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.
Learning Resources — Publications
Sexual health is an integral part of overall health, and this remains so as people age. This publication describes core terms and concepts for sexual orientation and gender identity, addresses common misconceptions about sexuality and aging, and outlines special considerations for the sexual health care of older adults, including a demonstration of how to elicit an affirming sexual history.
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- LGBTQIA+ Older Adults
This 2021 publication from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center details how the COVID-19 pandemic affects LGBTQIA+ subpopulations. This brief provides strategies and resources to improve the capacity of health centers to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients during the pandemic.
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This publication provides insight from qualitative research and clinical experience into the unique experience of gender-diverse, neurodiverse youth.
This community-informed clinical guide on primary care for intersex people provides an overview of intersex terms and concepts, the health concerns of intersex people, intersex-affirming practices, and resources for further learning.
Supportive Housing and Health Services for LGBTQIA+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Promising Practices
This publication addresses health disparities that LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness face and focuses on ways to increase engagement of LGBTQIA+ youth into health and housing programs. It highlights three notable programs in three U.S. cities that have developed culturally-tailored programs to engage and support LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness and includes promising practices based on common themes across the programs.
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- LGBTQIA+ Children and Youth
Ready, Set, Go! Guidelines and Tips For Collecting Patient Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) – 2020 Update
This guide is designed to help your health center successfully collect SO/GI data, no matter where you are in the process. For those just beginning, the guide can be used from start to finish. If you have already created a system, but have encountered challenges and questions, this guide can help you address them. Even if your system is working smoothly, you will find resources and recommendations here that will help you move to the next level of data collection and analysis. This newly updated publication includes information on how to work with undocumented patients, patients who speak English as a second language or not at all, and patients who may engage in same-sex behaviors or have a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth, but who do not identify as LGBTQIA+.
This PrEP Action Kit includes clinical resources to help providers incorporate PrEP into their practices. Including helpful resources such as tips on taking a comprehensive sexual history, frequently asked questions about PrEP and information on PrEP prescribing and monitoring. This action kit is an essential resource for all providers treating LGBTQIA+ patients or patients at risk of HIV infection.
This one-page fact sheet provides information and guidance for patients around sexual health and COVID-19. The fact sheet covers basic information about COVID-19, answers questions about sexual practices and safety, and provides guidance around social distancing and sexual health.
Affirmative Services for Transgender and Gender Diverse People – Best Practices for Frontline Health Care Staff
This publication provides best practices and guidance for frontline healthcare staff on how to best serve transgender and gender diverse patients. Topics covered include gender affirming language, asking about sexual orientation and gender identity data, asking for name and pronouns used, and more. The publication features a quick-reference sheet that can be removed and posted in a workspace.