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Miami VA Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

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The Miami VA Healthcare System is proud to have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for the third consecutive year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Miami VA Healthcare System, serving an estimated Veteran population of 153,789 in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties, 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.

“We are proud to care for all Veterans who have served our nation,” said Paul Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System. “LGBT Veterans face unique challenges in accessing quality health care. At the Miami VA, we are committed to providing an open, supportive and safe environment for all Veterans who walk through our doors. They already served us. Now it’s our turn to serve them.”

The honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

The Miami VA 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 can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

The Miami VA is one of a select group of health care 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.

“Despite all the progress we’ve made, far too many LGBT people still lack inclusive and affirming healthcare. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality are helping to change that, and, in the process, making the lives of LGBT patients and their families better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign. “LGBT people have a right to be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates the Miami VA Healthcare System for its tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”

The Healthcare Equality Index offers healthcare facilities unique and powerful resources designed to help provide equal care to a long-overlooked group of patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/hei. To learn about the Miami VA LGBT Program, visit www.miami.va.gov/services/LGBT_Program.asp.

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