This past weekend, the Grand Rounds team proudly marched in the 46th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade. As first-time participants, we had an amazing turnout of employees and loved ones and are already looking forward to next year. This was a special opportunity to celebrate the community we live and work in — we joined other local businesses to show our support and to represent our mission of providing everyone with access to high-quality health care.
LGBT Pride Month celebrates diversity and visibility, honors the rich history of the community, and highlights efforts to end the many inequalities LGBT people experience every day. In the weeks following the tragic shooting in Orlando, our hearts ached for the victims’ families and for so many people — particularly within the LGBT community — who are left scared. But this was also an incredible call to action to support this community and to march in unity, despite any fears. It’s an honor to work with such a compassionate team that showed up in full force to march in support of love and equality!
Commitment to High-Quality Health Care for All
The theme of this year’s parade was For Racial and Economic Justice, which shares many of the challenges driving health care disparities in the U.S. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, members of the LGBT community often have difficulty accessing affordable care and even experience certain illnesses at higher rates than heterosexual individuals. A 2013 survey found that among LGBT individuals estimated to have incomes under 400% of the federal poverty level (FPL), almost four in ten had medical debt and more than four in ten reported postponing medical care due to costs.1 The cost of medical care can be a major setback, but even people with medical insurance often face discrimination. Many LGBT individuals also reported negative experiences when seeking care, ranging from disrespectful treatment from providers and staff to providers’ lack of awareness of their specific health care needs.2
Working for Grand Rounds provides me with hope for fixing a broken system, and I’m continually inspired by the progress we’re making around high-quality, patient-centric care. We are here to fiercely advocate for our patients and to ensure they are receiving the best possible care when they need it most. An example of our work specifically around LGBT health care: earlier this year, we hosted a roundtable discussion with benefits executives and leading Grand Rounds-endorsed clinical experts around important health issues impacting transgender employees and/or their transgender children.
Grand Rounds is committed to equality and an inclusive workplace.
- Laura E. Durso et al. “LGBT Communities and the Affordable Care Act,” https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/LGBT-ACAsurvey-brief1.pdf Center for American Progress, October 2013
- Jen Kates et al. “Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals in the U.S.” http://files.kff.org/attachment/Health-and-Access-to-Care-and-Coverage-for-LGBT-Individuals-in-the-US Kaiser Family Foundation, June, 2016