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APLA Health is an LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader

APLA Health joins 495 health care providers nationwide earning designation

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For Immediate Release

September 2, 2020 –APLA Health announced its “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released today. A record 765 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2020 survey. Of those included in the HEI, 495 earned an “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation.

“LGBTQ+ individuals often face difficulty finding providers who understand their healthcare needs. This is also compounded by the fact LGBTQ+ individuals historically lack comprehensive health insurance, which has become more stark by the devastating effect of COVID-19,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “APLA Health has always worked to remove any barriers that individuals face in healthcare. In addition to being a culturally and gender-diverse staff, we continually train to provide culturally affirming care, create new LGBTQ-specific health programs, and assist in enrolling people into the many insurance and healthcare coverage programs that are available. We’re proud of our historical role in our community and continue to strive to provide the best, innovative care for our patients and clients.”

HRC’s Health Equality Index is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. This includes practices like creating committees to review LGBTQ patient care, allowing patients to self-identify in electronic health records and creating guidelines for providers about transgender patient interactions. The Health Equality Index also measures standards that ensure that LGBTQ employees, like LGBTQ patients, receive equal treatment, particularly regarding health-related benefits and policies.

ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

ABOUT APLA HEALTH: APLA Health’s mission is to achieve healthcare equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We remain committed to ending the epidemic in our lifetime. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 18,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services at 20 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV 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 impacts the LGBT and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve.