New Jersey’s first LGBT community healthcare conference scheduled

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Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ

The LGBT community is encouraged to attend a conference on LGBT healthcare in Bridgewater on October 6, 2017. The free conference is designed say organizers to help you to learn about how to access the medical care you need under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health is planning the conference in conjunction with several other organizations.

RWJ Barnabas Health, and Garden State Equality will host the day at Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 State Route 28, Bridgewater from 8 am to 3 pm.

“We recognize that LGBT individuals often face challenges when accessing the health care services they need, which impacts their overall health,” said Tony Cava, president, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, which offers primary care services to the LGBT community. “Through this conference, we hope to make them more aware of laws regarding health care access, insurance coverage and resources to help them take care of their health.”

Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino
Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino

“Health care is a big concern for members of the LGBT community, who often experience stigma, discrimination and outright denial of care because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality. “We are proud to partner with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset to present this first-ever conference focused on educating LGBT individuals about their rights to empower them to get the health care they need.”

The keynote speaker, Christina Ho, professor of law at Rutgers University, Newark Campus, will discuss health care coverage for LGBT individuals. Other topics will include LGBT legal rights, intersectionality (the overlapping of different forms of discrimination), federal support services available to the LGBT community and the unique concerns of LGBT seniors pertaining to health care.

The hospital corporation will offer free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. Vendor displays from LGBT friendly health care providers will be available. The conference is sponsored by Sanofi Foundation for North America through a grant.

Organizers stress that you need to register by calling 888-637-9584.