Learning Resources — Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data

Nuevas preguntas sobre la orientación sexual y la identidad de género: Información para pacientes

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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Promoting Health Care Access to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Farmworkers

There is a common misconception that few or no lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people exist within the farmworker community. As a result, the health care needs of LGBT farmworkers are often overlooked. This webinar will address the unique challenges faced by LGBT farmworkers, including invisibility, cultural and religious taboos, and fear of job termination or harassment, to ensure that health care providers are able to provide quality care to this highly vulnerable population.  Alexis Guild a senior health policy analyst from Farmworker Justice will provide an overview of Farmworkers in the US and the unique laws and regulations that can affect health care, and Carlos Casteñada, the Community Outreach Coordinator at Adelante Healthcare, will share his experiences of working with LGBT people in the field and making outreach workers at Adelante Healthcare accessible as a resource for LGBT people.

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients

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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Frequently Asked Questions: UDS Reporting on SO/GI

Because sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) are new Uniform Data System (UDS) elements, health centers will have questions about what to do with missing data, among other issues. The following FAQ provides current guidance in addressing questions that have arisen so far.

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Preguntas Sobre Orientación Sexual E Identidad De Género

This tool provides recommended questions for asking patients their sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic health records as well as some key terms and their definitions, all translated into Spanish.

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Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic health records is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to LGBT individuals. This brief discusses the importance of gathering this data to help identify and address LGBT health disparities in health centers and other health care organizations. It provides recommended questions for asking patients their sexual orientation and gender identity in electronic health records, as well as information about training staff to collect data systematically. Providers who are informed of their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity, and are trained to care for LGBT patients, are better able to provide care that is relevant, specific, and compassionate.

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Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT People

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals continue to face stigma and discrimination even though social acceptance is improving. This stigma and discrimination can result in negative experiences that combine with lack of access to culturally-affirming and informed health professionals to result in multiple health disparities for LGBT populations. Therefore, there is an urgent need to provide inclusive, high-quality health services to LGBT people so they can achieve the highest possible level of health. This document reviews LGBT concepts and demographics, discusses health disparities affecting LGBT groups, and outlines steps that clinicians, health centers, and other health care organizations can take to provide patient-centered care for LGBT people.

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Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People: A Guide for Health Care Staff

Providing Inclusive Services and Care for LGBT People has been developed to help all members of the health care team provide an inclusive and affirmative environment for all clients, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

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Journal Articles

Ard, KL and Makadon HJ. Addressing intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):930-3. Epub 2011 Mar 30. Bedoya CA, Mimiaga MJ, Beauchamp G, Donnell D, Mayer KH, Safren, SA. Predictors of HIV Transmission Risk Behavior and Seroconversion Among Latino Men Who have Sex with Men in Project EXPLORE. AIDS …

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Achieving Health Equity for LGBT People

This module provides an overview of LGBT health disparities, demographics, and terminology, as well as key strategies for bringing high quality care to LGBT people at health centers and other health care organizations. Strategies for collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings will be addressed. Participants will also learn about creating LGBT-inclusive environments of care and about the intersections of LGBT health, population health and team-based care.

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