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Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 7, 2018
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Elaina Vitale, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Class Instructors

Elaina Vitale, MLIS, Academic Coordinator


LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. 


  • Participants will develop a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community
  • Participants will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team
  • Participants will be able to identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials
  • Participants will gain ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify interprofessional opportunities for librarians 

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class also satisfies the requirements for Level I CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization.

Original Author

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region

Current Authors

Jacqueline Leskovec, Network Librarian, NNLM Greater Midwest Region, and Tony Nguyen, Technology and Communication Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region