August 19, 2019 – SAN DIEGO, Calif., Family Health Centers of San Diego received their “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation, the highest ranking possible, from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) reaching the maximum score of 100 for the second year in a row. FHCSD is the only community clinic in San Diego to achieve this honor. The designation was awarded in the 12th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released on Friday, August 16, which FHCSD participated in for the first time in 2018.
FHCSD CEO, Fran Butler-Cohen said, “Family Health Centers of San Diego is extremely proud to receive the Healthcare Equality Leader designation for the second year in a row. We are honored to be recognized for not only providing inclusive, culturally competent care to our LGBTQ patients and clients, but also celebrating the strength and diversity of our staff.”
A record 680 healthcare facilities across the nation actively participated in the HEI 2019 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 1,000 additional non-participating hospitals. Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center and UC San Diego Health System were the only other organizations in the region to receive “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.”
“It is more important than ever that health care institutions stand with the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The health care facilities that participate in HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index are making clear that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients. Going beyond inclusive nondiscrimination policies, these health care facilities are adopting best practices in the areas of LGBTQ patient care and support, employee policies and benefits, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement. We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all.”
The 12th edition of the HEI assesses participants on four criteria: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies and Patient and Community Engagement.
Of the 1,000 hospitals that didn’t actively participate in the HEI but were included based on HRC Foundation research, only 67% have patient non-discrimination policies that include both sexual orientation and gender identity, and only 62% were found to have an LGBTQ-inclusive employment nondiscrimination policy. The equal visitation policy, in place at 90% of facilities that didn’t actively participate, is the only aspect in which this group comes close to matching the standards required to be designated a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.”
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego has been an integral part of San Diego County’s health care safety net for almost five decades and is proud to be one of the largest, private, nonprofit networks of community clinics in the nation. FHCSD’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. More information is available at www.fhcsd.org.
About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.