The health of LGBT Missourians: A growing problem with solutions

IScreen Shot 2015-03-22 at 7.57.01 PM‘m thrilled to be returning to my alma mater to present The health of LGBT Missourians: A growing problem with solutions at this year’s Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference. On the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri the conference will be held on March 25-27th, 2015. This year’s theme focuses on broadening the community with best practices showcased by diversity professionals from around the nation.

In Missouri, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals experience poorer access to care and worse health out comes than their heterosexual peers, according to the Missouri Foundation for Health. But, what is the cause of this disparity?

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The presentation will give participants a glimpse into the health of LGBT Missourians. Looking at the issues that have caused this inequity, participants will be educated on the known health disparities, and tools used by health care providers to become LGBT welcoming. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge on the successful collaborative model of the Missouri LGBT Health policy project, which has advocated to bridge this gap in Missouri  Because of this work, Missouri moved from 37th in 2013, to 6th in the Nation (1st in the Midwest), for hospital facilities that are leaders in LGBT health care as rated by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

For the conference website, click on the Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference. 

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