What is Health Self-Advocacy
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Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health. It includes finding a healthcare provider who will understand your unique needs and support you in your healthcare decisions. It includes knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.
Medical Decision Making - Frequently asked questions about the new federal laws for medical decision making for LGBT persons
Equal Hospital Visitation Rights - Frequently asked questions about the new federal laws for equal hospital visitation rights for LGBT persons
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Lifelines - Important documents to protect you and your famil,y including information about medical decision making and power of attorney for LGBT individuals/couples and families
Organizing for Transgender Healthcare - A guide for anyone who wants to change the way community clinics offer care (written for transgender individuals but there are some good ideas for all LGBT people who want to advocate for equal access to healthcare)
Identifying and Fighting Healthcare Discrimination - An overview of what discrimination in healthcare looks like and suggestions for how to report/fight any discrimination you may face (written for transgender individuals, but may also apply to other LGB individuals)
Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
So that you have the knowledge needed to access appropriate health resources and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your health. It helps you to decide what is important for your own health and helps to empower you to speak up for yourself.
How Do You Self-Advocate?
- You need to decide what you want to speak up about
- You need to plan how you are going to speak up
- You need to speak up for yourself
- You need the freedom to be able to make basic choices about your life.
- You need to be given the authority to be the expert on your life. You are the one who has to live your life so you should be able to make decisions which affect you.
- You need to have support to make and achieve your goals, the final decision should be yours but it is good to have other people to help you.
- You need to be responsible for your decisions. You need to try to make the best choices and fix those that did not work.
- You need to believe you are able to do the things in your life that are not working and work towards the things that are important to you.