The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is launching a program to help gay, bisexual and transgender Coloradans get better health care. The agency said Wednesday more than 45 organizations are supporting the plan. The department says disparities in treatment are leading to higher rates of substance use; infectious disease and depression.We have the responsibility to eliminate health disparities among the LGBT population in Colorado, said Dr. Chris Urbina, the departments executive director and chief medical officer, in a news release. We need to have the highest standard of healthy living for all Coloradans. Supporters want people to get appropriate health information, prevention services and health care.The department says it will focus on four main goals including:
- Build competent and LGBT-affirming prevention, early intervention, and health care services accessible throughout Colorado.
- Engage LGBT Coloradans and community organizations to shift social patterns toward healthier living and improve the health and wellness systems that serve their communities.
- Ensure LGBT-affirming policies and political actions strengthen individual and community partnerships to advance mutual aspirations.
- Improve Colorado LGBT-specific data and research to inform about health outcomes.