Howard University Hospital Recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality
WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016)-- Howard University Hospital has recently been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.
The findings were part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes healthcare institutions that are doing the best work.
Howard University Hospital has met all of the Core Four Criteria and has achieved the 2015 and 2016 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality, meeting nondiscrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve, according to HRC.
Howard University Hospital was one of a select group of healthcare facilities nationwide to be named leaders. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee nondiscrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members.
The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities resources that were designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.