2020 SACAD Entrants

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Empirical- Graduate


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals face obstacles in accessing healthcare services due to previous experiences both within and outside of healthcare (Hafeez, Zeshan, Tahir, Jahan, & Naveed, 2017; Macapagal, Bhatia, & Green, 2016). Healthy People 2020 (2018) identified LGBTQ people as a vulnerable population susceptible to poor health outcomes. Support of the LGBTQ community is imperative. Low healthcare literacy can be one contributing factor to unwillingness to access services (Alencar-Albuquerque et al., 2016). The purpose of this project was to translate research into action, and address lack of support of LGBTQ individuals in regards to healthcare access. Support topics were identified via a health equity survey and were discussed during campus Gender and Sexuality Alliance meetings to improve support resources for LGBTQ students on a Midwestern University campus. Ultimately, the goal is that by removing barriers to care for members of the LGBTQ community, health outcomes will be improved. Keywords: LGBTQ, healthcare, access to care, health disparities


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