Improving Access to LGBTQIA+-Friendly Care in Rural Areas


Accessing high quality, inclusive, and affirming health care is a key component to maintaining good physical and mental health. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/agender (LGBTQIA+) individuals face many barriers to accessing health care, including lack of health insurance, a shortage of health care providers that are skilled in treating LGBTQIA+ patients, as well as stigma and discrimination in health care settings. Many rural LGBTQIA+ residents have the added challenge of finding a knowledgeable and affirming health care provider in areas with existing provider shortages and fewer providers available, compared with urban areas.

This case study series features two organizations that are working toward improving health care for rural LGBTQIA+ patients. These examples provide insights into how best to provide accessible and affirming health care for all.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Mariana Tuttle, Madeleine Pick, Robert Libal, Carrie Henning-Smith