LGBT and Allies

LGBT Healthcare Education and Resources

Brigham Health's LGBT Employee Resource Group carefully selected these resources for providers to assist them in offering culturally competent, evidence-based care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender patients.

These and more are available on the Partners Employee Assistance Program website.

Resources for Providers

Community and Regional Resources
Comprehensive Resources
  • The Fenway Institute’s National LGBT Health Education Center
    The Fenway Institute offers online learning modules, monthly webinars (and archives), and online courses for CME/CEU credit. Under Publications, see their briefs, especially “Improving the Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People: Understanding and Eliminating Health Disparities.” They have published an excellent textbook dedicated to LGBT health, The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health (2008), ISBN-13: 978-1930513952.
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
    Under Resources/Publications, see their “Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender  Patients.” GLMA  prepares Top Ten guides for LGBT patients to bring up with their physicians (see Resources/For Patients). They also offer an online CME course on tobacco use and interventions for LGBT persons.
  • Institute of Medicine
    An IOM committee conducted a review assessing the state of the science on the health status of LGBT populations; identified research gaps and opportunities related to LGBT health; and outlined a research agenda that is assisting the NIH in enhancing its research efforts in this area. Search the IOM website for the report “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s LGBT Health page
Disorders of Sex Development / Intersex Resources
  • Accord Alliance
    Accord Alliance promotes comprehensive and integrated approaches to care that enhance the health and well-being of people and families affected by disorders of sex development (DSD). (Persons with DSD sometimes use the term intersex for themselves, and the abbreviation LGBT sometimes is extended to LGBTI.) The Accord Alliance hosts “Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development” and a “Handbook  for  Parents” by the Consortium on the Management of Disorders of Sex Development.
Mental Health Resources
  • LGBT Mental Health Syllabus
    This website was created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) to teach psychiatry residents about caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex patients. Impressive in both its breadth and depth, it should be useful to all health and mental health trainees and practitioners.
  • The LGBT Casebook (2012)
    Edited by Petros Levounis, MD, MA, Jack Drescher, MD, and Mary E. Barber, MD, this book is an elegantly-written, rich resource that every psychiatrist should own. It is a masterfully organized exploration of everyday problems, concerns, and solutions for the professional treating LGBT persons with psychiatric diagnoses. Every physician can benefit from this casebook’s excellent treatment of the unique social conditions of sexual minorities. ISBN-13: 978-1585624218.
Transgender Health Resources
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
    WPATH is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender and transsexual health. Their Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender-Nonconforming People, version 7 is available free on their website.
  • UCSF – Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
    The Center’s primary care protocols (under Routine Care) are clearly organized by topic.
  • TransLine
    TransLine is a national online transgender medical consultation service that offers health care providers up-to-date transgender clinical information and free individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical transgender issues.

Free, Live Expert Webinars from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation

LGBT Patient-Centered Care: An Executive Briefing

This highly engaging and informative 90-minute overview gives senior healthcare managers the information they need to ensure that their organizations provide optimal care for LGBT patients and are in full compliance with CMS and Joint Commission requirements. Managers can attend on any of the six training dates offered, and can attend individually or together. Because the Executive Briefing covers organizational best practices in detail, non-managerial employees are encouraged to attend one or both of the webinars below instead. Register or learn more.

Your LGBT Patients: An Introduction

This 60-minute webinar is ideal for interested non-managerial employees. Employees can attend on any of the six training dates offered, and can attend individually or together. Managers who have attended the Executive Briefing in 2012 or 2013 shouldn’t attend this webinar, since its content is covered in the Executive Briefing. Register or learn more.

Transgender Patients: Organizational Best Practices

This 60-minute webinar is ideal for staff members who want to learn more about how their organizations can better serve transgender patients. Please note, however, that it focuses on organizational practices, not clinical information. Employees can attend on any of the three training dates offered, and can attend individually or together. Register or learn more.


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