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The Evolution of LGBTQ Care: The History of Health Centers’ Impact on LGBTQ Health

June 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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For over 50 years, Community Health Centers have been at the cornerstone of providing affirming, high quality health care for LGBTQ people – yet significant disparities in access to health care, chronic disease, health outcomes, and social determinants of health still exist in this community. Health centers have driven monumental change in LGBTQ medical and behavioral health care guidelines, provider and staff training, policy and advocacy, and research, including the standardized collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data to identify and address inequities. The LGBTQ community has faced an myriad of concerns during COVID-19 from economic insecurity to lack of access to consistent medical and behavioral care, and like many, questions about the vaccine.s. NACHC recognizes the essential voices and resilience of the LGBTQ community and welcomes national advocates and leaders for a discussion on their organizations’ historic and continued efforts to assure quality, affordable, and accessible health care to all.