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LGBT People of Color Training Materials - National LGBT Health Education Center
LGBT People of Color

LGBT People of Color


LGBT People of Color

Obesity, Feeding and Eating Disorders, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder among LGBTQ Youth

Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, Director of Education & Training Programs, The Fenway Institute Boston, MA

Many young LGBTQ people contend with bullying, rejection, and other identity-related stressors at school and at home. For some, these challenges negatively affect their eating behaviors and   body image, which can lead to excessive weight gain or loss, as well as   eating and feeding disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. This webinar will teach providers how to use a culturally-responsive approach to preventing, identifying, and treating obesity, eating and feeding disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder among LGBTQ youth. We will also discuss pediatric endocrinology considerations as they relate to weight/gain and obesity among transgender youth.

As this webinar was originally recorded as part of the School Based Health Alliance’s Adolescent ECHO program, it is not available for CME/CEU Credit.

Download Slides here: SBHA Webinar Obesity EDs BDD 2017 FINAL

Originally Presented On: November 8, 2017

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What’s new in STI epidemiology, prevention, and treatment for Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)?

Rates of syphilis and gonorrhea have been increasing in the United States, and most cases occur in men who have sex with men (MSM). In this webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will review recent trends in STIs and examine causes for these trends. He will also discuss the controversial impact of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on STI incidence among MSM. Dr. Ard will outline steps clinicians and health centers can take to address STIs in 2018.


Originally Presented On: April 23, 2018

Faculty: Dr. Kevin Ard

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Understanding and Addressing the

Social Determinants of Health for Black

LGBTQ People: An Example of the Way

Forward for Health Centers

Presentation Overview

  • Contextual Factors
    • Structural Determinants
    • Interpersonal Determinants
    • Individual Determinants
  • Way Forward
    • Increasing Awareness and Integration of the Lived Experiences of Black LGBTQ People
    • Examining and Changing our Personal Views and Behaviors
    • Assessing the Institutional Cultures of our Health Services
    • Providing Resources and Mechanisms to Empower Black LGBTQ People
    • Supporting the Resilience of Black LGBTQ People


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Understanding and Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for Black LGBTQ People: An Example of the Way Forward for Health Centers



Faculty: Sannisha K. Dale, Ph.D., Ed.M.
Assistant Professor in Psychology, University of Miami
Director, SHINE Research Program
Strengthening Health with INnovation and Engagement

Tfawa T. Haynes, MSW, LICSW
Psychotherapist, Fenway Community Health, Boston, MA

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among LGBT People through Trauma-informed Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Keuroghlian will describe the epidemiology of opioid use disorders in the LGBT population, while identifying LGBT subpopulations at increased risk. He will then discuss best practices in addressing opioid use disorders among LGBT people.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health for LGBTQ People

Originally Presented On: November 30, 2017

Faculty: Jessica Flaherty

In part one of this two part webinar Jessica Flaherty will introduce new terms used to explore the ways in which oppression (racism, homo/bi/trans-phobia, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism) impact health outcomes for LGBTQ patients. She will also consider dominant group identity and oppressive behaviors, while identifying anti-oppressive best practices that support healthy outcomes for LGBTQ patients.

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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV: The Basics and Beyond

Originally Presented On: October 19, 2017

Faculty: Kevin Ard, MD

In this interactive webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will review how to prescribe and monitor PrEP. Using patient cases, he will discuss unique considerations that apply to PrEP management for transgender people, serodifferent couples, those who are pregnant or trying to conceive, and adolescents. Finally, through real-world examples, participants will learn how to incorporate PrEP into diverse clinic settings. This webinar will be useful for both clinicians who are new to PrEP and those who are experienced PrEP providers, as well as administrators interested in a creating a PrEP program.

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Black MSM and PrEP: Challenges and Opportunities

Originally Presented On: March 23, 2017

Faculty: Leandro Mena (University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Population Health and School of Medicine and Open Arms Health Care Center) and Latesha Elopre (University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine)

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

Although estimates of HIV incidence remain relatively stable in the United States (US), the epidemic continues to increase disproportionately among men who have sex with men (MSM). Notably, nearly half of new HIV infections occur in the South, where Black/African American, young MSM (YMSM, 18 to 35) are at greatest risk. PrEP is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy. While the data about its safety and efficacy in this population are encouraging, structural and social barriers that undermine optimal PrEP uptake, as well as suboptimal adherence and retention in PrEP-related, follow-up medical care must be addressed. In this webinar, two leading infectious disease providers and researchers from Mississippi and Alabama will address possible barriers and facilitators of PrEP uptake among Black MSM and highlight novel efforts to deliver PrEP services to Black MSM.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health among LGBTQ Latinx Young Adults

Originally Presented On: June 22, 2016

Faculty: Suyanna Barker, Community Health Action Department Director, La Clínica del Pueblo, Manuel Diaz-Ramirez, ¡Empodérate! Youth Center Manager, La Clínica del Pueblo, Alexa Rodriguez Transgender Program Coordinator for ¡Empoderáte! Youth Center

Latino(a) youth and young adult men who have sex with men or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender often face stigma, discrimination, and language barriers that prevent them from accessing prevention and treatment at health care centers, and leaving them vulnerable to high rates of HIV and other health disparities. In this session, panelists Suyanna Linhales Barker, DrPH; Manuel Diaz-Ramirez, and Alexa Rodriguez, all from La Clinica del Pueblo, will discuss the social determinants of health that create barriers to prevention and care for young adult Latino(a)s. The panelists will draw on their experiences working with this population, including young Latinos living with HIV, and transgender latino(a)s in the Washington, DC area to give participants the tools to recognize barriers within their own organizations to better facilitate prevention and care opportunities for transgender and MSM Latino young adults.

