This module discuses behavioral health disparities faced by LGBTQIA+ populations, and discusses evidence-based clinical practices in LGBTQIA+ behavioral health care.
Learning Resources — Behavioral Health
Although the majority of sexual minority men maintain good mental health and healthy behaviors, research has shown that as a population, they are at greater risk for substance use disorders and mental health problems. This “quick guide” provides an overview of these risks, the contextual factors driving the risks, and potential interventions to mitigate the root causes of these risks.
In this webinar, Dr. Sylvie Naar will discuss the use of motivational interviewing to support LGBTQIA+ patients in the management of chronic illness including diabetes and HIV. Participants will get a taste of the best and promising practices for the use of MI strategies to improve health outcomes and understand how MI can be a foundation for communicating cultural humility.
Weight-related discrimination in the U.S. is common and is associated with substantial social, economic, and health costs. Allegra Gordon (she/her), ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor at Boston University's School of Public Health and Jamie Dannenberg (she/they), MS, RD, LDN, outpatient eating disorder dietitian at Metrowest Nutrition and co-creator of thirdwheelED, invite you to explore how we can improve health outcomes of LGBTQIA+ patients through a weight-inclusive approach to healthcare. This webinar will offer an introduction to the current state of the science on weight stigma and its effects on health, as well as critical insights on weight stigma in relation to LGBTQIA+ identities. Participants will come away from the webinar with concrete recommendations for creating a weight-inclusive medical practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound negative impact on the mental health of people in marginalized communities across the United States. Issues of isolation, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, all have seen a dramatic rise over the past year. For LGBTQIA+ communities, where many of these issues were already alarmingly high, the impact has been even more concerning. In this webinar, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, will address the ways mental health disparities effecting LGBTQIA+ people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss how providers might meet the needs of those within this community.
Minority stress, stigma, discrimination and homophobia can lead to some people to turn to the use of substances as a coping mechanism. In this webinar, participants will explore best and promising practices for health centers in supporting the mental health of gay and bisexual men who use opioids, methamphetamines, and/or other substances as a means of coping with environmental stressors.
In this webinar, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian MD, MPH, will contextualize mental health inequities across diagnostic categories and HIV risk within a gender minority stress framework, propose culturally responsive tailoring of evidence-based clinical practices, and offer strategies for building inclusive, affirming, and trauma-informed environments within healthcare organizations in order to optimize mental health and HIV-related outcomes.
Trauma Informed Care for LGBTQIA+ Patients In this webinar, participants will explore the principles of trauma informed care for LGBTQIA+ patients, including best practices for the implementation of affirming, trauma-informed programming. The webinar will include provider and patient perspectives of the patient journey, focusing on opportunities for trust building and for the recognition and support of patients who have been affected by trauma.
In this talk from the 2020 Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health conference, Dr. Henin covers behavioral health care approaches for transgender and gender-diverse youth and adolescents.