LGBT Health Awareness Week

LGBT Health Awareness Week recognizes the health concerns of the LGBT community. Photo provided.

The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to bring attention to LGBT health issues and health disparities. LGBT Health Awareness Week is a time for community members, advocates, service providers, and government officials to come together and recognize the health and wellness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals, families, and the whole community. The 14th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week will be the week of March 28.

Last year, the theme of LGBT Health Awareness Week was Time to Come Together: Trust. Transparency. Truth. Activities included a Congressional Briefing entitled “It’s Time for Health Transparency” and a webinar entitled “It’s Time for Trusting Relationships: Lessons from LGBT Health Centers Building Trust with their LGBT Clients.”

This year several focus topics have been selected. The National Coalition for LGBT Health has created the LGBT Health Training and Certificate Program.

The program is a professional development offering for clinical and allied healthcare providers and support staff to cultivate new skills and gain critical knowledge to enhance the delivery of quality, culturally competent care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender consumers.

This program includes a comprehensive web-based series of educational modules on LGBT health, focusing on healthcare providers, service delivery, and health systems. Topics include sexual orientation and gender identity, cultural competency, health disparities across racial and ethnic communities, and LGBT friendly health systems. Following a final exam, participants will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in LGBT Health from The National Coalition for LGBT Health reflecting their completion of the program.

PrEP Education: The Coalition is a co-sponsor of PrEP forums conducted around the country. These forums are for clinical providers, service providers, and consumers to educate them on PrEP usage in preventing HIV infection.


The Gayly- 3/27/2016 @ 8:10 AM CST