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Celebrating Pride Month and Advancing Inclusive Healthcare

Happy Pride Month 2024Pride Month is recognized annually in June to remember the events that transpired in New York City at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Since then, Pride Month has evolved into a time of reflection, celebration, and civic engagement. It reminds us of the progress made in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and healthcare. However, even as we celebrate these milestones, it’s crucial to recognize that the LGBTQ+ community still faces significant health disparities.

Despite the strides made in LGBTQ+ rights, health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals continue to fall behind those of their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Discrimination, stigma, and lack of access to inclusive healthcare services contribute to these disparities. LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience mental health issues, substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections, among other health concerns.

Addressing these disparities requires a concerted effort from healthcare providers to create safe, affirming, and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ patients. Care Resource exemplifies this commitment as a 2024 high performer in the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). This recognition acknowledges their dedication to offering inclusive and accessible LGBTQ+ patient care services and ensuring foundational non-discriminatory practices.

Care Resource offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services tailored to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community. These include services ranging from primary medical and dental care to behavioral health and HIV prevention options like PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis). Additional programs like Project sTrenGth focus on providing support and timely access to inclusive and safe healthcare services for the transgender and gender-diverse community.

By providing competent and compassionate care, Care Resource helps to bridge the gap in inclusive healthcare and improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals. Through continued advocacy, education, and support, we can ensure that all members of the LGBTQ+ community receive the quality healthcare they deserve, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

About Care Resource: Care Resource is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Midtown Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. The health center provides comprehensive health and support services to address the total healthcare needs of South Florida’s pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations.

For media inquiries, please contact Jonathan Welsh, Associate Director of Communications and Development at jwelsh@careresource.org.

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