New map helps find providers

Garden State Equality's Affirming Healthcare Map helps LGBTQ+ people find culturally competent providers throughout New Jersey.

Connecting LGBTQ people to positive healthcare providers can save lives, said Jahmila Smith.

Garden State Equality, an Asbury Park-based non-profit organization where Smith and her are trainers and project managers, is an interactive Affirmation Healthcare Map It is intended to make it easier for LGBTQ+ residents of New Jersey to find life-saving care.

“We all deserve quality health care and experience with our providers,” Smith said. “Health is scary enough already, so I don’t think finding a positive provider should be a complicated process.

Nearly 140 providers in the state, from therapists to optometrists, are already shown on the interactive map.

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