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LGBTQ Health Care

We would like to congratulate our 2024 Award Winners for Best Practices in LGBTQ care:

(Adopted September 2018)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) persons often have distinct health care needs, including higher rates of behavioral health concerns. Men who have sex with men and transgender people who have sex with men have a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. However, stigma and lack of training serve as barriers to consistent high-quality medical care and increase health disparities. The workgroup met from December 2017 to September 2018 to develop recommendations to align care delivery with existing evidence-based, culturally sensitive standard of care for LGBTQ people.

Implementation Tools

Watch the Washington State Medical Association in Partnership with Washington Patient Safety Coalition Health Equity Mini Series on our LGBTQ recommendations and LGBTQ care at Virginia Mason


Previous Meeting Materials

Date Materials
December 15 Agenda December 15
Department of Health LGBTQ Health Care Proposal
Bree Collaborative Process
January 3 Agenda January 3
Minutes December 15
LGBTQ Health Care Charter and Roster

End AIDS Washington One Pager
February 14 Agenda February 14
Minutes January 3
LGBTQ Health Care Charter and Roster
Draft LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
March 14 Agenda March 14
Minutes February 14
King County HIV Guidelines
Fenway Structural Changes
Department of Health Public Health Seattle King County PrEP Guidelines
Fenway SOGI Questions
Asking Essential Sexual Health Questions
LGBTQ Health Care Draft Recommendations
April 11 Agenda April 11
Meeting Minutes March 14
Draft LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
LGBTQ Health Care Crosswalk of Guideline
May 9 Agenda May 9
Draft minutes April 11
Draft LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
June 13 Agenda June 13
Meeting Minutes May 9
Draft LGBTQ Recommendation
September 12 Agenda September 12
Minutes June 13
Draft LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
Public Comments

Supporting Materials

Department of Health Letter Accepting LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
Health Care Authority Letter Accepting LGBTQ Health Care Recommendations
LGBTQ Health Care Workgroup Charter and Roster

Workgroup Members

Name Title Organization
Dan Lessler, MD, MHA (Chair) Chief Medical Officer Washington State Health Care Authority
Olivia Arakawa, MSN, CNM, ARNP, RN Parent Advocate
Scott Bertani Director of Policy Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Kathy Brown, MD Provider Kaiser Permanente
LuAnn Chen, MD, MHA, FAAFP Medical Director Community Health Plan of Washington
Michael Garrett, MS, CCM, CVE, NCP Principal Mercer
Chris Gaynor, MD, MA, FAAFP Family Practice Clinician Capitol Hill Medical
Matt Golden, MD Professor, Director, PHSKC STD Control Program University of Washington
Kevin Hatfield, MD Family Practice Clinician The Polyclinic
Corinne Heinen, MD Physician Lead, UW Transgender Clinical Pathway Department of Internal Medicine, Allergy & Infectious Disease, University of Washington
Tamara Jones End AIDS Washington Policy and Systems Coordinator Department of Health