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Transgender Conference Educates Community, Focuses on Unmet Needs  

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Members of the transgender community gathered en masse for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to connect on several key issues, from employment opportunities and best practices to understanding the current legal status of key rights, such as the ability to self-identify or change names.

The Center for Transgender Care at Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell kicked off Transgender Week by hosting the third annual Long Island, Transgender, Gender Non-Confirming, Non-Binary (TGNCNB) Conference on November 14 at Hofstra University. More than 100 participants attended the conference, which was supported by the Northwell Health Transgender Community Advisory Board and an ongoing contribution for transgender education from Steven and Stacy Hoffman.

“Northwell has treated more than 1,200 transgender individuals across Long Island since we began the Center for Transgender Care,” said David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, medical director of the LGBT Health/Transgender Program at Northwell Health. “Their needs are physical, mental and social, so it is essential that we create partnerships with community organizations who serve this community. This conference is created for, and by, the community here in Long Island.”

This year’s conference focused on medical care, social support and addressing unmet needs on Long Island for TGNCNB individuals both in adolescence and adulthood, as well as their parents and children. Educational workshops focused on community agencies and their services and highlighted topics regarding legal name change, an introduction to transgender vocabulary, health and wellness, loving yourself, positive parenting of gender expansive youth, physical fitness, education on assisting a transgender child post-COVID-19 and employment challenges and strategies in the trans community.

“This conference brought together medical providers from Northwell Health, community based organizations and our patients and their families to speak about issues of importance for Transgender Care in Long Island,” said Sundeep Boparai, MHA, operations manager for Northwell’s LGBT Transgender Program.

Several community-based organizations took part: LGBT Network, Pride for Youth, Transgender Legal Defense Fund, Camp Ga’avah, PFLAG Long Island, Thursday’s Child, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, The Out Foundation, Changing the Game and the NY Transgender Bodybuilding Federation.

The event also took time to commemorate the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is November 20. In 2021 alone, at least 46 individuals nationwide have been killed due to transgender violence.

“Trans folxs are regular people, and like each and every one of us, they need the same health care and family support,” Dr. Rosenthal said. “We cannot tolerate discrimination and hatred against people living their authentic lives.”

The Center for Transgender Care can be reached at or 516-622-5195.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 77,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Jason Molinet


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New Consumer Research Shows 1 in 4 Patients Concerned About Discrimination in Healthcare

Shared Traits Common Between Patients and Providers

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HealthSparq, a healthcare guidance and transparency company, today announced new consumer research on how discrimination shapes healthcare interactions and provider selection. The survey found one in four people are very or extremely concerned about discrimination in healthcare due to their race or the language they speak. These and other survey findings highlight the unique opportunity health plans have to address system inequities by helping patients find providers they trust.

Notable findings include:

  • Nearly half of people who identify as LGBTQ feel they have been discriminated against based on sexual orientation.
  • Among African Americans who have experienced discrimination, 77% feel it was due to their ethnicity or race.
  • Shared traits are extremely common between patients and providers: two-thirds of respondents reported having a doctor of the same gender. Shared race is also frequent.
  • When selecting providers, location and gender are more important when it comes to choosing a PCP, while specialization, experience, affiliation, and education/training are more important when choosing a specialist.

Discrimination not only impacts the care people seek, but being discriminated against drives them to take action. When faced with discrimination, 61% report switching providers, 21% discuss the discrimination with someone else at the provider’s office, and 7% change insurance coverage.

“Both data and personal stories continue to underscore that healthcare isn’t equitable in this country. Factors such as race, income, and zip code result in lower quality healthcare and outcomes,” said Mark Menton, General Manager of HealthSparq. “With this survey, we wanted to find out what’s most important for people in historically underrepresented groups as they navigate healthcare and choose providers. We found that people often seek providers they share traits with, like common language, gender and race. In fact, shared traits seem to be a powerful indicator of the patient-provider relationship. About half of consumers feel that having shared traits with their healthcare providers assures better care and more open discussion.”

The survey revealed what people look for when selecting care, which coupled with findings related to discrimination, present an opportunity to help connect patients with the providers they want most. In addition to shared traits, respondents reported a variety of characteristics important when researching providers or selecting a new provider, with quality of care at the top of the list, followed by education, ratings/reviews, specialization in age/condition, and treatment philosophy.

