We Are The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center
We provide educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) people.
Transgender people who have access to gender-affirming surgery report better mental health outcomes, according to a new study. The report, published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery, compared the psychological distress levels, suicide risk and substance use in transgender and gender diverse people who had undergone gender-affirming surgery with those who wanted such procedures but had not yet had them. “This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing affirmation in all forms can be life-saving for trans and gender-diverse people,” said lead author Anthony Almazan, a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. “Policies that limit access to care can put lives at risk. Our evidence shows we should be expanding gender-affirming care, not limiting it.” You can read the NBC story here.
A New York Times article published on May 7, 2021 highlights how lack of collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity may cause LGBTQ people to be unseen in vaccine rollouts. National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center Director, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, says “The reason we need to do data-driven, culturally responsive outreach is that medical mistrust — and along with that, vaccine hesitancy — among L.G.B.T.Q. people is rooted in the stigma and discrimination that this community has experienced over time.” The online version of the article is here.
Creating welcoming, inclusive, and affirming health care environments is critical for increasing access to care for LGBTQIA+ people. This guide presents ten strategies every health care organization can do to become more affirming and welcoming for LGBTQIA+ patients and staff and sets a foundation for comprehensive organizational change.
HCV and HIV are overlapping epidemics with serious clinical implications for infected patients. Community health centers are poised to prevent and treat these viral infections by understanding the implications of comorbidity and by creating a welcoming environment for those at risk for, previously infected, or currently infected with one or both diseases. Join the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center for a webinar exploring the link between HCV and HIV, and particular considerations for community-based primary care providers. We will be joined by infectious disease specialists Dr. Kevin Ard and nurse practitioner Maggie Beiser, Director of HCV Services at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, who will share expertise and cases that demonstrate best practices for preventing and/or treating co-infection.
This webinar, intended for our clinical audience, will explore best practices for the management of co-occurring HIV and diabetes. Drs. Janet Lo and Kevin Ard will present cases highlighting the risk of developing diabetes among patients with HIV. Participants of this webinar will learn about the metabolic side effects of antiretroviral medications and discuss drug interactions between anti-diabetic and antiretroviral medications.
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Our library is open. We’re proud to provide no-cost educational materials on the latest developments, issues, and best practices in providing affirming LGBTQIA+ healthcare, by leading researchers and clinicians from across the country.
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Ready to transform your practice? Get in touch with us and let’s find out how we can work together to help bring expertise in LGBTQIA+-affirming care to your organization or event.