ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
ABOUT OUr Initiative
CDPH is implementing a new initiative to address health inequities experienced by 2.5 million Californians who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LBTQ). Funding was authorized as part of the Budget Act of 2019, SEC. 2, Item 4265-111-0001, Schedule 2, Provisions 4(a) and (b). The LBTQ Health Equity Initiative (LBTQ Initiative) will address well-documented but largely unaddressed health inequities that result from a range of challenges including deeply rooted systemic anti-LBTQ bias, lack of culturally responsive care, and an alarming lack of medical services and research tailored to lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women as well as transgender men, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons. Funding for the LBTQ Health Equity Initiative was appropriated by the legislature in 2019 after stakeholders presented compelling evidence of these inequities.
Four strategies will be funded through contracts: healthcare access demonstration projects (HCADPs), community education and outreach projects (CE&OPs), service provider capacity building projects (SPCBPs), and LBTQ research projects. The current RFA opportunity will fund HCADPs and CE&OPs, with SPCBPs and LBTQ research project to be funded through subsequent RFAs in 2022.
The funding of RFA 22-10153 provides an opportunity to administer a portfolio of 5-8 community-based projects focused on healthcare access for LBTQ communities and community outreach and education efforts. CDPH will fund four program contracts, comprising 20-32 community-based subcontractor projects in this topic area.