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UCLA Initiatives & Endeavors
UCLA Health provides equitable health care to all patients regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or religion.
Human Rights Campaign Foundation: Healthcare Equity Index
UCLA Health has been named a leader in equitable care for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. In its annual Healthcare Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation identified each of UCLA Health’s four hospitals as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”
This national benchmarking tool evaluates healthcare facilities for equity and inclusion of LGBT patients, visitors and employees. Healthcare facilities must meet the core criteria: LGBTQ patient-centered care, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and community and patient engagement. In 2017, only 330 healthcare providers received leader status from the Human Rights Campaign, including the UCLA Health system. For more information:
UCLA Health LGBTQ Equitable Care Committee
The LGBTQ Equitable Care Committee is supported by UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine. Its objective is to support and enhance delivery of care that is safe and affirming. This includes improving our electronic health records (EHR) system so that we are respecting our patients’ wishes for preferred name, pronoun, sexual orientation and gender identity which allows for a safer health care experience. It also includes training and educating the work force to the needs of our patients and their families, as well as providing our patients with the resources to select the provider who best matches their needs. Our vision is to create an equitable, affirming and supportive environment for our LGBTQ patients, their families and our staff by providing resources and compassionate health care delivered with dignity, kindness and respect.
UCLA Health is proud of our designation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality, and we are pleased to announce that our organization will become one of the first in the nation to adopt systemwide electronic health record changes to support our LGBTQ patients. Updates to our electronic health records will enable our patients and staff to have the ability to capture preferred names and pronouns that will be reflected throughout patient records.
SoCal LGBTQIA Health Conference
Since its inaugural conference, UCLA Health has been a proud partner of the annual SoCal LGBTQIA Health Conference. The mission for the conference is “To educate, empower, and support all who advocate for the physical, emotional, and psychological wellness of LGBTQIA communities.”