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Assemblymember Ward Introduces Bill to Ensure Pharmacists Provide Culturally Competent Care

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(SACRAMENTO,CA) – Members of the LGBTQ+ community often face barriers when receiving healthcare, including fear, stigma and discrimination. Consistent training is needed to help pharmacists cater to the unique needs of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ when receiving medication. Today, Assemblymember Chris Ward introduced AB 2194 to ensure pharmacists and pharmacy technicians receive at least one hour of training during the licensing process to be able to better serve LGBTQ+ patients. 

“When LGBTQ+ individuals have a negative experience seeking healthcare, it discourages them from seeking adequate or even life-saving measures when they need it,” said Assemblymember Ward (D-San Diego). “AB 2194 will ensure pharmacists are looking out for the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals by providing culturally competent care.”

California is home to the highest population of individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in the United States. An estimated 2.6 million people identify as LGBTQ+ in the Golden State, with 220,000 adults identifying as trans, transgender or non-binary according to the California Department of Public Health. AB 2194 will help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians develop a trusting relationship with LGBTQ+ individuals through appropriate and empathetic communication, making patients more likely to pursue positive health outcomes in the future.

“I am proud of the California Pharmacists Association for always doing what is in the best interest of patients," said Susan Bonilla, CEO of the California Pharmacists Association. “LGBTQ+ healthcare is rapidly changing, and it is imperative that as one of the most accessible healthcare providers in the community, that we understand how to provide that care.”