Inspiration

The strength of LGBTQ people to live and love freely, even within a system that discriminates against them. Everyone deserves access to compassionate healthcare suited to their health needs. Community building and resources is the backbone of this website and application, and we stand for equal care for everyone.

Why? Here’s the problem — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations across the U.S. encounter significant barriers to receiving quality healthcare.

Discrimination against LGBT persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Experiences of violence and victimization are frequent for LGBT individuals, and have long-lasting effects on the individual and the community. Personal, family, and social acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity affects the mental health and personal safety of LGBT individuals.

That’s why we built Queercare.

What it does

Queercare is a platform for LGBTQ+ people to build communities and access resources to LGBTQ friendly healthcare providers. Users can rate healthcare providers based on their quality of care and knowledge on LGBTQ health issues.

Queerhealth is an app that provides LGBT+ people the resources to help obtain quality healthcare from healthcare professionals who are culturally competent and understanding of LGBT health. It includes a searchable healthcare provider directory to find and rate the quality of care and LGBT knowledge of providers.

The live chat forums communities for LGBTQ+ people to share their healthcare experiences. Users can also find links to resources for LGBTQ+ people to learn more about their rights and better advocate for themselves

How we built it

For the frontend development we used JavaScript, React, Redux, Bootstrap, HTMl, CSS, Axios, Node.js and Firebase. We incorporated the Google Maps API, which was new. For design and illustrations, we used Figma and Canva. For iOS app development we utilized Swift.

Challenges we ran into

Learning different technologies and trying to figure out how to implement the features we wanted. Figuring out using markers and Google Maps API.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We’re proud of our ability to create a unique project, collaborate online, and build a minimum viable product within 24 hours.

What we learned

How to host a webpage with Firebase and connect it to an iOS application to read data. The importance of community-based care and support in medicine

What's next for queercare?

Continued development to support multiple regions and languages, making connections with healthcare providers. Getting more users to use our product to build a larger database and resource for LGBTQ-friendly healthcare providers.

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