Welcome to Lavender Health!

Just Published – Early View!

Patti R. Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN, is the author of “Improving Nursing Care for Lesbian, Bixesual and Transgender Women” just published in JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 00(00), 1-11. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12477.  It is not yet in print, but it is available for Early View on the Wiley Web site.  Dr. Zuzelo is a clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Interested in participating in a research study?

The purpose of this study is to collect information about LGBT people’s confidence in dealing with healthcare providers and skills accessing health information. The first page of the survey describes the study in more detail, but it takes 15-20 minutes to complete and you can enter to win a $25 gift card.


Affordable Care Act options always open!

LGBTQ people and families still need coverage, and you may qualify for a special enrollment period. To qualify for a special enrollment period, one of the following must apply to you:

  • You have a qualifying life event like getting married, having a baby, moving to a new area, or losing other health coverage.
  • You have a complex situation related to applying for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Learn more about these special circumstances.  One of the special circumstances is “misinformation!”  If you tried to get information about your options during the open enrollment period, and received misleading or wrong information, you may quality now!  If you think this may be the case, go online or call now to check it out! www.healthcare.gov, 1-800-318-2596

Learn more about both ways to qualify for a special enrollment period.

ACA Resources for LGBT individuals and families!

There are a number of LGBT-specific resources available related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Here are two web site to learn more:

Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Health Care Plans is published by “Strong Families” and a host of LGBT partner groups. This guide provides information to help :

  • Evaluate your healthcare needs,
  • Navigate new insurance options and
  • Choose the best plan based on needs of LGBT families.

Out2Enroll is another resource specifically for LGBT individuals and families, offering guidance and assistance to get medical insurance coverage.  Here is their infographic showing why this is, indeed, a major LGBT issue!


Featured Video

“To treat me you have to know who I am”

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

2 Responses to Welcome to Lavender Health!

  1. Lynn rew says:

    I am a registered nurse faculty member at a major university. I am straight, married for 51 years. This summer I want to share this video in a summer research institute that focuses on diversity and health research for underserved populations. Thank you for making a beautiful video.

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