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Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language
The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. We include community perspectives by actively engaging a national advisory body (NAB) of 14 transgender identified leaders from throughout the country. The collective experience of our diverse and talented NAB assures that our programs address issues that are timely and relevant to the community.
Policy Reports & Best Practices
Department of Health operates public health clinics that offer a variety of services to New Mexicans. This site is a directory of public health clinics. Each location has its own hours of operation, and a unique set of services. Please note that some locations require an appointment and do not accept walk-ins.
Services may include:
Testing Sexually transmitted diseases
Women, infant, children (special supplemental nutrition program)
Children’s medical services
Breast and cervical cancer screenings
The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.Webinar on LGBTQ Health topics. https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/lgbt-education/learning-modules/
Technical Assistance for clinics to adopt LGBTQ inclusive policies: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org/about-us/technical-assistance/
LGBT people suffer from stigma related health issues like smoking or mental health problems. When we fear a chilly welcome we avoid doctors, which means we also don’t get well-person care like cancer screenings. The first step in breaking this chain is getting LGBT people in regular healthcare; this tool can help you be confident of your rights.
Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index 2017
The HEI program works with in-patient healthcare facilities to adopt LGBTQ-protective policies.
This program provides best practices for LGBTQ equit and inclusion as well as free CME/CEU credits to participating healthcare facilities.
“I am Me” is an educational training video that explores the challenges our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face and how adults can be supportive allies. The video begins with the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and then explores the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth face through personal stories from young people and adult advocates. The video ends with youth sharing how they need to be supported and a checklist on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. More resources for training found here: I_Am_Me_Resource_Guide
This training is great for any adult who works with LGBTQ youth.
The Human Rights Campaign created a 2017 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)
Search healthcare facilities throughout New Mexico and find their policies.
UNM hospital is a 5 year Top Performer in this program.
Cancer has indelibly left a disproportionate mark on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. We understand more than ever how the stress and stigma experienced by sexual and gender minority communities interacts with cancer, one of the most devastating of health challenges. It is with great pride that LGBT HealthLink: The Network for Health Equity and the National LGBT Cancer Network present the LGBT Best and Promising Practices Throught the Cancer Continuum.
Fierce Pride has signed on to this open letter urging public health authorities, health care institutions, government agencies and policymakers to address the following concerns:
- Ensuring Nondiscrimination in Health Care Settings.
- Documenting and Reporting the Impact of COVID on LGBTQ+ Communities.
- Protecting the Economic Health of LGBTQ+ People.
The full text as follows:
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2020
Scout, 401-267-8337, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jewel Addy, 202-204-5531, email@example.com
LGBTQ+ AND ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS ISSUE SECOND OPEN LETTER URGING DECISIVE ACTION TO PREVENT COVID-19 DISCRIMINATION
170 Organizations Highlight Need for Nondiscrimination, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Data Collection, and More Help for Economically Devastated Communities
Washington, DC – One hundred and seventy national, state and local LGBTQ+ and allied organizations have joined in a second open letter to health and policy leaders highlighting the importance of measures to prohibit discrimination in COVID-19 treatment and prevention, and clear communication of those measures and policies to better serve the health needs of marginalized communities with histories of discriminatory encounters with the medical and public health systems. The letter also urges medical providers and public health authorities to collect sexual orientation and gender identity data for COVID-19 cases in addition to data on race, ethnicity, age, sex and disability, in order to document and address the pandemic’s impact on minority communities. The signing organizations also emphasize the urgent need for more robust relief for lower-income individuals and families, and for persons who are dependent on lower-paying jobs in hospitality and other industries which are being decimated by the pandemic.
“We are in the middle of an unprecedented global health crisis – and we cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. “As our work continues to get families and communities the resources they need to survive, we must ensure that protecting LGBTQ+ communities is a core part of our country’s response to COVID-19. Ensuring non-discrimination has and always will be a priority for me, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to make that a reality.”
