Manager of Public Policy, PROMO
Building off of the work of Tracy McCreery, former Manager of Public Policy for PROMO, my name is Andrew Shaughnessy, current Manager of Public Policy. In the last installment of our Missouri Case study, Tracy observed firsthand the difficulty in getting Missouri-based hospitals, which clearly have LGBT friendly policies, to stand up as leaders in filling out the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Don’t worry – this still remains the case for some hospitals – but we are seeing a positive shift from many of our targeted hospitals.
Going into this year, our work centered around hospital outreach and education around LGBT welcoming policies. We were interested to see how Senior-level Hospital Executives would react to our outreach efforts for the HEI and its welcoming policy requirements. Given the prior environmental circumstances we faced, we were pleasantly surprised by the reaction we have received thus far. From what we have heard back from our first round of outreach, we know that our work is affecting positive policy change for LGBT Missourians.
Several targeted hospitals, including two network wide hospitals, which will include 14 new hospitals to our original list, have committed to improving their LGBT welcoming policies. Out of the targeted 20 hospitals that PROMO had originally reached out to regarding HEI requirements, we have made contact with, and provide technical policy assistance to six. Three Senior-level Hospital Executives disclosed to us that our outreach efforts had ‘inspired’ them to take action and update their policies.
Now whether they chose to be recognized as ‘2014 Leaders’ will be the next challenge we face, however I can sleep easier knowing that this effort is working. Sometimes all hospitals simply need is a nudge from local LGBT organizations to start the process. Andrew Shaughnessy Manager of Public Policy, PROMO
Director of Dissemination, LEGACY
I wanted to extend an invitation to you, on behalf of LEGACY and the Human Right’s Campaign, to the upcoming panel and reception to celebrate the release of a new report, Tobacco Control in LGBT Communities (for more information, see below!).
Legacy and the Human Right Campaign are hosting a panel discussion examining the socio-cultural factors influencing tobacco use in LGBT communities in the U.S., which result in high prevalence rates, disease and loss of life. Research shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. use tobacco at much higher rates. Why do LGBT Americans smoke so much, and what initiatives have succeeded in reducing LGBT tobacco use? Legacy and HRC will host a panel discussion exploring these questions and more as Legacy releases a new report, Tobacco Control in LGBT Communities. To find out more about the panel discussion, click here!
Event Date: December 11, 2012
Event Time: 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception to follow!
To view the webcast of the panel discussion, click here. Or to register to attend IN PERSON, click here.
Legacy is releasing a new report entitled Tobacco Control in LGBT Communities at this panel discussion on December 11th, 2012. This report calls attention to the issues of the high prevalence of tobacco use and nicotine dependence and tobacco-related disparities facing the LGBT communities. It examines sociocultural facets of tobacco use and tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among LGBT individuals. The report also includes four case examples of promising projects implemented by Legacy’s past grantees to address tobacco-related disparities among LGBT individuals. Once released, the report will be available online at http://www.legacyforhealth.org/1999.aspx. Please contact Legacy’s dissemination program at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, if you would like to order hard copies of this report.