LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month at UI Health holds profound significance as it serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality, dignity, and acceptance for LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide and within our hospital and health system.

By prioritizing LGBTQ+ inclusion at UI Health, we strive to create environments that are welcoming, affirming, and respectful of diverse identities and experiences. LGBTQ+ inclusion in our healthcare system ensures that, primarily, individuals feel safe and comfortable seeking medical care without fear of discrimination or mistreatment. This fosters trust between patients and healthcare providers, improving communication, treatment plan adherence, and overall health outcomes. Secondly, LGBTQ+ inclusion promotes the provision of culturally competent care that acknowledges the unique healthcare needs and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals.

UI Health has a long history of pioneering initiative in the LGBTQ+ community. We were among the first universities in the country to offer a student health insurance plan that granted access to gender-affirming services, demonstrating our dedication to inclusive care. Due to the extraordinary work done by our hospital professionals, UI Health has been recognized as an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality High Performer” by the Human Rights Campaign's 2024 Health Equality Index (HEI).

Prepare to be inspired as we delve into a captivating conversation to celebrate Pride Month, “Out at the Office: A Panel Discussion,” hosted by IMD PRIDE. IMD PRIDE is a coalition dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ healthcare professionals within the Illinois Medical District, which includes Rush, Cook County, Jesse Brown Veteran Administration Medical Center, and UI Health. Through personal anecdotes and expert insights, the panelists will unveil strategies and tips for nurturing and sustaining an inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals within healthcare.

At UI Health, we are steadfast in our commitment to enhancing the health outcomes of LGBTQ+ patients. We take pride in acknowledging the pivotal role played by our LGBTQ+ Patient Navigator, Carl Johnson, LCSW, who tirelessly addresses patient concerns and advocates for systemic changes within our health system to mitigate the health disparities faced by LGBTQ+ individuals.

By celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month at UI Health, we honor the progress made and recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of creating a more just and equitable society for all.