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Optimizing Linkage, Engagement, and Retention in HIV Care for Adolescents and Young Adults of Color

Originally Presented On: April 14, 2015

Faculty: Lawrence Vinson, Youth Linkage to Care Project Manager, The SMILE Program, The Fenway Institute, Molly McHenry, NP, Sidney Borum Jr Health Center, Liz Salomon, EdM, Project Director, Connect to Protect (C2P) Boston, The Fenway Institute

Sponsors: National LGBT Health Education Center and National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at Boston’s SMILE in Caring for Youth program, an NIH-funded program that works with young people (ages 12-24) living with HIV, their providers, and their families/caregivers to facilitate practical and meaningful linkage to, engagement in, and maintenance of care. Recognizing the disproportionate impact that HIV has on youth of color, SMILE also works with the Connect to Protect (C2P) Boston coalition to address barriers through community mobilization and structural change. Project Manager of SMILE, Lawrence Vinson ,and a Nurse Practitioner at the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, Molly McHenry, will present their experiences engaging Boston youth into HIV care, and will describe how racial justice focused structural change initiatives can help this optimize this work. They will also describe how their program builds partnerships with clinicians and case managers at health centers and other community based organizations to help youth navigate the HIV Continuum of Care.

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Calidad de cuidado para lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgéneros y transexuales: Eliminando la invisibilidad y las disparidades en salud

Originally Presented On: April 4, 2013

Faculty: Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD and Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD., MSW. School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus/ Escuela de Salud Pública - Universidad de Puerto Rico

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center and La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR)

La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR) is pleased to sponsor a free webinar on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Puerto Rico. Developing culturally responsive care for LGBT people has become an urgent issue in our communities. In this program, Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD and Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD., MSW of the Escuela de Salud Pública – Universidad de Puerto Rico, will discuss the unique health needs of LGBT people and will recommend ways to address those needs in community health centers. Participants will also learn terminology associated with LGBT people, as well as ways to create a welcoming health care environment.

La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Inc. (ASPPR) se complace en patrocinar un seminario gratuito por internet sobre la salud de las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, y transgéneros (LGBT) en Puerto Rico. El desarrollo de la atención culturalmente sensible para las personas LGBT se ha convertido en un tema urgente en nuestras comunidades. En este programa, Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, MPHE, PhD y Carmen M. Vélez Vega, PhD, MSW de la Escuela de Salud Pública – Universidad de Puerto Rico, tratarán las necesidades de salud únicas de las personas LGBT y recomendarán formas de abordar tales necesidades en los centros comunitarios de salud. Los participantes también aprenderán terminología asociada con las personas LGBT, al igual que formas para crear un ambiente acogedor de atención de la salud. Al final del seminario por internet habrá tiempo para preguntas y respuestas. Se dispone de créditos de CEU/CME gratuitos de la Academia Americana de Médicos de Familia (ver a continuación para obtener más información). Esperamos que se una a nosotros en esta importante oportunidad de aprendizaje.

This webinar was presented in Spanish! Este webinar se presentarán en Español!

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LGBT Health Care with Asian American Populations

Originally Presented On: February 9, 2015

Faculty: Kerry Kay, MD, Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA, Kevin Shi, PA-C, Fenway Health, and Kevin Ard, MD, National LGBT Health Education Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Sponsors: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and The National LGBT Health Education Center

Health center patients often come in for care with many identities that can impact health, wellness, and access to health care. This webinar will explore the varied health care needs of Asian Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), from both a clinical and programmatic perspective. The panel will feature Dr. Kevin Ard of the National LGBT Health Education Center, who will provide an overview of LGBT definitions and concepts, followed by Dr. Kerry Kay, who will describe lessons learned from his work at Asian Health Services to increase organizational LGBT cultural competence; finally, Kevin Shi, PA-C, of Fenway Health, will describe his clinical experiences working with Asian American LGBT communities.

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Providing Care and Support for Transgender Rural Latino/as and Migrant Farmworkers

Originally Presented On: October 22, 2013

Faculty: Jennifer Hastings, MD, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; and Anna Rick, Community Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance

Sponsors: Farmworker Justice and the National LGBT Health Education Center

This webinar represents a unique opportunity to learn about the health and support needs of transgender Latino/a migrant farmworkers and other rural Latino/a transgender persons. Dr. Jennifer Hastings of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Anna Rick of California Rural Legal Assistance, who both have extensive first-hand experience in caring for and assisting these populations, lead participants in understanding aspects of the life and health care experiences of their transgender patients and clients. Webinar participants will also learn methods for asking appropriate, sensitive questions about gender identity concerns, and strategies for providing sensitive, inclusive care based on cultural humility. Dr. Hastings and Ms. Rick will also explain their model of inter-agency collaboration that works to help clients find legal and community supports to enhance their health and well-being. This webinar is a collaboration of Farmworker Justice and the National LGBT Health Education Center, both National Cooperative Agreements with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Bureau of Primary Health Care.

