UofL building database of LGBTQ-friendly health care providers

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 7:45 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville's LGBT Center is building a database of health care providers who are sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ patients.

Doctors have learned that members of the LGBTQ community often avoid the health care system because they've experienced discrimination in the past.

"The community needs more health care providers who fully understand what it means to be affirming to members of the LGBTQ community, and we need a way to let the community know how to find them," said Stacie Steinbock, director of the Health Sciences Center satellite office of the UofL LGBT Center.

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On Monday, September 12, UofL's LGBT Center will host a LGBTQ Health Summit to provide training for health care providers. They will also be able to join the web-based network that serves as a resource for patients.

The LGBTQ Health Summit will include workshops led by Jennifer Potter, M.D., who is an advisory dean and director of the Castle Society at Harvard Medical School and an international expert on LGBTQ and women's health.

>> VIDEO: UofL officials discuss physician database and LGBTQ Health Summit

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. on September 12 at the UofL School of Medicine. Click here to register.

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