“This recognition by the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization shines a spotlight on the work, ethics and moral compass of our Montefiore community,” said Montefiore Einstein's Gloria Kenny, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Montefiore Einstein leads with many “firsts” when it comes to LGBTQ+ inclusion. We are the first health system in New York City to have joined, and have a float in, the NYC Pride March.
In 2019, Montefiore Einstein implemented an inclusive identity policy on preferred names and pronouns, allowing associates to identify the name and pronouns that best align with their gender identity, to ensure an inclusive and safe work environment. It also established programs and training opportunities to address the LGBTQ+ community’s needs, helping employees understand appropriate terminology, gender identities and sexual orientation.
This latest HEI designation and perfect score builds on Montefiore Einstein’s long history of providing LGBTQ+ care in hospitals, community health centers and specialty clinics. The services provided by Montefiore Adolescent and Youth Sexual-Health Clinic (MAYS) — formerly the Adolescent AIDS Program (AAP) — and the Montefiore AIDS Center, the largest single-site HIV care and prevention program in New York State, have been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ care for adults and youth for more than 30 years, serving those aged 13 and up with comprehensive care, including mental health and support services, trans care and primary care.
The HEI is part of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people.