Behavioral Health Care for LGBTQIA+ People

Date of Review: May, 2023

This resource is an online module from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center and it discusses the contribution of minority stress to mental health and substance use disorders among LGBTQIA+ people, in addition to recommending specific affirming practices and briefly touches on trauma-informed care. It may be applied to all specialties and types of providers within healthcare and is an easy curriculum to implement, as it is completely virtual and asynchronous. Important concepts are reviewed and a patient case is included to work through in a self-study manner. This module is very much introductory and does not go in depth with any of the topics listed above. It is brief, only taking ~30min to complete with only 1 patient example, so additional resources would be needed for a thorough lesson but it is a wonderful introduction and could be used as introductory material for students in the clinical clerkships as well as in faculty development for those providing clinical care. Of note, you do have to create an account to access the material but it is free of charge. —Cassandra Smith, MD, NCEAS (edited by Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD)


National LGBT Health Education Center – The Fenway Institute

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Boston, MA

Level of Learner Assessment

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)

Knowledge Application (Case vignette, non-reflective essay)

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