Pride in Identity and Quality Health Care
Pride Month in June is a time to celebrate and unapologetically embrace your true self. For those who may not celebrate it themselves, the time is always right to champion loved ones and friends who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, support LGBTQIA+ organizations, work to educate others on key issues, and continue to rally behind the message of equality for all.
But observing the above is not limited to one month alone – pride is something to celebrate and fight for year-round. In health care, each day presents providers with the critical opportunity to eliminate discrepancies among the quality of health care provided to LGBTQIA+ patients.
In 2020 alone, one third of LGBTQ+ Americans reported they had experienced discrimination based on their identity, with 50% sharing such discrimination occurred in public. The impact of such treatment toward those who identify as LGBTQ+ can lead millions of individuals to experience mental health struggles each year.
In the long term, individuals who are struggling with their mental health may experience anxiety, depression, eating disorders, or substance abuse. These issues can lead to poor physical health and cause prolonged issues for the LGBTQIA+ community, who are already less likely to have access to health insurance. These individuals may also be less likely to seek treatment for health care issues due to fear of stigmatization or discrimination.
PAM Health (PAM) is committed to aiding those who may be struggling through their identity journey through the high-quality services we provide our patients. Additionally, PAM remains determined to serve the LGBTQIA+ population across all levels of care. With comprehensive wound care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, inpatient and outpatient programs or any of the high-quality services we provide our patients, PAM strives to provide meaningful improvement and recovery assistance to all people with injuries, illness and disabilities.
About PAM Health, LLC
PAM, based in Enola, Pennsylvania, provides post-acute healthcare services through more than 50 long-term acute care hospitals and medical rehabilitation hospitals, including several under development, as well as 18 outpatient physical therapy locations, in 13 states. PAM is committed to providing high-quality patient care and outstanding customer service, coupled with loyalty and dedication of highly trained staff, to be the most trusted source for post-acute services in every community it serves. Its mission is to serve people by providing compassionate, expert care and to support recovery through education and research.