Fargo VA Health Care System
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality
Monday, April 24, 2017The Fargo VA Health Care System recently earned a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
The designation was reported in the 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), reflecting on a decade of progress in LGBTQ healthcare.
More than 500 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2017 survey. Of all those included in the HEI, 302 earned a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation.
“For the second consecutive year, the Fargo VA is honored to have received this designation,” said Robert Roehrich, Fargo VA HCS Equal Employment Opportunity Manager. “This status is part of our continued efforts in overall equality of healthcare for the LGBTQ community as outlined by the Human Rights Campaign. Though we maintain this status, there is still much to do in regards to human rights, specifically the delivery of LGBTQ healthcare. Just as technology and healthcare modalities change, perceptions and barriers to entry continue to be evaluated by our healthcare system to become the most welcoming and inclusive environment possible for all who have served our nation.”
The 10th edition of the HEI implements new criteria that raise the bar on what it takes to earn HRC’s “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation. HEI participants are given scores in four criteria that represent how many policies and best practices from each section they have implemented: foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement. Participants that receive the maximum score in each section for a total score of 100 points earn the status of “2017 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”