Did you know more than one in six LGBTQI+ adults reported avoiding healthcare due to anticipated discrimination while 16 percent of LGBTQI+ adults reported discrimination in health care encounters? You may not have considered that sexual orientation may be a concern for some when searching for a healthcare professional for themselves or a loved one.
It wasn’t enough to just have a nice bedside manner. We, as health professionals, took it upon ourselves to participate in PCOA’s Visibility Matters training for the LGBTQI+ community; to provide a safe space for someone to be themselves and meet their unique needs. Visibility Matters training allows you to become more aware, responsive, and sensitive to LGBTQI+ older adults and their families.
There were many great takeaways from Visibility Matters training. We engaged, asked questions, and learned about…
- the historical context on the strained relationship between the LGBTQI+ people and community
- the impact additional identities such as race and ability have on health outcomes
- specific vulnerabilities of LGBTQI+ older adults as it relates to end of life
- the importance of making ElderHealth’s organization efforts visible and welcoming
- how to provide the best support and resources to LGBTQI+ older adults as they age
We encourage you to participate in this training so that you can provide the best care possible to everyone!
Those who may benefit from such a training are those who work in any area of the healthcare industry:
- long term care facilities
- medical professionals
- senior centers
- in-home care providers
- case managers
- anyone serving older adults in Pima County
Brittany Wagner, Practice Manager, ElderHealth
I’ve worked in behavioral health, hospice, and palliative medicine for over seven years. In that time I found my passion supporting older adults and their caregivers during that critical time in their lives. At ElderHealth, everything is client-centered and I enjoy having relationships with our patients and their families.