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Dustin Nowaskie is a third year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and Point Foundation Scholarship finalist. His education in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Southern California has since cultivated a passion in medicine and a desire to help minority populations in holistic, integrative ways. Upon enrolling at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dustin has endeavored to make a difference and help eradicate LGBTQ healthcare inequalities in his home state. In 2015, Dustin founded OutCare Health, Indiana’s first comprehensive LGBTQ health resource. He has received many local and state awards for his efforts, including the IUPUI Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award. Challenged by the lack of attention to LGBTQ healthcare needs, Dustin is impassioned to ameliorate social misconceptions within healthcare and identify unbiased, culturally competent care across the country, particularly in low-income and rural communities.
Presentation: OutCare Health: An initiative of LGBTQ healthcare equality
Time: Breakout Session 4
Healthcare marginalization pervades Indiana’s LGBTQ community. Albeit minimal, LGBTQ-competent healthcare organizations and providers do exist but are often unidentifiable by the public. In an effort to make such resources transparent, OutCare Health (outcarehealth.org) was created, Indiana’s first health resource providing extensive information on LGBTQ health. Supported by IUSM and IU Health, OutCare is a collaborative effort pioneered by medical students. Addressing healthcare disparities in academia and communities alike, OutCare provides current information on health services and resources for the general public and cites modules for providers to obtain cultural competency. Projects include medical school curricular reform, educational material production, training seminar development, and the OutList, Indiana’s directory of providers who are competent in the care and treatment of LGBTQ individuals. Since its inception, OutCare has delivered over 1000 brochures and ward pocket references to communities, providers, and clinics. In addition, the OutList currently enumerates over 100 providers in specialties such as infectious disease, internal medicine, mental health, OB/GYN, and primary care. OutCare has received much state recognition and plans to expand into Kentucky and surrounding Midwestern states in the following months. Through these endeavors, OutCare Health strives to facilitate a shift in LGBTQ healthcare accessibility and equality.
1. General Public: To increase invisibility of LGBTQ and culturally competent healthcare providers through the OutList; to provide a database of healthcare services tailored to LGBTQ individuals.
2. Medical Education: To encourage the implementation of curriculum focused on caring for LGBTQ individuals; to provide consultation and assessment for medical educators around incorporating LGBTQ health in curriculum.
3. Healthcare Providers: To provide training resources concerning cultural competency; to distribute informational materials; to develop networking opportunities designed to increase providers’ knowledge of and competence in caring for LGBTQ individuals.