According to the CDC, factors such as discrimination, limited access to care, and lack of adequate health education can result in LGBTQ+ communities generally having poorer health outcomes than their heterosexual counterparts. These negative outcomes, known as health disparities, can lead to higher rates of dangerous conditions and harmful habits in LGBTQ+ folks.
Adagio Health is committed to improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities for LGBTQ+ communities by participating in the HEI
, or Healthcare Equality Index, to inform our response in treating and supporting LGBTQ+ patients and by addressing and providing care in three key areas.
LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for:
- Depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
- Suicide and suicidal thoughts
- Substance use disorder
- Disordered eating
- Nicotine/tobacco use
LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for some conditions, diseases, and infections, such as HIV, AIDS, and certain cancers (cervical cancer, breast cancer, anal cancer). In addition, older LGBTQ+ adults are more likely to rate their health as poor and report more chronic conditions while having less social support.
LGBTQ+ people are also less likely to have a regular health care provider.
Adagio Health offers a variety of services for the LGBTQ+ community, ranging from general medical services and exams to PrEP and PEP treatment at all Adagio Health Medical locations. To learn more about PrEP or PEP services, click here
LGBTQ+ people have less access to crucial health care services. They are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay getting care when needed. Many LGBTQ+ folks report having experienced a lack of cultural competence by health care providers, and even poor quality of care and unfair treatment by healthcare providers.
, Human Rights Campaign
, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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Expand Your Knowledge
Learn more about eliminating health disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals and families with these training links below.
Pennsylvania LGBTQ Organization Directory
The above link is a directory of various organizations and resources through all of Pennsylvania from The Pennsylvania Youth Congress (payouthcongress.org
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
: Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment is a biannual survey conducted to evaluate health needs, health disparities, and barriers to care impacting LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians. Click here
to see the most recent report.
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBTQ+ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
- (800) 777-4723
- Matthew Shepard Foundation
- Supports diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves.
- The organization is based in Denver, CO. Call (303) 830-7400.
- E-Psychiatry Counseling
- 24/7 Virtual telehealth services that covers all 50 states in the U.S.
- Services include: Behavioral Health Care, Mental Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment, Addiction & Recovery Treatment, Outpatient Treatment, Individual, Family & Group Counseling, Medications for Mental Health, Mental Health Evaluations, Understanding Mental Health, Disease Management, Virtual Support
- No cost registration
- LGBT National Youth Talkline
- Services youth under the age of 26 years old
- Services include:
- Telephone/online one on one private chat
- Peer Email Support
- Info & Local Resources
- Discuss coming out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety & safe sex
- The Youth List-Online Email Support (Emails)
- Provides services to youth between the ages of 13-25 years old
- Services are broken down into 3 email groups based off age that hold discussion and support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.
- Group age ranges: 13-17 years old, 17-21 years old & 21-25 years old
- The Trevor Project
- Provides counseling services by trained professionals to young persons in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk
- Services are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline
- Services are trans-led and help connect trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
- Services are available 24/7 at (877) 565-8860
- Healthy People 2030: A federal study that supports improving the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ populations. To read the most recent study, click here.
- Click here to view the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's most recent Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People.
- Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
- Services Lesbian Women
- Provides a 1-year scholarship between $1,500-$3,000 to qualifying individuals that are graduating high school or are already enrolled in college that is aid directly to their school’s tuition
- Submissions are judged on academic achievement, outstanding community service & leadership and commitment to impact LGBTQ+ issues
- Apply online at www.stonewallfoundation.org/grants
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