On September 14, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) held their inaugural meeting for the 2016-17 academic year. It was a privilege to be their first speaker as students, faculty and staff gathered to hear about HRC’s work in Mississippi.
As an innovator in medicine, UMMC is one of the state’s largest employers and is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for employees, students and their patients.
Because of this commitment from administrators and with the influence of UMMC’s GSA, UMMC will join hundreds of other healthcare institutions across the country and join HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
The HEI is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2016 evaluated a total of 2,061 healthcare facilities nationwide.
HRC looks forward to working closely with UMMC as they strive to improve the healthcare experience and become an example to other healthcare institutions in Mississippi.
To learn more about HRC’s Health Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/HEI.