“Administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Healthcare Equality Index survey is an important benchmark,” said Dr. Eric I. SchwartzVice President of Community Health and Transformation and Executive Director of Capital Health’s Institute for Urban care. “This designation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for the communities we serve and the support we provide to our employees.”
“Everyone deserves to have access to quality health care, to be respected and heard by their doctor, and to feel safe in the establishment where they receive care. But LGBTQ+ people are often victims of discrimination in all spaces, including health facilities, leading to community members avoiding care and expecting that our voices will not be respected in an incredibly vulnerable environment,” said Tari Hanneman, director of health and aging at The Human Rights Campaign. “The Health Care Equality Index, at its core, works to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are protected and affirmed by their health care providers and feel safe seeking services. Our active participants from HEIs are truly pioneering the healthcare industry in implementing strong and comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusive policies that hopefully, through their work, will become common practice.”
The HEI evaluates and rates healthcare facilities against detailed criteria under four central pillars:
- Core policies and training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care
- Services and support for LGBTQ+ patients
- Social and political benefits
- Patient and community engagement.
In the 2022 report, an impressive 496 facilities earned the “Head of LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality“, receiving the maximum score in each section and obtaining an overall score of 100. 251 other installations obtained the “Most Performing Player» with scores between 80 and 95 points and at least partial credit in each section. With 82% of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, healthcare facilities are demonstrating that they are going above and beyond when it comes to adopting LGBTQ+ care policies and practices.
Notable progress reflected in IES 2022 includes:
- 93% of participants met HEI training requirements, completing more than 200,000 hours staff training in LGBTQ+ patient-centered care.
- 82% of participating facilities have achieved the Leader or Top Performer award.
- 99% of HEI participants indicated that they include both ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ in their policy of non-discrimination towards patients.
- 99% of HEI participants indicated that they include both ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ in their non-discrimination employment policy.
- 81% of HEI participants provide transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to their employees, compared to 75% in 2019, which was the first year she was required to achieve leader status. 2020.
In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key LGBTQ+ inclusion policies at over 1,300 non-participating hospitals. Unfortunately, these research hospitals were much less likely to have LGBTQ+ non-discrimination policies in place, which contrasts sharply with near-perfect uptake by active participants. Of the hospitals surveyed where we were able to find or obtain patient non-discrimination policies surveyed, only 70% have policies that include both sexual orientation and gender identity, compared to 99% of participants in SEA.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to bring about transformational change in the daily lives of LGBTQ+ people, bringing to light inequalities and deepening public understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on promoting transgender and racial justice. His work has transformed the landscape for over 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, promoting the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through scholarship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, he forges partnerships with advocates in the United States and around the world to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.
SOURCE Health Capital