Throughout their lives, people who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer) can face serious discrimination from the very healthcare providers who have sworn to do them no harm. And
during a serious illness, LGBTQ persons may feel extra alienated--when they are most in need of help--due to strained relationships with their biological family members.
The End of the Rainbow helps participants learn about the LGBTQ culture and how healthcare providers can apply this knowledge to real-life situations with patients in senior care, skilled nursing facilities, and in the hospital.
Tim Vincent is the manager of a national capacity building assistance program funded by the Centers for Disease Control provide training, technical assistance and resources to healthcare professionals working in HIV prevention and care . He has also works as a consultant to provide training and technical assistance to healthcare providers working in long term and palliative care on a variety of issues related to the promotion of health equity. In this role, he worked with an organization called Access to End of Life Care, in developing and delivering training on issues of diversity to providers working in hospice care and with Quality Care Health Foundation (QCHF), an association that provides educational opportunities for people working or managing long term resident care and skilled nursing. For QCHF audiences he has presented at numerous conferences on such topics as crossing the cultural divide, and most recently on specific issues related to working with LGBTQ residents in long term care. He presented at the 2016 CCCC annual conference on the topic of sexual orientation and gender diversity in palliative care in Newport Beach.