Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative at HMS

workGoal 1 & Goal 2

What is it?

In the fall of 2018, Harvard Medical School launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative. The initiative includes students, faculty, and staff at HMS. The initiative features a three-year plan to amend the core M.D. curriculum so that all students and faculty clinicians can become exceptionally well equipped to provide high-quality, holistic health care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages.

What goal(s) does it connect to?  

Goal 1: Recruitment, Retention, and Development Practices for Excellence

  • Goal 1.1: Inclusive Excellence

Goal 2: Academic, Professional, and Social Integration

  • Goal 2.1: Academic and Professional Excellence
  • Goal 2.2: Responsive curricula
  • Goal 2.4: Improved mentoring

Why is it important?

This initiative grew out of a collective effort and multi-person realization that health care was not easily accessible for transgendered people, but more generally for those a part of the LGBTQ community. Its goal is to provide “high-quality, holistic health care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages”, pledging to change the culture in hospitals and medical cabinets, ensuring medical practitioners can treat all patients equally and knowledgably.

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