VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VAPAHCS LGBT Staff and Patient Resources
Welcome home LGBT Veterans and thank you for your service! Welcome also to LGBT current and prospective employees. The VA Palo Alto Health Care System offers a variety of programs to create a health care system that is responsive to the particular needs of LGBT patients and staff by building upon the unique strengths of LGBT culture.
You Are Not Alone
America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans, many of whom have served the US military with honor and distinction.
With the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, repeal of the transgender service ban, and federal agencies from the Pentagon to the VA observing Gay Pride Month, opportunities abound for new developments in LGBT Veteran health care. We hope you choose VAPAHCS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to create an LGBT Veteran community and health care system.
Resources for Veterans:
LGBT Veterans are invited to participate in an LGBT Veteran Support Group to meet other LGBT Veterans and enjoy a supportive environment to give and receive support from peers. For more information, please call group facilitator Gabriel Lonero, LCSW, (650) 493-5000 x28844.
Resources for LGBT Veteran Clinical Care:
LGBT Veterans and staff who would like information, training, and policies related to LGBT Veteran Clinical Care can contact the VAPAHCS LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators Shannon Healer, LCSW, (650) 269-5945, and Gabriel Lonero, (650) 493-5000 x28844. To learn more about the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator Program, visit LGBT VCC Program and LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators.
Resources for Staff:
LGBT VA staff and allies are invited to participate in the LGBT Staff and Allies Special Emphasis Program (LGBTSA SEP) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. The goals of this group are:
1. To work with LGBT VCC’s to train VAPAHCS staff about LGBT Veteran healthcare, polices and advocacy,
2. Raise awareness about LGBT culture and staff at VAPAHCS,
3. Provide support and social opportunities for LGBT staff,
4. Provide outreach to promote enrollment at VAPAHCS among LGBT Veterans and employment among LGBT staff,
5. Track trends related to experiences of discrimination of LGBT staff and Veterans, and
6. Work with LGBT VCC’s to be a HEI designated Health Care System.
For more information, contact LGBTSA Program Co-Managers Shannon Healer, (650) 269-5945, or Deirdre McNamara, (650) 493-5000 x62207.
LGBT Employee Recruitment Efforts:
The LGBT Staff and Allies Special Emphasis Program is actively involved in recruitment of LGBT employees to VAPAHCS through outreach at LGBT employment fairs in the community and pride festivals in San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, and Modesto.
LGBT Veteran Healthcare Equality:
VAPAHCS is honored to have received the distinction of being rated a "Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality" since 2013 by the Human Rights Campaign's Health Care Equality Index.