with HIV

Keywords: Barriers to Care, Cultural Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over ten years of experience developing and running local, national and international public education campaigns and projects to empower people of color, immigrants, LGBT people and people living with HIV.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.