“LGBTQ people have increased risk factors for COVID-19, including higher HIV and cancer rates, higher rates of smoking, and increased risk of homelessness,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who serves as Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus and recently led a letter urging data collection. “We must ensure that the LGBTQ community has access to the resources it needs to face this pandemic, including quality, non-judgmental, and affordable healthcare, as well as unemployment benefits for every impacted industry, including the service and entertainment sectors. We also must collect data to understand how the LGBTQ+ community is being impacted by COVID-19.”
“Whitman-Walker and other community health centers that care for LGBTQ+ patients and others in marginalized communities have many patients who are understandably fearful of neglect or mistreatment in this pandemic,” said Laura Durso, PhD, Chief Learning Officer of the Whitman-Walker Institute. “Many of our patients work in lower-paying jobs that are particularly vulnerable in this crisis. We are committed to protecting those who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s economic devastation.”
“Early surveillance has shown how health disparities create very different outcomes for vulnerable populations,” notes Scout, PhD, the Deputy Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, “which shows us how important it is to add LGBTQ data collection to COVID-19 surveillance.”
These organizations call on public health authorities, medical providers and government agencies to reinforce safeguards against discrimination; to foster collaborative relationships with LGBTQ+ service providers and advocates; to collect important data on patients, including sexual orientation and gender identity; and to expand the economic relief and legal protections needed by individuals and families particularly hard-hit by the pandemic.
The letter was initiated by a coalition of six organizations: The Whitman-Walker Institute; the National LGBT Cancer Network; GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality; SAGE; New York Transgender Advocacy Group; and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. The full letter text, full signer list, and additional organizational response resources can be found online at this link: https://cancer-network.org/coronavirus-2019-lgbtq-info.
About the National LGBT Cancer Network
The National LGBT Cancer Network runs a CDC funded public health network focused on eliminating tobacco and cancer health disparities. Due to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 will have on our population as a result of increased smoking and cancer rates, the Network has been actively creating resources for LGBTQ+ organizations to help respond to this unprecedented public health crisis. Learn more at cancer-network.org.
Whitman-Walker operates a community-centered enterprise that provides primary medical care, behavioral health care, dental care, and a range of health-related legal and support services, with specialties in LGBTQ+ and HIV care, to more than 20,000 individuals and families annually in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region. The Whitman-Walker Institute was established to support the needs of our patients, and the communities at the heart of our mission, with clinical and behavioral health research, public policy advocacy on the national, regional and local levels, and clinical and community education. Learn more at www.whitman-walker.org.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault search this list for a provider near you:
If you are a survivor looking for a mental health provider who is knowledgeable about sexual abuse, see this list:
NMCSAP also has information and resources on the following topics
General resources and information on consent, sexual violence, and abuse
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) programs and coordinators
Sexual violence prention programs
Video Trainings and Webinars
NMCAP hosts an annual HIV internship program. Interns receive training in HIV and related social issues and are placed with local HIV Service Organizations for 101/2 months where they get hands on experience doing HIV testing and education and working on programs to support People Living with HIV. Participants receive a small stipend and a lot of practical experience that can help prepare them for future employment and educational opportunities. Recruitment begins on April 1 and runs until a full team is in place. Training begins in mid-August and the program concludes on June 30.NMCAP offers training and consultation to healthcare and behavioral health providers and organizations, schools, and others who want assure that their programs or organizations are welcoming to LGBTQ people and are able to provide quality care or services to this population. We offer trainings around the state that are open to state and private employees and are also able to schedule special trainings for organizations or groups that have a significant number of individuals to train. Topics we can cover include: Making your Facility Welcoming; Sex and Gender 101; Health Disparities that Affect LGBTQ New Mexicans; Improving your intake and history forms; Clinical issues affecting LGBTQ patients, etc.For questions about NMCAP and its programs, please contact Robert Sturm at NMCAP@yahoo.com or (505) 670-7900.http://www.nmaidspartnership.org/