NYU Langone Medical Center Designated a Leader in Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign
NYU Langone Medical Center is proud to announce that is has been recognized as a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign in its annual 2012 Healthcare Equality Index Report (HEI). The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization in the country working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
NYU Langone was one of a select group of 234 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named leaders in healthcare equality, and one of only four institutions in New York State to be named as such. To achieve leader recognition, the medical center met several key indicators for equitable care, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff.
The medical center decided to pursue HEI leadership status following a two-day workshop it held in December 2011 with Shane Snowden, founder and director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equality at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Snowden provided training sessions for nurses, chaplaincy, patient relations representatives, students at NYU School of Medicine and others, to learn practices that welcome, support, and provide equal treatment of the LGBT community.
To further NYU Langone’s commitment to delivering quality care to each patient and to reduce disparities that exist, NYU Langone created its own LBGT Advisory Council, an interdisciplinary workgroup devoted to advancing institutional cultural competency for LGBT patients, families, and staff members throughout the medical center.
In 2010, NYU School of Medicine established a program in LGBT health for its medical students, consisting of sessions focused on LGBT and HIV/AIDs related topics in the context of healthcare delivery in New York City. Additionally, the School of Medicine is currently developing LGBT health-related content to integrate into the four-year curriculum.
For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2012, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei.