The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training. The Coalition addresses the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, and geography. The Coalition is led by HealthHIV, a national nonprofit focused on health equity.
To read the brochure on the National Coalition for LGBT Health, click here.
Mission & Values
The Coalition seeks to:
- Change public and private sector policies, laws, and regulation regarding LGBT health and related issues;
- Increase resources to expand culturally competent health and social services delivery to a diverse and inclusive LGBT population; and
- Build and disseminate knowledge regarding LGBT population's health status, access to and utilization of health care and other health related information.
The Coalition values:
- Eliminating health disparities that occur based on sexual orientation, gender identity and presentation, gender, race/ethnicity, education or income, disability, nationality, geographic location and age
- Deriving its power and legitimacy from its membership and is committed to working on partnerships and consultation with it's members in carrying out its work
The National Coalition for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities. Our diverse membership includes health departments, health centers, hospital systems, non-profits, advocacy organizations, health care providers, and others. The Coalition's critical mission includes public education, coalition building and advocacy. This mission is driven by research and aggregation of information necessary to document and advance the health care needs of LGBT Americans and augmented through capacity building for our members and partners. HealthHIV manages and leads the Coalition.
We celebrate the dedication and resiliency of the LGBT community, its organizations and allies who have achieved and accomplished significant progress throughout the Coalition's 15-year existence. Even with social acceptance, increased legal protections, and improved funding for LGBT specific health services, training programs, and research, much work remains to be completed.
The Coalition is committed to improving public and private sector policies, laws, and regulations regarding
LGBT health and related issues. We are dedicated to increasing resources to expand culturally competent health care and social services delivery to a diverse and inclusive LGBT population. The Coalition also develops and disseminates comprehensive knowledge regarding LGBT health status, access to and utilization of health care and other health related information.
In an effort to achieve these aforementioned goals, and ultimately realize health parity, the National Coalition for LGBT Health implements an advocacy agenda that focuses on Access, Action, and Accountability.
- Employment, coverage, and care: To access quality coverage and care, LGBT individuals need access to employment and insurance without fear of termination or rejection due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Resources: Federal budget cuts and sequestration have adversely affected many of our member organizations. The Coalition advocates for resources to effectively research and accumulate LGBT health data and best practices. Additional resources also enable our members to deliver quality coverage by building the capacities of Departments of Health and Community Health Clinics.
- Providers: LGBT individuals deserve access to quality health care. The Coalition holds provider organizations accountable for LGBT patient cultural competency outlined in the Healthcare Equality Index benchmark metrics and CMS and Joint Commission standards on LGBT patient care.
- Patients: The Coalition seeks to empower LGBT health consumers to hold their health providers, insurance companies, employers, and other institutions accountable for LGBT health cultural competency.
- Governments: The Coalition mobilizes the LGBT community to hold federal, state, and local governments accountable in an effort to change policies that inhibit the achievement of LGBT health equity.
- Education: The Coalition fosters an environment for our members to share resources and information internally among members and externally to the general public in an effort to educate patients and providers.
- Mobilization: The Coalition mobilizes members of LGBT communities to actively change public and private sector policies and perceptions that inhibit health equity. This includes incorporation of LGBT health equity into organizational missions, values, and goals.
Join the Coalition
The National Coalition for LGBT Health welcomes your interest in membership. Our coalition will be meeting in the spring of 2015 in Washington, DC, and looks forward to your participation.
We are dedicated to effecting change by bringing together the rich diversity of the LGBT community at a national level - across gender/gender identity, race/ethnicity, disability, education, income, age, and geography. If you or your organization would like to join us in the effort to improve LGBT health and wellbeing, please click here to complete the registration form.