Friends Hospital to host the Philadelphia LGBTQI Health Care Symposium

Philadelphia, PA—May 17, 2016—Friends Hospital, the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital, will host The Philadelphia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Health Care Symposium on June 1, 2016, Wednesday, from 8 a.m. 3 p.m. in the Scattergood Auditorium at 4641 Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia. To view the agenda, click here.

This one-day symposium coincides with the national celebration of Pride Month in June and will gather local and national experts on LGBTQI health and mental health care, as well as public health and policy experts on LGBTQI health issues. This symposium aims to further advance LGBTQI person-centered healthcare in today’s hospitals and mental health care settings. Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry serves as a co-sponsor for this exciting symposium and the Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and The Scattergood Foundation are supporting organizations.

In 2016, Friends Hospital is one of a select group of healthcare facilities in the U.S. to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members. The honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

Participation in this event is by invitation only.