The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
Healthy People 2020 and the Institute of Medicine Report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People emphasize that health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people occur across the life cycle. For example:
These health disparities are linked to a long history of stigma and discrimination for LGBT people, but can be addressed with increased training of health care providers, and with more research on these populations. Our goal is to make health care services more welcoming to LGBT people, and to assure that all patients receive sensitive and appropriate preventive, medical, and behavioral health care.
We offer online training covering many LGBT health topics. Most of our live and on-demand webinars and learning modules offer free CME/CEU, downloadable content, and other resources. The trainings and materials on this website are organized by topic area from Introduction to LGBT Health, to Transgender Health, to LGBT People of Color, and more!
We provides individualized technical assistance (TA) to health care organizations ready to take LGBT health to the next level. Our TA focuses on helping organizations assess their readiness for change, train their staff in core LGBT concepts, and operationalize strategies for creating welcoming and inclusive environments for their LGBT patients.
Since 2009, we have been presenting Grand Rounds to academic medical centers as well as community hospitals on how to eliminate LGBT health disparities through clinical education and administrative change.
We have published briefs, journal articles, toolkits, and a textbook to support the improvement of LGBT health through clinical and organizational change. Most of our publications are available for free and can be accessed here.
Take a look at our list of recommended readings and resources on LGBT health topics.