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Adam Eickmeyer is currently the Senior Research and Quality Improvement Specialist in the UM Health System’s Division of Pediatric Urology, where he conducts research on medical decision making, risk communication, complications, and more. He is also a Lecturer in LSA’s Department of American Culture where he teaches on the social and ethical implications of genetic technologies — as well as the Health Sciences Scholars Program, where he teaches the core course on perspectives in health and health care. He is also an independent consultant within the field of health policy, and has consulted on transgender health protections within the Affordable Care Act as well as HIV policies at colleges and universities. Adam currently sits on the Michigan Medicine Section 1557 committee and co-founded the U of M LGBTQ Health Network. He earned his BA and MPH from the University of Michigan, and completed a post-graduate fellowship in LGBT health policy with the Gill Foundation in Washington, D.C. before returning to Ann Arbor.
Presentation: From Presidents to Providers to Patients: LGBTQ Health Policy in a New Administration
Time: Breakout Session 3
Where: Alumni Lounge
Public policy plays a crucial role in determining the health of LGBTQ people in America. In this talk, we will outline some of the major policy victories achieved during the Obama Administration, as well as the current policy landscape under the Trump Administration. Many of these policies directly relate to health, while others have a more indirect pathway. Changes in health policy have opened up health care coverage and services for many LGBTQ people since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, but these protections have been put into jeopardy by judicial events, and the future of the ACA as we know it is unknown. Social policies such as marriage equality and access to appropriate restrooms have clear mental health correlates, and now more than ever it is important to understand how social policy can affect the health of LGBTQ people. Additionally, developing appropriate health care facility / hospital policies is crucial to the provision of affirming, high quality care for this population. We will finish by illustrating ways that health care professionals and other activists can advocate for policy change locally, regionally, and nationally.
1. Describe historical policy shifts related to LGBTQ health and social wellbeing.
2. Compare current federal regulations protecting LGBTQ patients within the health care systems.
3. Identify best practices within health care facilities to provide affirming, high quality health care services to LGBTQ people.
4. Analyze potential impact and act upon current and future proposed policies that may affect LGBTQ people