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Wheeler Health Named "Top Performer" in Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Index

March 27, 2022

Today, Wheeler Health has received an evaluation of 95 out of 100 and the designation of "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer" in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 15th anniversary edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), the nation's foremost benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors, and employees. A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the 2022 HEI survey, and 251 of those earned an "LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer" designation. Of the 906 participants nationally, only 38 were federally qualified health centers.

"Wheeler Health has an unwavering commitment to providing compassionate, equitable care to the LGBTQ+ community, and this designation underscores our commitment," said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wheeler. "We strive to meet the unique health care needs of the LGBTQ+ community through a full continuum of integrated primary and behavioral health care services, as well as policies within our organization that acknowledge, affirm, and promote health and wellness among our LGBTQ+ clients, patients, and students. We also celebrate our diverse workforce by establishing inclusion opportunities for all staff to be seen, heard, and celebrated."

"Every person deserves to have access to quality healthcare, be respected and heard by their doctor, and feel safe in the facility where they are receiving care. But LGBTQ+ people are often subject to discrimination in all spaces, including healthcare facilities, which leads to members of the community avoiding care and anticipating our voices will not be respected in an incredibly vulnerable environment," said Tari Hanneman, Director of Health & Aging at The Human Rights Campaign. "The Healthcare Equality Index, at its core, strives to ensure LGBTQ+ people are protected and affirmed by their healthcare providers and feel safe seeking services. Our HEI active participants are truly pioneering the healthcare industry by implementing robust, comprehensive LGBTQ+ inclusive policies that hopefully, because of their work, will become standard practice."

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