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UCLA Earns Healthcare Equality Index Distinction

UCLA Health has been recognized as a Core Four Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign. UCLA applied for the distinction as a demonstration of its commitment to the goals of human rights, education, outreach and better understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the community and within its health system. The recognition is based on responses to the campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

“We decided to participate in the 2013 HEI survey to gain more knowledge through the sharing of best healthcare practices and policies for LGBT patients and to express our commitment to equal care for all patients, in keeping with our mission of healing humankind one patient at a time,” says David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA, president of UCLA Health.

A key mission of the HEI is to encourage healthcare institutions to embrace the campaign’s foundational Core Four principles of patient non-discrimination, equal visitation for LGBT patients and their visitors, employment non-discrimination and training for staff in LGBT patient-centered care. UCLA met all four core criteria to achieve the status of Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality 2013.

“UCLA Health is committed to providing quality care to all of our patients, and we believe that the HEI is a unique resource for healthcare organizations to use as a guidepost in providing equitable, inclusive care to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients,” Dr. Feinberg says.

The HEI survey asks an institution to respond to such questions as whether or not its patient non-discrimination policy or bill of rights includes such terms as sexual orientation and gender identity; whether or not its visitation policy explicitly grants equal visitation to LGBT patients and their visitors; whether or not its employee non-discrimination policy includes such terms as sexual orientation and gender identity; and whether or not its staff receives training in LGBT patient-centered care.

LGBT patients are able to access and search the report generated after completion of the survey to learn which institutions have participated in the HEI and which have been designated as Equality Leaders.


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