The Learning Modules on LGBT Health were created to help facilitate the teaching of LGBT health topics to health care professionals and students. You can download the modules from this website and use them in your courses, trainings, workshops, or for self-directed learning. We recommend the modules be used as companions to our textbook, the Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, which provides more detailed content on these topics. However, the modules can be used as stand-alone teaching tools as well.
You can adapt the Learning Modules for local use by adding your own slides or deleting the slides you do not need. However, we ask that you preserve the content and format of the slides you keep. All slides are copyright protected.
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Ending Invisibility: Better Care for LGBT Populations
Module 1 offers an introduction to LGBT populations and their healthcare needs. Topics include:
- terminology related to LGBT populations;
- LGBT population demographics;
- approaches to culturally appropriate care for LGBT populations;
- ways to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT patients.
Knowing Your Patients: Taking a History and Providing Risk Reduction Counseling
Module 2 explains how to take a history that is inclusive of all patients, and how to tailor the history for LGBT patients. Because the sexual history (including behavior, identity, and desires) is often overlooked by clinicians and is a topic that is generally not well covered in professional schools, the module goes into detail on how to take a sexual history that is thorough and sensitive without being awkward. The module concludes with some tips on how to provide relevant sexual risk reduction counseling.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Module 3 summarizes the most recent research on LGBT health disparities, and outlines key clinical approaches to promoting health in order to redress those disparities. Clinical areas covered are: tobacco use, weight and obesity, eating disorders, cancers (cervical, breast, anal), substance abuse, mental health, violence and trauma victimization, and sexual health.
Caring for LGBTQ Youth
Module 4 explores healthcare issues of particular concern for LGBTQ youth populations (aged 12-24 years). Topics include developmental challenges, barriers to accessing healthcare, confidentiality concerns, unique health concerns (smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, anxiety, depression and suicide attempts, HIV & STIs, emotional and physical abuse, homelessness, and family rejection), and strategies for screening and educating youth on these concerns.
Handouts (PDF format)
Handout 4-A Readings and Resources (file size 101KB)
Handout 4-B Adolescent Patient Interview: Sample Questions (file size 45KB)
Handout 4-C Reflection and Discussion Questions (file size 34KB)
Handout 4-D References (file size 40KB)
Promoting the Health of LGBT Families
Module 5 provides context on LGBT relationships and parenting that will help clinicians better know and care for their LGBT patients. Topics include demographics of LGBT couples and families, relationship challenges, legal issues, communication tips, options for becoming parents, and research on children of LGBT parents.
Caring for the Older LGBT Adult
Module 6 aims to bring recognition to the presence of LGBT elders (age 65+), a group which is often overlooked. The module illustrates the unique medical, psychological, and social service needs of LGBT older adults, and gives recommendations for how clinicians can adequately address the needs of this group.
Understanding the T in LGBT: A Role for Clinicians
Module 7 familiarizes clinicians with the basic health needs of transgender individuals. Included are explanations of the various meanings of the term “transgender”; descriptions of some of the clinical issues found in transgender populations; and tips for improving the clinical environment for transgender patients.