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Thursday, November 1 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
The ABCs of LGBT: Creating a Positive Space in the Back of an Ambulance

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LGBT discrimination is a moving target in the United States. Social and cultural changes in the last 20 years are sometimes at odds with state and federal statutes and the right to access healthcare itself is still begin debated. However, while the community sorts out the legal and social issues, LGBT people are not going to stop seeking out emergency medical care. Evidence shows that LGBT people have a history of marginalization and stigmatization that interfere's with their access to health care, and this has a direct negative impact on their health. Sometimes this is reinforced overtly, with open derision rooted in ignorance or a clash of values. Most often, however, it is the small hetero-normative decisions that we make as pre-hospital care providers that builds the walls around LGBT patients. This presentation will provide a context for this discrimination, show evidence of harm to the health of LGBT patients due to this treatment, and provide suggestions on how to provide safe and inclusive care in the back of the ambulance and within the emergency services. 

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Michael Kruse, B.ScHons, AEMCA, ACP

Advanced Care Paramedic, York Region Paramedic Services
Michael Kruse, B.Sc hons, AEMCA, ACP, is an advanced care paramedic at York Region Paramedic Services in Ontario, Canada. He is currently pursuing his MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, class of 2020, with a research interest in LGBTQ care in emergency medicine.

Thursday November 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Room 101CD