UC Davis Health has a longstanding commitment to providing compassionate, high-quality and equitable care that honors each patient as an individual and meets their unique care needs. While we celebrate today’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court affirming civil rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community, other recent changes to federal policy have raised concerns about the health of transgender and non-binary communities nationally, so we stand ready to provide additional support should those changes compromise care for communities in our region. This is part of our deep commitment to the health needs of LGBTQ+ communities and has long been a part of who we are and what we do.
UC Davis was the first health system in the country to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) as standard demographic elements within electronic health records and these are key to reducing health disparities in the LGBTQ+ communities. UC Davis School of Medicine’s Gender and Sexual Diversity student interest group and the UC Davis Health PRIDE employee resource group ensures full participation of LGBTQ+ learners, staff, faculty and patients at the health system and in the community. And our Vice Chancellor’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council consistently recommends new ways we can assess, plan, develop, implement, improve and refine efforts toward meaningful LGBTQ+ initiatives within UC Davis Health. It is our goal not to let recent federal changes impact the care we provide to all individuals. For nine consecutive years, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation — the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people — has recognized UC Davis Medical Center as a national leader for advancing LGBTQ+ equity among its patients and employees.
We believe every person, inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, background and ability to pay, deserves the best quality health care and we will continue to make that available to everyone, even if today’s SCOTUS ruling does not render the recent federal policy changes moot.