Over the past several years, the LGBTQ* Committee at Stony Brook Medicine has been hard at work to ensure we are providing the best care and meeting the needs of all patients, including transgender and gender-diverse individuals. Best care is culturally sensitive care that is in line with Stony Brook Medicine’s “iCARE” values:
• Integrity – We are honest and ethical in all our interactions.
• Compassion – We provide empathic care with attentive listening and affirmation.
• Accountability – We hold ourselves accountable to our community, to our organization and to each other for our performance and behaviors.
• Respect – We foster an environment of mutual respect and trust, embracing diversity in people and thinking.
• Excellence – We set the highest standards for safety, clinical outcomes and service.
In 2020, Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook Southampton were named “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation for 2020-2022. The HRC is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. Healthcare Equality Leader status is a competitive designation that requires facilities to meet strict criteria in five areas: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training; Patient Services and Support; Employee Benefits and Policies; Patient and Community Engagement; and Responsible Citizenship. Stony Brook gaining this designation demonstrates a commitment to provide high-quality, equitable care to all patients in Suffolk County.
A big part of providing culturally sensitive and equitable care is being aware of the healthcare needs and the unique aspects of a community. The Stony Brook Medicine Transgender Health Conference seeks to spread awareness and education about the healthcare needs and health disparities faced by transgender and gender diverse individuals.
Please join us to learn more about gender-affirming care, the latest on the research front, and how Stony Brook is addressing the needs of its campuses and surrounding community at this virtual conference on Friday, February 19, from 9 am to 1 pm, via Zoom.
The conference features experts from Stony Brook, Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities and is sponsored by a grant from the Stony Brook University Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives.
To learn more about LGBTQ* care at Stony Brook Medicine click here.