DETROIT — As Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and top business leaders here expressed support for expanding state civil rights law to include LGBT people, a new health equity council was formed last week in Southeast Michigan, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.
The Ferndale-based Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Health Equity Council of Southeast Michigan includes representatives of Beaumont Health System, CHE Trinity Health, Henry Ford Health System, St. John Providence Health System and the Oakland County health division.
The health systems joined with LGBT community organizations with pledges to help identify and address health disparities in those population groups that often lead to poorer health care and medical outcomes.
The health council, coordinated by Affirmations, a LGBT community group, plans to meet six times this year to develop a plan to close the health care gap for LGBT people, Crains reports.
In a statement last week, Gov. Snyder expressed support for lawmakers to amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity before year’s end, the article said.