Learning Resources — Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data

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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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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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients Translated into Haitian Creole

This pamphlet was developed as a companion for health centers asking their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. This handout walks patients through why they are being asked these questions and what all of the answer options mean. Patients will be guided on how to choose the best answer, as well as what to do if they do not want to answer these questions. There is also information for patients about why this information is important to the health center, and what will be done with the answers to these questions.

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients Translated into Brazilian Portuguese

This pamphlet was developed as a companion for health centers asking their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. This handout walks patients through why they are being asked these questions and what all of the answer options mean. Patients will be guided on how to choose the best answer, as well as what to do if they do not want to answer these questions. There is also information for patients about why this information is important to the health center, and what will be done with the answers to these questions.

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients Translated into Arabic

You can listen to the pamphlet being read in Arabic using the above audio player.

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Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI) Data In Electronic Health Records

Presenters: Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH and Chris Grasso, MPH  

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New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients Translated into Simplified Chinese

This pamphlet was developed as a companion for health centers asking their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. This handout walks patients through why they are being asked these questions and what all of the answer options mean. Patients will be guided on how to choose the best answer, as well as what to do if they do not want to answer these questions. There is also information for patients about why this information is important to the health center, and what will be done with the answers to these questions.

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Ready, Set, Go! Guidelines and Tips For Collecting Patient Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SO/GI)

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.

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SO/GI Data Collection Demonstration Videos

These videos demonstrate best practices in sexual orientation and gender identity data collection. They address common questions and issues that arise for frontline and clinical staff when asking patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity.  We hope these videos can provide a valuable training tool for health care staff looking for sample language and best practices.

Portions of this course were developed in partnership with New York City Health + Hospitals

This video course is not currently eligible for CME credit.

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LGBT Health Readiness Assessments in Health Centers: Key Findings

The National LGBT Health Education Center started conducting direct training and technical assistance with Federally Qualified Health Centers in 2014. This service was made possible by the expansion of our National Cooperative Agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration to include technical assistance work. Since 2014, seventeen health centers in six states (Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, and Texas) have participated in the assessment process.

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