For the first time, the University of Michigan Health System has 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.
“This is one step further toward providing excellence, quality, and inclusion regardless of race, gender, religion, or class,” says Dr. Carmen R. Green, associate vice president and associate dean for Health Equity and Inclusion, U-M Health System, and a health management and policy professor at the School of Public Health. “While there is still work to be done to improve how we provide care, do research, train new professionals and foster careers, we are proud of this important recognition and remain steadfast in our commitment to eliminating health care disparities in our time and promoting health equity now.”
The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT people in the United States, and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work.
UMHS earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who may face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.
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