It’s safe to assume Community Health Centers serve the vast majority of transgender and LGBTQIA+ individuals around the country. For generations, health centers have been the most accessible and non-discriminatory providers in America. At many other health care locations, LGBTQIA+ patients experience extreme stigma, rejection, and are refused or denied care (like hormones, HIV prevention, or breast cancer screening). While health centers have open doors, most have incomplete sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data so they aren’t informed in ways that could improve equity, quality of life and actually save LGBTQIA+ lives.
Currently, Pedro and others at NACHC are working to help health centers, PCAs and HCCNs build capacity and competency around SO/GI data. Learn more in our new blog.