More than half of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients report experiencing discrimination in the healthcare setting. Fear of being stigmatized causes many of them to delay or avoid care.
Penn Medicine has one of the country’s only programs dedicated to serving this community and providing them with culturally-competent, judgement-free health care.
Now, in order to provide even more patients with premier healthcare options, Penn Medicine will launch the LGBT Clinical Practice at Penn Medicine.
Led by Penn’s Department of Medicine, the Clinical Practice will work in partnership with the Penn Medicine Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health to provide quality patient-centered healthcare for LGBT people in our community and beyond.
Members of the LGBT community will benefit from treatment plans focused on their overall health and well-being. With the high standards of integrated, coordinated, and comprehensive care that is the hallmark of Penn Medicine, the LGBT Clinical Practice will feature:
- Providers and staff trained in LGBT-specific patient care.
- State-of-the-art clinical space.
- Seamless access to world-class specialty care.
- Opportunities for research focused specifically on improving health care for LGBT patients in our region, the nation, and around the world.
“The model of an LGBT medical practice within an academic center is unique and exciting because it offers the community another option for high-quality medical care along with opportunities for high-level research,” said Dr. Rebecca Hirsh, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associate Director of Penn LGBT Health.
The planned clinic builds upon the success of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health, which was launched in 2014. The Program involves faculty and staff from the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Dental Medicine, and all of the facilities across the health system, allowing it to address healthcare issues on a broad array of fronts. The program’s collaborative work encompasses education, community outreach, and research, as well as patient care and efforts to improve the climate for faculty, students, and staff.
Donors to Penn Medicine provide the unrestricted support that is directed to patient care issues across Penn Medicine’s network of hospitals and clinics.