STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine on Monday announced a new survey to help LGBTQ individuals receive better health care.
Disparities are no uncommon when it comes to health care and the LGBTQ community says Dr. Allison Eliscu, of Stony Brook University.
“We think it's very important because it gives the LGBTQ community here on Long Island a chance to make their voice heard and really feel empowered in their own care,” she said.
She says the survey has been in the works for a year and a half and is hoping that it can now help to change health care for the community, not only on Long Island, but nationally, as well.
“This survey, we’re hoping, will give us a chance to really understand a little bit about the community here, even just basic so the population how many people involved what healthcare needs they may feel a need in our might be lacking in our area but disparities may be present here,” she said.
The disparities may include lack of health insurance, or having a bad experience at a medical facility in the past, which can cause someone within the community to not go to a doctor.
“Chronic illnesses, things like asthma or cardiovascular disease, are higher in individuals who identify as LGBTQ. Mental health issues are extremely high in this population… individuals who identify as LGBTQ are two and a half times more likely on average to struggle with depression or anxiety,” Dr. Eliscu said.
The results of the survey will be released in the fall.