News release from Denise Spivak of Women in Network:
The Tri-County LBT Women's Health Initiative funded by the Aqua Foundation for Women, has developed an on-line, searchable data base directory. The Initiative provides necessary tools for LBT health consumers to access healthcare without fear and social stigma by accessing culturally competent providers.
"Aqua Foundation for Women chose the Pride Center because of their standing in the community, dedicated management team and well thought out plan for creating the directory," says Robin Schwartz, Executive Director of Aqua Foundation for Women.
The Initiative represents a true community collaboration. The program has been spearheaded by the Pride Center, Women in Network (WIN), BLAST and Sun Serve to develop, organize and market the resource.
"It’s been an honor to help organize this tri-county effort to provide this vital support resource for women's health," says Kristofer Fegenbush, Deputy Director of the Pride Center. "We're collaborating with dynamic groups and leaders who have dedicated years of energy, passion and service to the health of LBT women. All of us are committed to improving access to healthcare for women. We all are thankful to Aqua for backing this vision with their dollars."
The on-line directory contains over 300 health care practitioners in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, including gynecologists, primary care physicians, and mental health professionals who work with LBT women patients. The Initiative established a vetting process to ensure that providers demonstrate standards of evident cultural competency. The user- friendly online directory also includes information on insurance accepted by providers, and free and low-cost health providers.
“This directory is a vital need within the LBT women’s community,” according to Denise Spivak, President of Women in Network. “LBT women so often do not seek out medical care, for reasons that include discrimination, lack of understanding and lack of insurance. Having a resource that says to the community ‘these medical professionals understand and will treat you with care and respect’ speaks volumes and, hopefully, will make a profound difference in the way that LBT women view health care.”
The Initiative has created a comprehensive and inclusive marketing plan to reach LBT women throughout South Florida to learn about and utilize the directory--including women who may not regularly access LBT publications, social groups, businesses or organizations.
"The creation of a health directory for LBT women has been discussed for many, many years in our community," says Schwartz. "Aqua Foundation for Women is proud to lead the charge to get it done and provide funding for this important work. The Pride Center along with WIN, Sun Serve and Blast is the perfect collaboration to make this project a success. There is no doubt having access to the information provided in the directory will save lives."
To visit the new directory or to submit your favorite LBT friendly doctor please visit www.LBThealth.org and start your search.