OptumHealth Education has co-created a free, publicly available and accredited program to educate healthcare professionals on the LGBTQ community’s specific care needs.
The series of virtual lessons from Optum and OutCare Health, a national not-for-profit LGBTQ health equity organization, are meant to help providers build and promote a more affirming and supportive healthcare environment for LGBTQ people.
This program is a large part of UnitedHealth Group’s commitment to advancing health equity, said Amy Nguyen Howell, Optum senior national medical director, Office for Provider Advancement.
“We hope that through increased provider education, awareness and understanding blind spots and implicit bias, we can lower social stigma, decrease discrimination and really improve health disparities for the LGBTQ community,” Nguyen Howell said.
In the U.S., 12% of LGBTQ respondents report having