Learning Resources — Publications

You’ve Built It…Now What?

In this publication we walk through three steps for effectively and efficiently using sexual orientation and gender identity data to reduce health disparities among LGBTQ patients.

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Diabetes Prevention and Management for LGBTQ People

In this publication, we discuss diabetes risk factors unique to LGBTQ people, and make recommendations for screening and management of diabetes in LGBTQ populations.

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Promoting the Behavioral Health of LGBTQ Older Adults

In collaboration with the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, The Fenway Institute has created clinical best practices for supporting the behavioral health of LGBTQ older adults. This brief discusses current research on aging LGBTQ people, their needs, and the role of health centers in providing medical and behavioral support to this population.

Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Black LGBTQ People

This publication explores the social determinants of health that uniquely affect LGBTQ people of color, and provides strategies and solutions for health centers seeking to better serve this population. The publication focuses on using the model of intersectionality as a way of viewing social determinants of health and guiding health care providers in how to …

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Supporting the Health Of Sexual Minority Women

This publication provides an introduction to understanding and addressing sexual minority women’s (SMW) health. Although SMW have the same preventive health requirements as all women, they also have unique disparities and health care needs. The first half of this publication describes the physical and behavioral health issues that disproportionately affect sexual minority women (SMW) due to stigma and a shortage of culturally affirming care. The second part highlights evidence-informed practices that hold the most promise in supporting SMW who access health centers. A case example of a patient is presented to illustrate how a disparity can be addressed through the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, and by using a trauma-informed approach.

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Addressing HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among LGBTQ People: A Primer for Health Centers

Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face an increased risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The increased risk of HV and STIs in these populations stems from both social and biological factors.Health center clinicians can help address HIV and STIs among LGBTQ people by screening appropriately based on a comprehensive sexual history, providing culturally appropriate safer sex counseling, and offering biomedical prevention strategies, such as vaccinations and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HV (PrEP).

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Recruiting, Training, and Retaining LGBTQ-Proficient Clinical Providers: A Workforce Development Toolkit

As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people increasingly access care at health centers, the clinical workforce needs to be prepared to meet the unique health needs of LGBTQ patients. Finding LGBTQ-proficient providers, however, can present a challenge, especially outside major metropolitan areas.

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Recognizing and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Relationships of LGBTQ People: A Primer for Health Centers

In this publication we discuss how to identify and discuss intimate partner violence (IPV) in sexual and gender minority communities. Intimate partner violence is defined and the particular circumstances that impact IPV within sexual and gender minority communities is addressed. We provide guidance on how to talk with patients who may be experiencing IPV, and offer resources for helping sexual and gender minorities in unsafe relationships.

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Creating a Transgender Health Program at Your Health Center

In this guide, we provide a framework for building a health program for transgender and gender diverse patients at your health center. There is no "one size fits all" approach to this work, but there are certain building blocks from which to create your own program that supports the gender diverse people in your community.

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Suicide Risk and Prevention for LGBTQ Patients

This publication offers a brief summary of what is known about suicidal behavior and risk among LGBTQ people, followed by information and resources for health centers to help both young and old LGBTQ people get support and tap into internal and community resilience.

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