NYU Langone Medical Center Designated a 2014 LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign
For the third consecutive year, NYU Langone Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign in its annual 2014 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 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination 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.
In 2012 NYU Langone created its own LGBT Advisory Council to further NYU Langone’s commitment to delivering quality care to each patient and to reduce disparities that exist. The Council is an interdisciplinary workgroup devoted to advancing institutional cultural competency for LGBT patients, families, and staff members throughout the Medical Center.
According to Rhonda Acholonu, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, and associate dean for academic and diversity affairs, the Council has made significant changes this year. “Gender and sexuality are now mandated fields in the patient’s electronic health record stored in Epic, the Medical Center’s network-wide electronic health record system,” said Dr. Acholonu. “In addition, the Council created an online training module for all faculty and staff aimed at increasing awareness and helping staff learn how to ask patients questions about gender and sexual orientation.”
Deborah (DJ) Haffeman