In our mission to achieve health equity in Minnesota, we combat real and significant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer health disparities on many fronts through our advocacy, community education, and direct client services. For aging LGBTQ people and those living with HIV, there is no one Minnesota organization dedicated to their care—to address these unique needs, we’re excited to launch the third decennial Needs Assessment Survey.
The information gathered from this survey is essential in closing these gaps to provide statewide funding, people-power, and training opportunities to meet the unique needs of older LGBTQ people and those living with HIV. This year’s 46 question survey will identify what our community needs as we age and how that differs from cisgender, heterosexual aging populations.
Since 2002, this survey has helped us understand underlying healthcare disparities for aging LGBTQ people in the Twin Cities. This year, we’re proud to grow this work and include the entire state to comprehensively inform actionable change in Minnesota.
Over the past 20 years, there has been tremendous change both nationally and regionally in the visibility and social acceptance of LGBTQ people. However, 80% of LGBTQ elders still fear that their care providers will discriminate against them if they are out.
Everyone deserves to age as long as possible
with dignity, grace, and support.
Rainbow Health incorporated Training to Serve education programs into our training curriculum in 2018. Training to Serve has educated thousands of senior care service providers on how best to serve older LGBTQ people—Rainbow Health has expanded this curriculum to include elders who are living with HIV. Building on the legacy of community leaders and researchers, we reach over 500 older LGBTQ people and those living with HIV in Minnesota every 10 years to identify the health needs of our communities.
The 2022 Survey is underway, and we need your responses to continue making lasting changes that impact aging LGBTQ and HIV health equity right here in Minnesota.