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Rural Latino LGBT HIV Prevention: Community Building and Access to Care

Originally Presented On: January 14, 2014

Faculty: Scott Rhodes, PhD, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University, Anna Leah Rick, Community Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance

Sponsors: Farmworker Justice and National LGBT Health Education Center

Farmworker Justice and the National LGBT Health Education Center are jointly presenting a new webinar on rural Latino LGBT health, with a focus on interventions that promote HIV prevention in LGBT communities.  Scott Rhodes, PhD, MPH, of Wake Forest School of Medicine, will discuss a promising new community-based participatory research project that aims to prevent new HIV and STI infections through building and supporting positive social networks and increasing community capacity among Latino gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender people.  Next, Anna Rick of California Legal Rural Assistance will describe access to care issues for rural Latino MSM in California, and will discuss ways in which her organization works with parents of Latino LGBTQ youth (a population at higher risk for HIV) to engage them in supporting behaviors.  Free CME/CEU credit will be offered.

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LGBT People of Color

Greater Risk for HIV Infection of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Critical Literature Review

A literature review exploring 12 hypotheses to explain the disproportionate impact of HIV infection on the Black MSM community, including a higher prevalence of other STDs, delayed diagnosis of HIV, and more.

Hermanos de Luna y Sol: Addressing Stigma and Promoting Community Involvement in Latino Gay Men

An HIV risk-reduction intervention program targeted at Spanish-speaking MSM. The program emphasizes the impact of community building and cultural pride on increasing safe sexual behavior, and programming is based around peer support.

Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC)

A Boston-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of Black, Hispanic and Latin@ LGBT individuals in the area, with the intention of making people with intersectional identities feel welcome and safe in their racial and ethnic communities as well as in the Boston LGBT community as a whole. This website includes information on HBGC’s programs (which are targeted toward LGBT youth of color, women, those affected by domestic violence or partner abuse, and those looking to become mentors) as well as support groups, services, and pathways to get involved.

Missed Opportunities: How Organized Philanthropy Can Help Meet the Needs of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Communities

Written by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), this publication outlines key issues facing LGBT AAPI communities, explores the unique structure of LGBT AAPI communities, and offers recommendations for philanthropic investment in these communities based on a current lack of philanthropic support.

NorthEast Two-Spirit Society

A website meant to organize LGBT and two-spirit American Indians of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The organization aims to educate the larger LGBT community about two-spirit history and tradition, and to expand the community by connecting with other organizations. The NE2SS website features profiles of significant figures, history, links to outside resources, and a list of NE2SS events.

Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA)

Founded with the goal of eliminating racism in the Boston-area LGBT community, QAPA’s website lists events and calls for volunteers for activist efforts around queer Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Race and Sexual Identity: Perceptions about Medical Culture and Healthcare among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men

An article exploring the various factors related to high impact of HIV on Black men who have sex with men in New York State and Atlanta, GA. The authors highlight racial and sexual discrimination that are present not only in larger society but also in the medical world, emphasizing a need for more providers of color and improved communication within the health care system.

SOMOS: Evaluation of an HIV Prevention Intervention for Latino Gay Men

An article exploring potential interventions for Latino gay men who face high infection rates of HIV, emphasizing the positive impact of social interventions based around social support resources and group identification.

The Black Gay Research Group (BGRG)

BGRG, a group of Black gay men dedicated to reviewing and producing scholarly writing on Black gay men, hosts this website, which features information on the organization, opportunities to donate and volunteer, and information about the group’s Black Gay Research Summits, Black Gay Research Think Tank, and National Black Gay Research Agenda.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

A civil rights organization dedicated to ending racism and homophobia. NBJC’s website highlights issues such as health and wellness, HIV/AIDS, discrimination in employment, family recognition, transgender equality, safe and inclusive schools, and HBCUs. The website also hosts a blog and resource list.

The Red Circle Project (RCP)

The RCP provides support and services to Native Gay/Two Spirit men and Native male-to-female transgender individuals. The website features research, resources, and basic Two Spirit terminology.

Discrimination in Health Care

2014 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Report

An annual report produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, summarizing the state of health care in the United States as a whole, as well as the disparities faced by racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in 2014.

When Health Care Isn’t Caring: Lambda Legal’s Survey on Discrimination Against LGBT People and People Living with HIV

The first survey created to measure disparities in health care experienced by the LGBT population in the United States. The report includes findings and recommendations for providers to improve fairness in health care.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

A report based off of the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Includes a full report, as well as shorter summaries focused on states, regions, and race/ethnicity.