Baligh Yehia, Daily Pennsylvanian, LGBT Health Care

from News at on October 30, 2014 at 12:39PM

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine and LDI Senior Fellow Baligh Yehia is prominently featured in a Daily Pennsylvanian article about the Penn Medicine’s highly rated program for LGBT health.

In its latest annual LGBT Health Equity Index Report,
Human Rights Campaign
(HRC), the country’s largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group, named all four of Penn’s hospitals "Healthcare Equity Leaders."

Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP, is Director of the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health.

Launched in 2007, the HRC’s Health Equity Index project evaluates hospitals across the country for their sensitivity and service to LGBT patients. This year, 1,507 provider organizations were evaluated, with 28% of them earning "Healthcare Equity Leader" status.

‘Exceptional Support’
Penn hospitals were cited for exceptional support and care for LGBT patients and families.

Earlier this year, to further focus its services for this population, Penn launched the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP, is its director.

"Since its inception, the program has increased the number of opportunities to learn about LGBT health via lectures, invited talks, panel discussions and distribution of resources," Yehia told the Daily Pennsylvanian. "We serve as a nexus on the health campus [and] bring together inter-professional groups to improve LGBT care, education and research."

Beyond Penn
Beyond Penn, the HRC’s 2014 Healthcare Equity Index points out that, "It’s not all good news. In our research we looked at the policies of the largest hospitals in all 50 states as well as 50 metro areas nationwide with the highest LGBT populations… many hospitals have a long way to go toward true inclusion — despite the fact that many LGBT-inclusive policies are now required for accreditation and mandated by federal regulation."

The report notes that 48 states have at least one health care provider organization ranked as a Healthcare Equity Leader. Idaho and North Dakota have none.