LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series

 

The LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series is an assortment of modules and interactive trainings that provides affirming education, applicable skills, and best practices needed to advocate and improve health outcomes for LGBTQ+ patients.The series is specifically designed for healthcare students, professionals and anyone else interested in LGBTQ+ advocacy to address the significant health disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series is recommended by 99% of its participants. Read testimonials here. 


2022-2023 LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series

Registration

You can register here for the 2022-2023 LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series. The deadline to complete all four Content Modules and one Patient Simulation Session is March 31, 2023

The LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series is free for students and offered to professionals and other community members for a nominal fee of $30. The charge will come as a one-time fee for a Patient Simulation Session in order to assist in covering the costs of the series. Participants will earn a certificate of completion for completing the series.

Continuing Education credits will be offered for MDs, DOs, Nursing, Social Work, and Psychology. 

Requirements

1.      Complete at least 4 Content Modules 

Each content module is approximately 1 hour each and can be completed by:

    • Attending a live module either in person or via Zoom (Note: There will be five live sessions offered in the 2021-2022 academic year.)
    • Or, by watching a recorded module from previous years. To date, there are 30 modules from previous years available for viewing (link below under Online Modules). The 2021-2022 virtual modules will also be available online within 2 weeks of the event. Please note that continuing education credits cannot be offered for recorded modules.

2.     Attend a Patient Simulation Session. There will be one Patient Simulation Session over Zoom in Spring 2022. During the Patient Simulation session, you will have the opportunity to interact with LGBTQ+ community members in real time and practice skills. We will also have online Patient Simulation modules available later this Fall. We recommend live sessions because we believe the interaction is key, but we are only able to offer one live session this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Patient Simulation Session is free for students. Faculty, staff, and community members will be charged a $30 fee for registration to cover the costs of the certificate.  


2022-2023 Events

Live Virtual Content Modules

  1. Queering Healthcare: Creating a more inclusive patient experience
    Facilitated by Bridget Pitcock, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS (They/She)
    Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    Time: Noon – 1:00 pm
    Platform: TBD
    • Understand WHY affirming care is important;
    • Identify and use appropriate pronouns for patients;
    • Apply inclusive language in the healthcare setting;
    • Execute taking inclusive histories
    • Identify strategies and opportunities to decrease health disparities through inclusive medical screenings 

    Bridget Pitcock, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS has more than a decade of experience as an APRN and RN. They trained with a predominantly LGBTQ+ federally qualified community health center, where they refined their skills as a medical provider in exceptional, empowering, and affirming primary care. Bridget's areas of expertise include working with LGBTQ+ patients, HIV, hormone therapy, PrEP/PEP, gender affirming care, and health promotion in a  primary care setting. Bridget has presented gender affirming care and sessions on improving LGBTQ+ care for local and regional healthcare education programs and medical practices. She has served as a board member for the ACLU of Kentucky and was a member of the the University of Louisville Equality Advisory Board that was integral to the integration of LGBTQ+ curriculum in the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville (2015-2017). She earned a Daisy Award while working at Norton Healthcare. Bridget also received the "Caring with Dignity" Award from Spalding University in 2020. When not working as a nurse practitioner and educator, they enjoy mountain biking, running, and hiking with her pitbulls and wife. 

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Patient Simulation Session 

The patient simulation sessions are charged at a $30 fee for healthcare professionals and community members (to match the in person sessions) in order to assist in covering the costs of the series. These modules will still be offered for free for students. Follow this link for the payment portal. 

  • Live Patient Simulation Session
    Facilitated by LGBT Center Staff and others from the LGBTQ+ community
    Date: TBD
    Time: TBD
    Register for this session.

Our Patient Simulation sessions offer an interactive and highly effective approach to learning in which LGBTQ+ community members act out patient encounters with participants and offer feedback. Participants will be placed in small groups and given the opportunity to practice taking scenario-based sexual and social histories with volunteer members of the LGBTQ+ community. We recommend this session because we believe the live interaction is the key to learning. Unfortunately, we are only able to offer one live session this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Online Patient Simulation Modules

    We are excited to announce a new self-paced Online Patient Simulation Modules. These modules allow people to have the experience of the Patient Simulation Session at a time that is most convenient to them, or even over time at their own pace. The Online Patient Simulation is 3 modules that facilitate an interactive learning environment. Completion of all three modules is required in order to complete the series and for this to count as the Patient Simulation. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the three modules. Each module will have the same set of reflection questions at the end with instructions on how to complete them. When you finish please submit them to LGBT@louisville.edu.

    Online Patient Simulation Modules 

    ***You must attend one Patient Simulation Session in order to earn a certificate of completion. Participation in this year's series will not roll over to next year. 

Aaron Weathers, LGBT Center Assistant Director, leading a LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series session in spring 2018


Previously Recorded Modules


 For more information about the 2022-2023 LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series, please email

LGBT Center - Belknap

Cultural & Equity Centers

120 E. Brandeis Ave.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

Diversity & Equity Centers on Belknap Campus are open 
M-Th 9am-5pm

Belknap and HSC LGBT Center staff available virtually 
M-F 9am-5pm

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LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 209C/D

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861