rainbow health ontario
Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO) is a province-wide program of Sherbourne Health designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (2SLGBTQ) communities.
The needs of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people are often overlooked in our health and social service systems, and there are gaps and inequities in services and in the health status of 2SLGBTQ people. Ontario Health funds RHO to act as a catalyst in improving services, increasing knowledge, showcasing innovative practice and encouraging networking and collaboration.
RHO works with 2SLGBTQ communities, service providers, researchers, policy makers and the government.
Please note that RHO is not a direct health care provider.
For more information:
- Information & Consultation – making LGBT2SQ health information, news and events available publicly, consulting with providers and community groups on program development, organizational change, clinical standards and protocols, supporting supporting the development of local community-based health promotion strategies, and creating health education and health communication materials that address LGBT2SQ health issues.
- Education & Training – developing partnerships with universities, colleges and licensing bodies to create appropriate curriculum materials, providing direct training to health care and social service providers, and hosting a provincial conference offering skills development, networking and partnership opportunities.
- Research & Policy – developing partnerships with researchers, funders and policy makers to gather LGBT2SQ health data and to encourage more LGBT2SQ health research in Ontario, and promoting the use of existing LGBT2SQ health research.