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4.1.22

APLA Health Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Health Equality Index

April 1, 2022 – APLA Health has earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) recently released 2022 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), resulting in the coveted “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. In its 15th year, a record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in this national LGBTQ+ benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees.

“APLA Health is honored to be recognized again by the HRC for our longstanding efforts to remove any barriers to individuals receiving culturally competent quality healthcare,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “The Healthcare Equality Index’s extensive evaluative criteria validates our organization-wide approach to prioritizing the equity and inclusion of our LGBTQ+ patients, employees and the communities in which we serve.”

This year marks the fifth year that HEI participants were given a score based on how many LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices they have in place in four different criteria. The first criteria consist of the foundational elements of LGBTQ+ patient-centered care. The three remaining criteria are Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and Patient and Community Engagement. In addition, participants have to demonstrate that they offer transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to their employees to receive the “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.

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ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION:

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

ABOUT APLA HEALTH:

APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. Our signature fundraising event, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, has drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $92 million to combat HIV and AIDS since 1985. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.