CORE (Critical Objective-driven Reformative Education) Four
Howard Brown offers four foundational courses tailored to health care providers and care teams interested in learning more about working with LGBTQ people in their institutions.
- LGBTQ 101: Foundations of Care: This course reviews sexual orientation and gender identity basic and introduces LGBTQ terminology and community history. Participants will learn about health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people, some of the reasons behind those health disparities, and best practices that they can implement to care for LGBTQ identified individuals.
- Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) 101: Foundations of Care: This course reviews gender identity basics and introduces TGNC terminology and community history. Participants will learn about disparities experienced by LGBTQ, review best practices when providing care to TGNC identified individuals, and practice recognizing and addressing implicit bias.
- Gender Appropriate Language: Practical Skill Development: In this course, learners will acquire skills and best practices to communicate in ways that are affirming to TGNC patients. Participants will learn how to understand trauma informed care, dismantle the gender binary, define misgendering as trauma, ask people for their pronouns, and incorporate best practices to promote health equity for transgender and gender nonconforming people.
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data Collection: Best Practices and Skill Development: This course provides an overview of LGBTQ health disparities and discusses the importance of collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information about patients and clients. This course will empower health care providers and care teams to ask patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity and how to record this data in electronic medical records.
Health Education About LGBT Elders (HEALE)
Aging LGBTQ adults experience numerous health disparities, yet healthcare providers and nurses rarely receive adequate education on the needs of this population. In response, Howard Brown Health experts developed the HEALE series, which includes the following modules:
- An Introduction to LGBTQ Elders: This module introduces participants to essential LGBTQ terminology and concepts and best practices for working with LGBTQ older adults, including practicing cultural humility and learning to recognize implicit bias.
- Health Disparities and Barriers to Care: This module explores health disparities experienced within the LGBTQ elder population and discusses reasons for these health disparities, including barriers to care, minority stress, and social determinants of health.
- Sex and Sexuality in for LGBTQ Older Adults: This module discusses sexual health of LGBTQ older adults, including both benefits of sexuality and risk for sexually transmitted infections. Participants will be able to practice core elements of conducting an accurate, comprehensive, and LGBTQ affirming sexual history.
- Legal and Financial Barriers to Care: This module discusses the legal concerns common to the LGBTQ elder community, including issues that translate into financial instability and lack of protections for alternative family structures.
- Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Elders: This module provides an overview of the TGNC community, including terminology, history, common myths, and gender-affirming medical care. Participants will develop best practices for working with transgender older adults.
- HIV and Aging: This module discusses HIV basics, including HIV transmission, treatment, prevention, and history of the epidemic. Additionally, this module explores HIV trends among LGBTQ older adults, the importance of HIV testing in this population, and complications of long term HIV treatment, including how to differentiate between common geriatric diseases, the course of HIV/AIDS, and the effects of long term antiretroviral therapy.
- LGBTQ Elders of Color: This module introduces LGBTQ elders of color, health disparities experienced by this population, and reasons for these health disparities, including racism in medicine, minority stress, and social determinants of health. Participants will learn about best practices for caring for LGBTQ Elders of Color, including a discussion of frameworks of care such as intersectionality and anti-oppression.
- Primary Care Best Practices for LGBTQ Older Adults: This module summarizes modules 1-6, providing an introduction to the LGBTQ older adult population and developing best practices for working with this community, including practicing cultural humility.
For more information about either of these courses please contact the Howard Brown Health Education Department at: email@example.com