Caring for the Stonewall Generation is the newest addition to our health equity work
We are launching new initiatives focused on advocacy and support for elders in the LGBTQ community as well as those who are aging with HIV or AIDS. Individuals commonly known as the Stonewall Generation, or those who were in their 20s and 30s at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, are now at retirement age in a healthcare environment that is not well equipped to deal with the lived experiences of openly LGBTQ people.
In November 2018, Rainbow Health incorporated Training to Serve education programs into its training curriculum. Since 2008, Training to Serve has educated thousands of senior care service providers on how best to serve older LGBTQ people. JustUs has expanded this curriculum to include issues facing elders who are living with HIV.
Rainbow Health is leading a community-informed plan to improve health equity for LGBTQ elders and people aging with HIV through four primary initiatives.
Building Community Connections:
Reduce isolation that contributes to worsening health problems by working to build stronger social community among and for older LGBTQ and HIV-positive people. We help to host community conversations related to aging, engage older members of the community to participate in events and hold events which raise money and awareness. Visit our events page to find out details for upcoming events.
Expanding Options for Quality Care:
Strengthen our training curriculum for community members and professional care providers to ensure LGBTQ and HIV-positive people have equitable access to a continuum of services for elders in their community. To learn more about our training opportunities or to schedule a training session for your organization, visit our training overview page.
Advocating for Public Policy:
Organize and amplify the voices of LGBTQ and HIV-positive older adults to advocate for fair and equitable public policy.
Direct Aging Services:
Work with older adults to identify and fill gaps related to their needs through the addition of services which will center on areas the marketplace is not adequately providing.
Each of the components of this initiative are designed with people like Sheryl in mind. In 2019, Rainbow Health met Sheryl, a lesbian and former schoolteacher who needed support that other agencies were not equipped to provide. After being notified her healthcare plan was being terminated, she turned to the MNSure Navigators at Rainbow Health to help find the best options, all while her true, authentic self was valued and respected.
Stories like Sheryl’s as well as the growth of community-affirming outcomes from serving older LGBTQ people are the focal point for expanding care to those people who are aging with HIV and the LGBTQ senior community for Rainbow Health.
How can you help?
There are many ways that people in our community can help us with our mission. Here are just a few of the simple things you can do: