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Diversity and Inclusion

HSS is committed to providing high-quality care and skilled, compassionate, reliable service to our community in a safe and healing environment. Consistent with this commitment, HSS admits and treats patients, and provides all care and services without regard to age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, veteran or military status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law or by accreditation standards.

HSS Celebrates Pride Month in June

We Move With Pride - HSS logo

Each year the month of June is recognized as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan and the gay rights movement in the US. Throughout this month we celebrate the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual and all sexual and gender minority people have made on history, society, and culture. 

For the 4th year in a row HSS is proud to be a bronze sponsor of NYC Pride.


Here are some ways to honor and celebrate Pride Month both in-person and virtually:

  • Learn about the history of Pride. Visit the Library of Congress to read more about how this month was founded.
  • Explore literature. Browse this list of curated poetry and essays by LGBTQIA+ authors.
  • Tune in for the Human Rights Conference. This 3-day virtual symposium, taking place from June 21-23, focuses on activism and issues impacting the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Participate in the various NYC Pride events. From Family Movie Night to Youth Pride, there is something for everyone. Visit the NYC Pride website for a full list of events.
  • Get moving by joining a Pride run. Celebrate your pride and show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community by participating in the Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 6K.
  • Show your pride by participating in the NYC Pride March. Join in-person or tune into the NYC Pride March broadcast on June 27th.
  • Check out LGBTQIA+ health learning resources. The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center offers several resources on a variety of topics including creating an inclusive healthcare environment, engaging families of transgender youth, supporting LGBTQIA+ patients during the pandemic and more.

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You can apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and purchase a qualified health plan during open enrollment. View the PDF below for more information.

Our Initiatives and Ongoing Education

HSS strives to deliver optimal care and services to all of our patients by adopting initiatives, behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enhance cultural competency and inclusion while serving a multicultural population. We believe that healthcare services that are respectful of and responsive to health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients help to foster positive health outcomes.

Healthcare Equality Index - LGBTQ LeaderHSS has been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality for the sixth consecutive year by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization in the US. Consistent with our mission of providing the highest quality care for all, this recognition is a testament to our collective effort to raise awareness, provide training and implement best practices around caring for LGBTQ+ community and fostering inclusivity. Read our LGBTQ Committee Mission Statement.

HSS marching at Gay Pride Parade 2018
HSS is a proud bronze sponsor of NYC Pride 2021.

The 2020 designation was a part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2020, a unique annual survey that promotes equal care for LGBTQ Americans and recognizes healthcare institutions doing the best work to enhance their quality of life and experience.

We are proud of our organization-wide efforts to enhance awareness and clinical care practice specifically for LGBTQ populations through:

  • Mandatory annual staff development trainings for all employees
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation data collection to guide clinical care and assess quality
  • Ongoing institutional policies that foster optimal and sensitive care for LGBTQ patients, their family members and loved ones
  • An interdisciplinary LGBTQ Committee that addresses concerns and clinical care issues related to the LGBTQ population.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) Committee Mission Statement

  • Monitor external and internal environment for policies, education, communications and best practices that will contribute to an overall healthcare experience for the LGBTQ community that is consistent with our commitment to excellence.
  • Plan, create and implement appropriate education interventions, guidelines, and policies that promote the highest quality patient experiences for our LGBTQ patients; treat them with respect and address any LGBTQ-specific concerns/issues.
  • Assess and address gaps in care, practice and education.
  • Identify and address any health disparities related to the LGBTQ population.
  • The Committee will report to the Patient Experience Council.

Executive Sponsor: Susan Flics, VP, Operations
Team Leader: Jillian Rose, Director, Community Engagement, Diversity & Research

Current educational initiatives

If you have any questions regarding community engagement and diversity initiatives please contact us.