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TRAININGS

Available Training Formats

Each training can be specifically targeted and tailored to a wide variety of audiences including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, lay practitioners, clinicians, administrators, human resources representatives, and corporate employees.

We can apply for continuing education credits for our programs for a wide range of disciplines. Please contact us for more information.

Presentations

The presentation format features brief interactive elements to introduce the subject, engage audiences, foster a safe space, and change professional practices. This format is effective for a range of participants, regardless of their position in the organization. Please feel free to contact us with any special requests.

Duration: 60, 90, or 120 minutes

Workshops

For organizations seeking a more in-depth and discussion-based training, we offer workshop formats designed to maximize audience participation.

Duration: half day (4 hours) or full day (7 hours)

Consulting Services

We offer our services on a consulting basis for organizations to act as a catalyst for positive organizational change. Subjects include interpersonal/workplace dynamics, structural competency, and developing a personalized, repeatable, training curriculum.

Billed hourly. One hour gratis.

Live Webinar/Online Content

We also offer the flexibility of live or recorded webinars as well as other online content available through a web portal.

Duration: 30 or 60 minutes

TRAINING TOPICS

What is Health Equity?

Everyone deserves a chance to live a happy and healthy life, regardless of who they are, where they come from, and their socio-economic status. This training explores barriers to achieving health equity, including health inequities, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. This training concludes with information on how to use cultural competency, cultural humility, and structural competency as tools to help communities attain positive health outcomes.

LGBTQ Health Disparities: An Introduction

LGBTQ persons face health disparities that are connected to stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. This training will explore the mental and physical effects of these phenomenon on the LGBTQ community, such as higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, suicide, cancer, homelessness, and violence and will provide tools to help you address these issues.

Health Concerns in LGBTQ Youth

Expressing and exploring sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender roles is a typical part of adolescent development. Youth who identify as, or are perceived to be, LGBTQ, may face additional challenges due to how others respond to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. This training explores health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth and their effect on school attendance, school performance, and social isolation.

Intersectionality and LGBTQ Health

The concept of intersectionality relates to the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups (Merriam-Webster). This training provides a basic introduction to intersectionality, and how membership in overlapping and multiple groups that suffer from stigma and discrimination can create daunting challenges for members of the LGBTQ community. This training explains how living at the intersection of more than one identity can lead to negative health outcomes and suggests strategies for alleviating the effects of intersectional oppression.

Providing Health and Social Services to the Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community (Basics and Advanced)

This training builds expertise on how to deliver health and social services to the trans community in an affirming and inclusive manner. Basic definitions of gender identity, gender expression, and the range of trans identities (including non-binary identities) are explained in this training. Best practices concerning pronoun usage, the creation of inclusive forms, and establishment of safe and inclusive spaces is also discussed. This training can be tailored to the audience’s current learning state.

The Importance of Language: Serving the LGBTQ Community with Cultural Competence

Words are powerful. This training explains the myriad ways language can either fray or strengthen engagement in care for the LGBTQ community. Guidance is given on outdated language to avoid and affirming and inclusive language to use instead. Best practices in asking questions, including one’s pronouns, is also addressed.

LGBTQ Sexual Health Education

LGBTQ inclusive sexual health education is sorely lacking in the United States in terms of LGBTQ representation and relevant information. This training will examine the current state of LGBTQ sexual health education and sexual health disparities experienced by the LGBTQ community. Further, it will provide suggestions on creating an inclusive, holistic, curriculum that fosters a sense of belonging. *Note* we are also available to provide LGBTQ focused sexual health education.

HIV (Basics and Advanced)

The HIV epidemic has changed drastically over the past several decades. This training will describe basic virology and epidemiology, highlighting the epidemic’s impact on the LGBTQ community. The role of the social determinants of health and intersecting identities will also be discussed. Current preventative research and practices will also be featured.

Mental Health Concerns in the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ community experiences much higher rates of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation compared to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. This training will describe these mental health disparities and demonstrate a direct link between these health issues and societal norms. It will conclude with suggestions on screenings that medical and social service providers should consider with treating LGBTQ patients and provide tips and tools on creating a safe and inclusive space and the positive benefits of identifying as an ally.

Health Insurance and the LGBTQ Community

2014 was a complete game changer for the LGBTQ community as it was the first year of the ACA rollout and Medicaid expansion. Historically, the LGBTQ community has been uninsured and underinsured at higher rates than the heterosexual and cisgender community. For the first time in possibly decades these folks experienced having comprehensive health insurance. This training will examine insurance basics and describe the vast impact that health care reform has had on reducing health disparities and access to care issues in the LGBTQ community.

Implicit and Explicit Bias in the Health and Social Service Environment

Everyone has bias. Even providers who are consciously committed to equality and to providing the best care to all clients can fall victim to deeply seated implicit biases, impacting quality of care. This training gives you the tools to recognize and combat explicit and implicit bias against LGBTQ clients and their various intersecting identities.

Substance Abuse and Addiction: Considerations for an LGBTQ Population

Stress, stigma, and discrimination are major factors that drive the disproportionately higher rates of substance abuse and addiction experienced by the LGBTQ community. In addition, many professionals do not know how to provide culturally humble care to LGBTQ patients and clients, discouraging them from engaging in care. This training will discuss how providers can effectively intervene and work to reduce this health disparity.

PrEP and PEP: the Basics

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) are two key biomedical HIV prevention programs. Although both methods are highly effective, many providers feel uncomfortable prescribing them due to a lack of knowledge. This training will discuss how PrEP and PEP work, prescribing, and testing information. It concludes with information on insurance coverage and payment assistant programs.

Aging in the LGBTQ Community

As they age, LGBTQ elders face many unique barriers to healthy living that their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts do not. This training will detail these challenges, including access to basic health care, lack of caregivers, financial insecurity, social isolation, and access to aging services. Further, it will provide the tools for providers to enable patients and clients to age with dignity, support, and respect.

From Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility: What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

Cultural Humility goes beyond having a knowledge and respect of a culture one does not belong to—it requires self-examination and reflection on relationship and power dynamics. This training explores the differences between cultural competency and cultural humility and provides tools and tips on engaging people in a culturally humble manner. Further, it outlines how a commitment to cultural humility can reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, and increase engagement in care for members of medically underserved communities.

Serving the Medically Underserved

Medically underserved communities disproportionally experience higher rates of poverty, healthcare disparities, and healthcare inequities. This training will discuss the skills needed to provide care to these populations, including recognizing unexpressed needs, understanding of local data and statistics, knowledge of community resources, and a willingness to be an advocate. The concepts of cultural competency, cultural humility, structural competency, and unconditional positive regard will also be highlighted.

Structural Competence in a Clinic Setting: Forms, Electronic Health Records, Creating an Inclusive Atmosphere

Social and physical environments can negatively impact one’s engagement in care. This training delves into the definition and practical application of structural competency in an organizational setting. Further, it discusses how individuals and organizations can create inclusive and welcoming environments for LGTBQ clients by altering the physical space and organizational policies and procedures. This includes visual cues, updating forms, and adjusting Electronic Health Records.