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Addressing the Disproportionate Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Gender Minority Populations in the United States: Actions Toward Equity

Phillips II, G., Felt, D., Ruprecht, M. M., Wang, X., Xu, J., Perez-Bill, E., Bangarol, R. M., Roth, J., Curry, C. W., Beach, B. L.

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Policy Change/ Development
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Outside U.S.

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This article provides insight and recommendations into how providers and healthcare systems can address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on sexual and gender minority groups by ensuring equitable treatment. Sexual and gender minority populations are an underserved and marginalized demographic that could be affected disproportionately by the social, psychological, financial, physiological, and mental health impacts of COVID-19. The authors provide steps for equitable treatment by healthcare staff, which include: (1) maintain and increase cultural responsiveness training and preparedness for SGM populations, (2) increase use of sexual orientation and gender identity measures in surveillance, (3) conduct research on the impacts of COVID-19 on SGM populations, and (4) include equity-focused initiatives in disaster preparedness plans. These actions toward equity would begin to allow for our current health system to care more appropriately for SGM populations.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Persons

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