This project takes the first step in creating a medical home for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) adolescents in Newark. To achieve this, community development organizations and health care providers in Newark will be brought together, integrating existing youth services with medical care. The major partners in this will be the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey and the Newark Pride Alliance an umbrella organization of community agencies working for the LGBTQ community in Newark.
The proposal envisions a 5-step approach to achieve this goal. First, sustainable partnerships will be created with youth agencies in Newark and ideas will be generated on how to integrate access medical care for LGBTQ adolescents with the services they provide. Leading from the creation of these partnerships separate needs based assessments will be done of the components of health care: the adolescent (peer), the health care personnel (provider) and the medical facilities where health care is delivered (places). Each of these components will have educational interventions undertaken based on the results of the needs assessment. Lastly, we aim to disseminate the results of our project to the larger pediatric community.