The following courses are available through the VA Talent Management Systems (TMS).

Do Ask, Do Tell: 5 Awkward Minutes to Better Patient Care

Veterans Health Administration Directive 1340, published in July 2017, establishes policy regarding the respectful delivery of clinically appropriate health care to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) Veterans. It is VHA policy that all staff provides clinically appropriate, comprehensive, Veteran-centered care with respect and dignity to LGB Veterans. Clinically appropriate care includes assessment of sexual health as indicated with all patients, and attention to health disparities experienced by LGB people. This video addresses how to ask the appropriate questions and provides scenarios to demonstrate the conversation.

The course offers CME/CEU accreditation. Click here for more information. (Note: This link will only work for VHA facilities)

Treating the Unique Health Care Needs of Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Related Identities

The live web-based series purpose is to further educate providers about Veteran Affair's policies, practices, expertise, standards, and resources for treating Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Related Identities. At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to: identify health needs and disparities experienced by LGBT Veterans; describe the role of minority stress in contributing to LGBT Veteran health disparities; identify why and how to ask patients about their birth sex and gender identity and sexual orientation; describe strategies for creating a more welcoming practice for LGBT patients, including Veterans; and cite resources about LGBT Veteran health.

The course offers 2 credit hours of CME/CEU accreditation. Click here for more information. (Note: This link will only work for VHA facilities)

Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Veterans in VHA

This series of brief trainings is designed to give VHA providers a foundational understanding of key components of care for transgender and gender diverse Veterans. This series is organized into brief (15-20 minute), topic-focused trainings so that providers can select exactly the topic they want to review at any given time. Each training has downloadable resources to support best clinical care.

Covered topics include:

  • Diagnosing Gender Dysphoria Presenter: Colleen Sloan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
  • Assessment of Readiness and Consent for Hormone Therapy Presenter: Colleen Sloan, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
  • Medical Evaluation for Feminizing Hormone Therapy Presenter: Jennifer Flynn, M.D., Primary Care Physician
  • Medical Evaluation for Masculinizing Hormone Therapy Presenter: Jennifer Flynn, M.D., Primary Care Physician
  • Feminizing Hormone Therapy Presenter: Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Endocrinologist
  • Masculinizing Hormone Therapy Presenter: Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Endocrinologist

More trainings in this series are in progress and are expected to come online in early 2020.

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The following is an in-person training developed by the VHA that may be used.

AT EASE: Welcoming LGBT Veterans

The Veteran’s Health Administration has taken an active role in recent years to reduce health disparities for LGBT Veterans. This training is one of many tools created toward that end. It was created with the following aims: To increase staff competence in issues of sexuality and gender, and to promote a welcoming environment for all veterans regardless of sexual or gender identity.

This training was designed to be provided in a group setting with a trained facilitator. It does not offer CME/CEU accreditation.

To receive credit for the HEI survey, please make sure to have everyone sign in and then submit the sign-in sheet using the online form to request credit.

Click here for more information. (Note: This link will only work for VHA facilities)

These are the only pre-approved courses available to VHA facilities that may be submitted for HEI credit. Please note that there may be other LGBTQ related content available on the TMS system. Those courses were not developed by the VHA LGBT Health Program and have not been pre-approved for use in the HEI.

To receive pre-approval for a training that you are offering locally at your VHA facility, please review this page where you will find information about our guidelines for internal trainings as well as the link to the form that we need you to fill out and submit for training approval. Once you have reviewed and confirmed that your training fits the general guidelines, please submit the slides and other information via the form for approval.