Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Health Acess Project

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Our Mission

To strengthen the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's ability to foster the development of comprehensive, culturally appropriate health promotion policies and health care services for GLBT people through a variety of venues including community awareness, policy development, advocacy, and prevention strategies.

Our Vision

To create a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, community-based health and human services agencies, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities and their straight allies to develop an awareness of health issues; reduce barriers to health care and prevention services; and promote, enhance, and sustain health norms for GLBT people throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Project Goals

• Disseminate Community Standards of Practice for Provision of Quality Health Care Services to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered clients;

• Offer provider training and technical assistance to help agencies implement the Community Standards;

• Collect and disseminate information on health access issues for GLBT consumers;

• Gather information about the health access issues of GLBT communities, though focus groups and community forums;

• Collect, compile and update research information about GLBT health issues and concerns;

• Identify and quantify gaps in services as well as barriers to care for GLBT people;

• Provide guidance to the MDPH regarding policies which need to be established or revised to ensure that culturally appropriate health care and health promotion / disease prevention services are available to GLBT people in Massachusetts;

• Network with other agencies, organizations and individuals that address GLBT health issues to provide information and training for health care professionals.

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We've worked with a wide variety of private and public agencies to help them improve their services.  Interested in training or technical assistance for your group or agency?  Click here to learn more.