Health & Aging Program

HRC Foundation’s Health & Aging Program works tenaciously to inform and transform the policies, practices and culture of the healthcare industry and long-term care communities to better serve their LGBTQ patients, residents and employees.

LGBTQ people face worse health outcomes than their non-LGBTQ peers in just about every category. The disparities are even greater for LGBTQ people of color, older LGBTQ adults and LGBTQ people living in poverty. We provide resources and training to help thousands of healthcare facilities and long-term care communities adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

56 percent

56 percent of LGBQ patients report experienceing discrimination in healthcare settings

70 percent

of transgender patients report experiencing discirmination in healthcare settings

60 percent

of LGBT Older Adults are concerned about how they will be treated in long-term care settings

Health & Aging Projects

The Healthcare Equality Index

Well before the Affordable Care Act outlawed discrimination against transgender patients, HRC’s Health & Aging Program was pushing healthcare providers across the country to offer inclusive care for transgender patients. The Healthcare Equality Index has helped healthcare systems analyze and upgrade their policies and practices relating to transgender healthcare, including helping to create comprehensive care programs for transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents.

The Long-Term Care Equality Index

Modeled on the Healthcare Equality Index and in partnership with SAGE, the leading advocacy group for LGBT elders, the new Long-Term Care Equality Index will assess the policies and practices of long-term care communities across the country, encouraging communities to provide culturally competent and responsive care to LGBTQ older adults. More than just an assessment, the Long-Term Equality Index will provide resources and technical assistance to help facilities adopt policies and practices that are welcoming and inclusive, and help LGBTQ people choose care that honors their identity.