Imagine yourself enjoying time with friends in a small bar in New York and, without warning, joyous moments are unceremoniously interrupted by police. The atmosphere instantly is transformed to what feels like a battlefield. Several of your friends are taken to jail. The entire neighborhood is seemingly engaged in the conflict, and days of continued disruption follow. The Stonewall Riots in 1969 launched a movement which resulted in continued activitism for civil rights within the LGBTQ+ community and increased social acceptance, creating pockets of a greater sense of belonging across the nation. Philadelphia and its residents have also been central to this movement with the first gay rights demonstrations in the US occurring right outside Independence Hall every July 4…Read more on Honoring Pride Month at Penn Medicine
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SpectrumScores aims to connect LGBTQ patients with the right providers to cater to their unique needs.
Three University of Pennsylvania medical students have created an app that they hope will put an end to LGBTQ healthcare disparities.
SpectrumScores, being developed by Phil Williams, Jun Jeon, and Naveen Jain, plans to connect LGBTQ patients with the right providers to meet their unique needs. The concept came from the team's shared negative experiences with providers they described as "well-meaning but under-informed" coupled with their understanding of "how much of a significant impact an LGBTQ competent provider can make."
"SpectrumScores isn't just an app, it's a mission," Jeon said. "Accessibility to proper healthcare is a fundamental human right, no matter where you…Read more on Penn Med Students Create App to Address LGBTQ Health Disparities Read - Phillymag
Since Penn Medicine launched its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Program in 2014, the group's numerous initiatives have tackled diversity and inclusion in the workplace, classroom, and clinical settings, educated students and staff on LGBT health topics and disparities, and participated in community outreach, among other efforts.
Now, a new LGBT student-trainee-faculty mentorship program is tapping into a rich community of LGBT professionals at varying levels of medical careers to mentor LGBT students.
Borne out of a meeting in January 2016 between Rosemary Thomas, program coordinator for Penn Medicine's Program for LGBT Health, and the School of Medicine's student-run LGBT People in Medicine group, the new program recruits students, faculty and trainees all aimed at fostering an…Read more on LGBT Health Program Creates Generational Chains of Mentorship
The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health - Strengthening Penn’s commitment to providing excellent care to the LGBT community
Barriers such as decreased access to healthcare, lack of awareness and/or insensitivity to their unique health needs, and inequitable health system policies and practices put some members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at a disadvantage in optimizing their physical and mental health. The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health works to address these health inequities and improve the care of all LGBT people.
Recently the Program worked with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital to complete the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). As part of the application, the four hospitals standardized their patient and employee non-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation and gender…Read more on The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health - Strengthening Penn’s commitment to providing excellent care to the LGBT community