SAN DIEGO, CA – (August 31, 2020) Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was designated an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for the third year in a row, achieving the maximum score of 100. The designation was awarded in the HRC’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released today.

FHCSD CEO, Fran Butler-Cohen said, “As we learn to adapt and grow through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Family Health Centers of San Diego is more dedicated than ever to ensuring all of our patients receive not only quality medical care, but inclusive, culturally competent support from our clinics. Our Healthcare Equality Leader designation honors that commitment and celebrates the work and dedication of our staff.”

Family Health Centers of San Diego is one of only three organizations in San Diego to earn the designation this year. FHCSD is joined by Kaiser Permanente, San Diego Medical Center and UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest in their commitment to LGBTQ equality.

“From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the horrific incidents of racial violence targeting the Black community, the events of the past year have brought about so much pain and uncertainty. Yet, even during this moment of profound unrest, we are seeing more of our humanity and resilience come to life. For me, nowhere is that more true than through the tireless dedication of our health care providers and the intrepid support and administrative staff members by their sides that show up every day to ensure this lifesaving work continues,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The health care facilities participating in the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) are not only on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also making it clear from their participation in the HEI that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients.”

In addition to active survey participants, the HRC Foundation proactively researched key policies at over 1,000 non-participating hospitals. Unfortunately, the adoption rate at these researched hospitals stands in stark contrast to the near-perfect adoption by active participants. Among the researched hospitals in which the HRC was able to find or obtain enumerated patient non-discrimination policies, only 67% have policies that include both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” and only 63% were found to have an LGBTQ-inclusive employment non-discrimination policy. The equal visitation policy, at 93%, is the only one that comes close to matching the rate of the participating facilities.

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About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the 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.

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 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.