Morehouse School of Medicine created an MSM Alliance, formed a Diversity Committee and changed the Equal Employment Opportunity policy to include gender identity and expression. The Medical College of Georgia hosted a Come Out for Health Week, infused LGBTQ focused health disparities into the curriculum for sponsored summer programs and facilitated a workshop on providing LGBTQ inclusive care for the Department of Family Medicine. These are just a few of the successful initiatives that the two institutions have implemented. These strategies may be applicable to most Academic Health Centers because they involve advocacy, mentoring, fulfillment of LCME requirements, training and awareness-raising activities. The poster also shares advice regarding lessons learned, both positive and negative, for other institutions to keep in mind during their own strategic planning and implementation of initiatives for creating a more inclusive institutional climate. It is hoped that by continuing the conversation by sharing lessons learned and best practices related to such an important and timely topic, that Academic Health Centers can help each other create a more inclusive climate within medical education that will extend beyond the doors of our institutions to help reduce health disparities within the LGBTQ community.
The goals of this collaboration were to create an inclusive institutional climate for the LGBTQ community and share best practices in a continued to discussion to help other institutions also implement initiatives aimed at creating inclusive environments.
KeywordsHealth Equity Research, Diversity, Cultural Competency, LGBTQ, Institutional Climate Change, Inclusive Environment, Historically Black College & University (HBCU)
Alexis L. Rossi, MEd, MA, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, RN, CSE, Morehouse School of Medicine
Lore Dickey, PhD, University of Southern Mississippi
Folashade Omole, MD, FAAFP, CPEHR, Morehouse School of Medicine
Kimberly Vess Halbur, EdD, MA, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
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