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LGBTQ Health

AtlantiCare is committed to providing respectful and compassionate health care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) patients. We aim to meet the unique needs of each patient regardless of sexual or gender orientation.

As part of AtlantiCare's Commitment to Diversity, we provide training and resources to staff, and engage both community and staff in identifying opportunities and concerns. Members of our clinical team receive annual training on the special healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community.

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LGBTQ Health Survey

Your healthcare needs are important to us.  Please a few minutes to share your needs and experiences with us by completing this brief survey (link below).  Your responses are totally anonymous.

LGBTQ Health Survey


HIV & PrEP

We offer onsite Rapid HIV Testing and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) counseling for patients considered high risk for contracting HIV at our Infectious Disease Clinic in Atlantic City.

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Understanding the need

LGBTQ individuals experience disparity in the prevalence of certain physical and mental health concerns, and in receiving care, due to a variety of factors including stigma, ignorance of, and insensitivity to their unique needs. These disparities include the following:

  • Less access to insurance and health care services, including preventive care (such as cancer screenings).
  • Lower overall health status.
  • Higher rates of smoking, alcohol, and substance abuse.
  • Higher risk for mental health illnesses, such as anxiety and depression
  • Higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Increased incidence of some cancers
  • Studies suggest that the cause of these disparities is a lack of environmental and community supports, and not biological predisposition.

Source: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family- Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide – The Joint Commission

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Promoting Respect Individuality Diversity and Equality at AtlantiCare (PRIDE)

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AtlantiCare embraces its strategic commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 2010, we began to formalize our approach to this most valuable piece of the puzzle. Since then, our diversity and inclusion initiatives have consisted of multi-faceted approaches to ensure alignment with our organizational vision and Performance Excellence Commitments.

To help address these issues, AtlantiCare formed seven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including PRIDE (Promoting Respect Individuality Diversity and Equality at AtlantiCare), which focuses on issues affecting the LGBTQ population, both within AtlantiCare and in the communities we serve. 

Our PRIDE group has spearheaded work to revise policies and procedures impacting staff and patients, leading to to ARMC's designation as an HEI Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for five consecutive years. PRIDE has also helped to implement annual training programs for AtlantiCare staff and providers.

The group has also coordinated community focus group sessions to obtain LGBTQ community feedback on delivery of care and seated an LGBTQ community member to the ARMC Patient Advisory Council.

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Patient Education Materials

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Community Engagement

pride-boardwalkIn the five years since its creation, AtlantiCare's PRIDE group has ...

  • Created an "It Gets Better Video" in support of LGBT youth. Video posted on It Gets Better website
  • Participation in numerous AtlantiCare and community health fairs
  • Participation in numerous AtlantiCare and community career fairs
  • Created external "Meet-Up" social group for Healthcare LGBT professionals and allies
  • Participation in Stand-OUT Expo in Atlantic City, supporting awareness of LGBT community

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