Six in ten respondents report using their health insurance plan’s website to gather information on providers, which underscores the important role health plans have in facilitating trusting relationships between patients and providers. By offering more robust provider information in their online directories, health plans can enable individuals to self-select a provider who they share traits with and can trust. While sharing more detailed provider information will not solve decades of unequal access to care and discrimination, it is one step in the right direction to improving access and outcomes.

To download the full report, visit:

About HealthSparq

At HealthSparq, we help people make smarter healthcare choices by partnering with health plans to share cost and quality information about doctors, hospitals, medical services, and medications. Serving more than 80 million members across the country, we put people at the core of everything we do by conducting continuous usability testing, turning consumer research into product innovations, hosting industry panels featuring everyday people, and bringing human stories to the forefront through our #WTFix campaign. Using these insights, we create solutions to help people understand and navigate the healthcare system better than ever before.

Born inside a health plan in Portland, OR, we’ve been growing since our 2012 corporate founding. In 2021, we became part of Kyruus, the leader in provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems, to pursue a shared vision of connecting people to the right care. Contact us at or tweet us @HealthSparq.


Kara McCrudden

Aria Marketing for HealthSparq


26Health Announces New Board Leadership

New chairperson will enhance board’s focus on empowering historically marginalized communities and utilizing proven nonprofit strategies

ORLANDO, Fla., July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — 26Health today announced a new chairperson of the board, Chevalier Lovett. Lovett is the COO of Florida Rising, leading a team that organizes multi-racial movements to win elections, change laws, and create a better Florida.

Mr. Lovett has been vice chair of the board, which is designed to reflect the 26Health patient population and ensure accountability for 26Health’s services, spending, and management. 26Health has earned the Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar in part due to board leadership of the organization.

26Health expanded to all areas of primary care including pediatric care, women’s health, men’s health, and also additional support in the form of telehealth and low-cost prepaid health plans.
26Health expanded to all areas of primary care including pediatric care, women’s health, men’s health, and also additional support in the form of telehealth and low-cost prepaid health plans.

“I am humbled to be trusted in such a crucial role as the next board chair for 26Health. Over the past three years as a board member, I’ve seen the growth of the organization and the intentional care they provide for every letter of the community. My aim is to offer a perspective that will deepen the organization’s connection to underserved patients of all backgrounds in Central Florida. As a non-profit leader, I’m looking forward to partnering with the Co-CEOs and others on the board to continue the process of the building of the board and it’s reflective representation. My hope is that over the next two years, we are able to uplift sustainable, strategic, and transformational opportunities,” said Lovett.

Lovett replaces outgoing chairperson Brit Brennan, who will become chairperson emeritus.

“I truly cannot thank everyone for the opportunity to have served our community and the organization as Chairperson for the last 2 years, during which time I have been focused on establishing the processes, positions, and foundation for the board to continue its work providing the best opportunities to the community and patients of 26Health. I truly hope my legacy of process improvement will allow the board to flourish under Chevalier’s leadership, continue to care for the patients and organization, and wish 26Health nothing but the best for the future,” said Brennan.

26Health was founded by Co-CEO Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, who shared these words about the outgoing and incoming board chairs:

“Brit evolved our board to establish a clear business structure, ensuring the integrity of the mission, assisting the executive leadership with strategic planning, and representing the voice of the community. Chev brings his extensive experience in the nonprofit world. His presence is the perfect marriage between business acumen and the nonprofit world.”

About 26Health
26Health is a true innovator in the healthcare space, building its foundation in response to complex transgender needs and ultimately branching out to reach additional minority and majority patient populations.

Practitioners who are able to master the unique demands of the transgender patient population are well-equipped to extend themselves to all other patient populations. Their agility brings benefits to patients from all walks of life.

With this incredible toolkit in hand, 26Health has expanded to offer pediatric care, women’s healthcare, men’s healthcare, and additional support in the form of telehealth and low-cost prepaid health plans.

Learn about these services plus additional offerings by visiting

Robert Baker-Hargrove

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